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No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice Paperback – May 30, 2006
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About the Author
More recently David has been doing consulting work for casinos and gaming companies. He has recently invented several casino games including Hold em Challenge and All In Hold em.
David attributes his standing in the gambling community to three facts:
1. The fact that he presents his ideas as simply as possible (sometimes with Mason Malmuth) even though these ideas frequently involve concepts that are deep, subtle, and not to be found elsewhere.
2. The fact that what he articulates can be counted on to be accurate.
3. The fact that for many years a large portion of his income was derived from gambling (usually poker, but occasionally blackjack, sports betting, horses, video games, casino promotions, or casino tournaments).
There is little doubt that the majority of the successful poker players today attribute a great deal of their success to reading and studying David s books.
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No limit holdem had all but disappeared(except for tournament play) until about three or four years ago and any one playing today understands the explosion in poker is primarily centered around no limit holdem. Many veteran players like myself have tried to adopt and adapt a solid limit approach to no limit and achieved mixed results. Often the mixed results have left us wondering if were are getting better or just experiencing a good run. This book will help you think about and understand the game better than most of the previously published no limit material.
Many of the "greats" that we have come to know play and teach the game through their own experience and developed "feel" for the game, which is nearly impossible to teach. By learning the underlying theory of no limit holdem as taught by Sklansky, the student comes to understand how "situational" especially no limit is and how to think about the game in numerous situations. Those players willing to study this book will accelerate past the players who are primarily playing an adapted limit game or by trial and error. I have already expanded my approach and thinking process after only one reading and am eager to re-read it after a few more sessions of play. Highly recommended.
Sklansky is the son of a mathematician, and Ed Miller is an MIT graduate. Their strength is in mathematics, and they excel in Limit Holdem due to it. However in No-Limit, they have no qualifications. Sklansky isn't known as a good NL player (the next time I see him in a WSOP NL final table will the first time), and Ed Miller doesn't even frequent the middle-stake games. How much stock would you put into someone else's limit holdem advice if they don't play higher than 10/20 holdem? It's like that guy who's playing 3/6 holdem with you, but he acts like everything spewed from his mouth is a blessing for those lucky enough to hear. Except with these authors, they actually do have credentials from another form of poker, so many people will assume, they also are an authority on other forms of poker. Would you take tennis lessons from a good ping pong player?
They make a lot of observations about NL situations with math, but they don't actually give out a game plan of how to logically think through a hand the way a pro does. They fill the book with these types of situations:
Assume he has these hands: 99, AT, T9s, and if the pot has this much money ($500) and you have $1000 left, and opponent has $1000 left, then the following bets will net you X%, depending on how frequently they call Y% or they raise you back Z%. Then they proceed with the math to explain each possibility.Read more ›
NLHE:TAP is simply the best textbook on the subject. The best book for gaining an understanding of how math still rules the game, even if the math is much more complex than it is in limit. But Sklansky stresses that he's simply giving the concepts needed to approach situations with and, to borrow a pithy cliche from the book, he's teaching you to fish and to eat for a lifetime instead of giving you a fish and allowing you to eat for a hand or two. The "Fundamentals" section is the primary "teaching you to fish" part. If one were to master these concepts one would know how to react to most any situation that would come up at a poker table. Sklansky stresses the importance of concepts such as hand reading and manipulating your opponents that can't be taught in a textbook, but while not everyone can master those concepts (it's something that only comes through experience and practice) most anyone can master the fundamentals with time and effort.
What follows is a chapter-by-chapter review.Read more ›
But a lot of the examples assume:
* Your opponents have their heads firmly implanted up their butts.
* You can never fold your big pair.
To a certain extent, these are just simplifying assumptions to make the math easier. They lead us down some silly paths, though, in my opinion.
I think Miller and Sklansky have played predominately in strip casinos at a level where they don't play the same people that often. I think that's why they're not too worried about leaking information with their bet sizing. I've been playing a lot with the same people for a long time now, and we're exploiting patterns we discovered in hands played years ago. (Maybe the hidden lesson is that with good game selection you can play against opponents who aren't paying attention.)
On the whole, the book goes against the conventional wisdom. It makes for a more interesting book because of it, but I think they're wrong sometimes. Don't make it your first NLHE book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tough read but a great book. Looking forward to coming back to this book as my skills develop. It's a tough read only in that it's tough to communicate these concepts through text. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Justin
Very comprehensive indepth instructions on how to play winning poker.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer