- Explains in detail pot odds, implied odds, how to calculate odds, reverse implied pot odds.
- Will open your mind to the theory of poker & math and odds that will greatly improve any poker player's game & profits.
- Can be a boring read as it's more like a math text book from school and lacks any images or stuff to keep the reading interesting.
- Unless you understand the game fully there is alot of terms about poker that could leave any begginer player puzzled.
The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky discusses theories and concepts
applicable to nearly every variation of the game, including five-card draw
(high), seven-card stud, hold ?em, lowball draw, and razz (seven-card
lowball stud). This book introduces you to the Fundamental Theorem of Poker,
its implications, and how it should affect your play. Other chapters discuss
the value of deception, bluffing, raising, the slow-play, the value of
position, psychology, heads-up play, game theory, implied odds, the free
card, and semibluffing.
Many of today?s top poker players will tell you that this is the book
that really made a difference in their play. That is, these are the ideas
that separate the experts from the typical players. Those who read and study
this book will literally leave behind those who don?t, and most serious
players wear the covers off their copies. This is the best book ever written
About the Author:
David Sklansky is generally considered the number one authority on gambling
in the world today. Besides his ten books on the subject, David also has
produced two videos and numerous writings for various gaming publications.
His occasional poker seminars always receive an enthusiastic reception,
including those given at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and the World Series
of Poker in Las Vegas.
More recently, David has been doing consulting work for casinos, Internet
gaming sites, and gaming device companies. He has recently invented several
games, soon to appear in casinos.
David attributes his standing in the gambling community to three things:
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 the things he says and writes can be counted on to be
3. The fact that to this day a large portion of his income is still
derived from gambling (usually poker, but occasionally blackjack, sports
betting, horses, video games, casino promotions, or casino tournaments).
Thus, those who depend on David?s advice know that he still depends on it
· Paperback: 300 pages
· Publisher: Two Plus Two Pub.; 3rd edition (December 1, 1989)
· ISBN: 1880685000
· Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
This book is one of the top 5 must have poker books for any serious poker player. This book will open your mind up to the mathmatical part of poker and will go into great detail all the different odds that are apart of the game. You may find this book boring to read, but if you can grind through the book & soak in the knowledge of information you will improve your game. I do not reccomend this book to someone who just took up the game as there will be so many terms that you will not understand and leave you puzzled. Once you understand poker and have some experience and want to take your game to the next level then this book will take you there.
Posted by dueceswild_3 on Apr 04, 2005 - 01:06 AM
My score: 4
Good book, everything in detail, recommanded
Posted by KenTimesTen on Apr 15, 2005 - 07:07 PM
My score: 5
Very good book by probably my most respected author. This is a necessity for those that don't apply math when they play. Sklansky, like most of his books uses a lot of very good examples that will definitely improve your poker game. A hands-down must-read for any beginner.
Posted by Undrtakr87 on Apr 16, 2005 - 02:24 PM
My score: 4.5
Good review. I recently purchased this book and it has also helped me out quite a bit with poker. It taught me a whole new way to look at it in a more mathematical sense.
Posted by yodoha on Apr 27, 2005 - 01:36 AM
My score: 2.5
Well if its boring to read than il pass on this book i hate reading boring stuff.
Posted by 1943steelpenny on May 02, 2005 - 08:12 PM
My score: 5
This is the best book out there!