Harrington on Hold ’em by Dan Harrington The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen Doyle Brunson’s Super System by. David Sklansky (born December 22, ) is an American professional poker player and Theory of Poker: A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How To Think Like One. ISBN Tournament Poker for Advanced. Poker Theorems The fundamental theory of poker was put forward by professional poker player David Sklansky in the popular poker strategy book The Theory of.

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Certainly, the concepts presented here are extraordinarily valuable regardless of which game one is playing, and in particular for Hold’em, but, the examples across lots of different games got to be kind of annoying.

That is, these are the ideas that separate the experts pokwr the typical players. I found it difficult to sklsnsky and apply the finer concepts even as I read the book at a slow pace. April 26th, The Fundamental Theorem of Poker “Every time you play a hand differently from the way you would have played it if you could see all your opponents’ cards, they gain; and every time you play your hand the same way you would have played it if you could see all their cards, they lose.

Some are a bit advanced but I’m trying to build a solid foundation. Effective odds are the real odds a player is getting from the pot when the player calls a bet with more than one card to come. The chapter on game theory is the most complex. Like most classic books, this is reference book that needs to be read periodically if you are serious about becoming a better poker player, because as one reviewer put it, all of your competition has read it and will use that knowledge against you.

The chapter on game theory is insane, read it a few times and if your brain hasn’t leaked out of your ears go buy a book on game theory.


Not allowing check raising in your home game is something like not allowing, say, the hit and run in a baseball game or the option pass in a football game. Talk with other players–preferably people who seem better than you. I recommend every serious poker player study this book. Also consider this strategy when an opponent to the right bets; raise even with the second-best hand to drive other opponents out. To ask other readers questions about The Theory of Pokerplease sign up. I have not read the book yet, I’m going to look for it and I’ll read it.

Unlike other books on poker that more of the psychological aspect of the game, Theory of Poker discusses the mathematics and game theory of it.

Looks like a book for beginners as it covers many different games Jazz, Stud Omaha not to mention Texas Holdem etc.

For the American lawyer, see David Alan Sklansky. Note number in brackets represents the number of bracelets earned in that year. Since I wasn’t sitting at a poker table as I read through, I accept that I should have taken better notes and will probably have to pick up the book should I ever decide I am serious about improving my playing.

So, I would play when EV is not only positive, but also above a certain value. For any of you who play by the numbers, Sklansky is for you. Two Plus Two Publishing Length: Unless you have odds to draw This means that you would be playing the most profitable game of poker possible, as you are following the fundamental theorem of poker perfectly.

You are forcing everyone else in the hand to call a double bet, the original bet and your immediate raise, and they will almost certainly fold. One of the best poker books. It may not be correct to push small mathematical edges to the maximum optimizing positive mathematical expectation when a player has a short bankroll.

He has all of require There is a reason every other poker book eventually says, read The Theory of Poker. Written over 20 years ago, every book on poker since could have been extrapolated from the concepts in this book.

However, poker is poker because you are never fully aware of what the other player holds. If you don’t know sklanky nuances of those games you can go to the end of the book where the rules are explained.


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This might be different if you playing in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio with a high end opponent you know well. They give you confidence to go in a throw some chips around daviid win some pots, but When a friend recently asked me to recommend the best book on poker I said The Theory of Poler without even thinking.

You are not a poker player until you understand what Sklansky has to say. 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. When I lose the maximum get stacked with a marginal second best hand. This particular poker theorem is different to the other ones described on this site, because it is a big general theorem as opposed to a smaller theorem that tells you what to do in X situation.


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Does anyone have a method that they use to remember the difference between the three and how to apply each? I read Gus Hansen’s book the year it came out.

Every time you play a hand differently from the way you would have played it if you could see all your opponents’ cards, they gain; and every time you play your hand the same way you would have played it if you could see all their cards, they lose.

This truly illustrates the fundamentals of poker. What’s the use of the fundamental theorem?

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