The Theory of Poker

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The Theory of Poker

David Sklansky, «The Theory of Poker»
Two Plus Two Pub. | ISBN 1880685000 | 3RD Edition (Dec. 1994) | PDF | 13,76 MB | 300 Pages



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Publisher Comments:

Now, for the millions of poker players who know the basics, but do not fully understand the logic and principles of skillful play, here is a serious, comprehensive guide that shows how to think like a professional poker player.

The Theory of Poker puts you inside the heads of the greatest poker players in the world. It tells you the all-important factors you should consider in a particular situation before determining what to do. It talks about the general theories and concepts of poker play that are operative inn nearly every variation of poker and describes the thought processes of advanced poker players.

Using sample hands, it analyzes every aspect of a poker hand from the ante structure to play after the last card has been dealt in such games as five-card draw, seven-card stud, hold 'em, draw lowball, and razz, or seven-card lowball. Also included for quick easy reference are an appendix of basic game rules and a glossary of poker terms.


Synopsis:

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 on poker.

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 accurate.

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 himself.