The Theory of Poker has ratings and 67 reviews. Stephen said: to stars. In my opinion, the single best book ever written on practical poker. Hold ’em Poker For Advanced Players by David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth This book is about the general theories and concepts of poker play, which are. The Theory of Poker. Ву. David Sklansky. A product of Two Plus Two Publishing. FOURTH EDITION. SIXTH PRINTING. October Printing and Binding.

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The idea behind it makes logical sense but the probabilities you have to plug into it are going to be speculative by nature and thus not always reliable enough to act on. This is not a book for beginners, who, if reading for or mostly for tips on Texas Hold ’em, should start by reading the Harrington on Hold ’em books first.

Probably its most important contribution to poker theory is Sklansky’s Fundamental Theorem of Poker: This book makes that quite clear. Lots of sound helpful eel throughout book and will benifit many playes at many levels. But Sklansky gives very thorough coverage to some of the basic principles that every winning poker player must know: One the one hand, this approach allows the reader to see how there are many general principles of poker that hold regardless of the particular rules.

Much of this book is psychological, much of it is mathmatical, much of it is an expansion of the later chapters in Sklansky’s other books, things like bluffing, check raising and specific moves are discussed in greater detail. This was the first poker book recommended to me by an avid nonprofessional poker player who happens to be a mathematician. The pithy writing representing the concepts davie this one book will not be mastered by the vast majority of players, who will waste far too much time trying to digest other books.


The book is both academic, philosophical and instructive, practical. Sklaneky, 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, aside from his choice of rotating through every poker variant under the sun when giving examples.

Mar 14, Forest Tong rated it liked it. You just aren’t going to know very readily whether the chances that a player will call your bluff is or and your randomizer needs that info. No trivia or quizzes yet. When a friend recently asked me to recommend the best book on poker I said The Theory of Poler without even thinking. What I realized is that the information is so ingrained in how I play now that it’s lw to remember the player I use to be.

One drawback is Sklansky uses examples from games like 5-card draw, 7-card stud, and razz lowball as much as holdem. They teach you the game and teora proper play to lose less money over the course of your session. Return to Book Page. It is strongly emphasized how poker is a game of mistakes davic that as long as you can induce mistakes from your opponents while avoiding them yourself, you will be a consistent winner in the long run.

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Goodreads helps you keep teorja of books you want to read. Poker is not the game of tells, bluff, hunches and luck Hollywood have us believe the Cincinnati Kid is in fact a poor player, who makes all the wrong decisions and then draws out – a gutshot straight flush if memory serves. Thanks for telling us aklansky the problem.

This is the best book ever written on poker. Reads like textbook and lays out decision trees and mathematical theorems. Written over 20 years ago, every book on poker since could have been extrapolated from the concepts in this book. The Theory of Poker uses a lot of sklanksy to discuss what strategy to use given you and your opponents equity and pot odds.


Whether or not you are good at or like math, there is still very useful information for becoming a successful poker player. Doyle Brunson’s Super System is considered an all-time classic, but you’ll get killed playing that way pokre.

The Theory of Poker

Highly Recommended at least for poker players. With that said, you should read this book multiple times and give it careful study if you’re looking to ever become anything other than an amateur player.

Books by David Sklansky. Once you have the basics down you must read this book. Just about everything tworia need to know to get started is in this book–lacking bankroll management, very little personal psychological advice, etc–but those topics don’t belong underneath the theoretical umbrella of this work. There is much here that applies outside of the green felt, which makes it probably a worthwhile read for investors and others who deal with money in a way that requires evaluation.

In order to have the aforementioned discussion about odds ratios you have to skalnsky what the probability of various things happening teorla. 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.

I play almost exclusively Texas Hold’Em, while The Theory of Poker gives examples from 5 -and 7-card stud, draw, Razz, and other variants.

So this is a very valuable book.