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David Sklansky's Hold'em Poker

David Sklansky's Hold'em Poker


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Overall Rating: 3

# of Pages:

110

Year:

1997

Suggested Retail Price:

$19.95


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.


This text is must reading for anyone planning to play hold’em. It was the first definitive work on hold’em poker and was originally published in 1976. Yet, it is still one of the most important and best selling poker books available.

The text is designed for someone relatively new to the game, but it also contains much sophisticated material which all players should find beneficial. It is probably best known for the Sklansky Hand Rankings, which made the game much simpler to quantify and understand. Some of the topics include how Texas hold’em is played, the importance of position, the first two cards, the key "flops," strategy before the flop, semi-bluffing, the free card, slowplaying, check raising, head-up on fifth street, and how to read hands. Not only was this text, which is Sklansky’s first work, a major contributor to the explosive growth of this game, it is also a book that's been read by most serious players.

However, now, if you are familiar with limit Texas hold'em and already have some limited experience, I would recommend Sklansky's Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players and Miller's Small Stakes Hold'em over this book.


Overall Rating: 3

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