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  • Paperback: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Two Plus Two; 1997 Ed edition (21 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781880685082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880685082
  • ASIN: 1880685086
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Must reading for anyone planning to play hold 'em.
Hold 'em Poker by David Sklansky is must reading for anyone planning to play in Nevada, California, or any place else where hold 'em is offered including a home game. This was the first definitive work on hold 'em poker and was originally published in 1976. Yet, it is still one of the best-selling poker books available, and in 1997 was expanded and updated to account for today's modern double blind structure.

The text is designed for someone relatively new to the game, but it still 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, semibluffing, 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 contribution to the explosive growth of this game, it is also a book that should be read by all serious players. (110 pages, plus the original publisher's foreword; ISBN #1-880685-08-6...$19.95)


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Sertaine on 24 May 2005
Format: Paperback
This is more or less considered the 'bible' for texas hold'em players, and for good reason: Sklansky and Malmuth are recognized as the leading authorities on poker strategy. While HPFAP is a difficult read, nearly every single aspect of proper hold'em strategy is covered in excruciating detail. While I would suggest picking up less complex books to start out with (look for Lee Jones'), this is a must read for all serious hold'em players.

Now for some constructive criticism: this is by no means a beginner's book - a lot of novices have heard the authors praised and figure they should run out and buy this book. I'll warn you now that unless you've got 6 to 12 months of hold'em experience, the writing in this book will be WAY over your head. It's not just the terminology, but the authors assume that readers are already well-versed in all basic hold'em strategies. The first time I read the book, it seemed utterly nonsensical. Only now that I go back and re-read it do I truly understand what the authors are talking about in many places.
Where to apply the poker tools this book gives you? Anywhere, really - I used to play at my local casino 4 times / wk, but now play almost exclusively online, since play goes so much faster - I go out of my mind with boredom when I try and sit at a casino nowadays.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
This was the first keen analysis of the game AND Sklansky's first book. Many of the ideas in this work were crafted into his later _Theory of Poker_. The book is somewhat dated in that D.S. undervalues the importance of position and underrates the profit potential of smaller pocket pairs. His writing style is stiff, not languid, and does not lend itself to easy reading. Many gambling pros speak their thoughts in an abrupt, abbreviated fashion and D.S. carried it over into his written product. He describes pot odds he anticipates at the close of betting as "implied odds", a phrase copied by other writers. If they are anticipated odds why shouldn't they be called that? D.S. seems to derive less of his income from the tables and more from author's royalties and consulting fees (he has advised casinos to abandon the three for two bonus on naturals in twenty-one). He has also stated that no one had published any insightful word on poker prior to 1976 (his book). His notoriety has gone to his head. This is a gratuitous slight to Herbert O. Yardley's _Education of a Poker Player_ published in 1957. However, this revised 1976 book is still worthwhile reading, for Hold'em and poker in general, and not reading it would be a mistake.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2003
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This was the first book i had bought on hold em poker. The early stages of the book are very interesting. It discusses the best opening hands depending on the position you are in, and then goes on to talk about good and bad flops. With a few read throughs i felt i had grasped these early chapters.
the language in the book includes quite a few poker terms and despite having bought and read a number of poker books since im still unclear exactly what some of them mean.
the later stages of the book are also informative but unfortunately very brief, it discusses pot odds, semi bluffing, and reading the opponent. but at the end of the day you are left feeling; "i now know about it, but im pretty sure i couldnt apply it in a game" a greater number of examples may have been more useful.
in summary, perhaps i was wrong to make this my first book on hold 'em, but as the book says on the back cover it is suitable for a player of my experience
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 May 2004
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Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players has certainly been one of the most influential poker books ever written, it has literally changed how people have played this game. Moreover, this book has, in large part, set the standard by which other poker books have been judged. Now, a much expanded new edition for the 21st century has been released.
The book starts with several short preliminary sections, including the Forward by expert player Ray Zee, the Introduction, and a section called "Using This Book". The reader is warned immediately that this book should not be read casually. It is intended as a text book on Texas Hold'em and will need to be studied as a text, not read as one would a novel, if the reader is to maximize the benefit of the material within.
Then, the first of eight sections begins, covering the play of the first two cards. This includes the now famous hand ranking table. The authors recommend which sorts of hands to play in various positions but emphasize that it is not sufficient to just play well before the flop to be a winning player. The second section covers various important concepts about which the Hold'em player must be aware, including Semi-Bluffing, Slow Playing, the Check Raise, Inducing Bluffs, and many more. The third section covers a wide variety of topics, including playing when a flush draw flops, playing trash hands, playing against a maniac, etc.. Most of these sections were classics when they were written. They're even better now that they've been updated to more closely reflect the sorts of games that are commonly found in card rooms today.
Sections four through six cover playing in all sorts of non-standard games, and this is the area where the book has been most greatly expanded since its original printing.
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