No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice Paperback – 30 May 2006
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About the Author
David Sklansky is generally considered the number one authority on gambling in the world today. Besides his twelve books on the subject, David also has produced two videos and numerous writings for various gaming publications.
More recently David has been doing consulting work for casinos and gaming companies. He has recently invented several casino games including Hold em Challenge and All In Hold em.
David attributes his standing in the gambling community to three facts:
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 what he articulates can be counted on to be accurate.
3. The fact that for many years a large portion of his income was derived from gambling (usually poker, but occasionally blackjack, sports betting, horses, video games, casino promotions, or casino tournaments).
There is little doubt that the majority of the successful poker players today attribute a great deal of their success to reading and studying David s books.
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The only problem i would mention is that it tends to focus on deep stacked games (200xBB) and all the live games i can find in the UK tend to very small stacked (20xBB).
The ideas are great however and i'd recommend it to the more experienced players.
If youre starting out and wanting to start taking poker more serious i'd read Sklansky's Theory of Poker then the 3 Harringtons in order. Then this.
Then I plateaued, so I thought it was time to read. The first few books I picked up seemed to state the obvious (obvious after 6 months of playing) but this book has really taken me to the next step.
It's a straight forward read but not at all boring. It covers most if not all of the different aspects you need to master to become a great player. It's not a receipe book but an awareness book. In other words it doesn't tell you what to do but what to look for how to look for it. Then decision making just flows from there...
Although it's touted as been "deep" and "complicated" I didn't think it was. Sure you get lots of EV calcs but he didn't need to do them on the pages - the results would have done. it's not like one does those calcs at the table anyway. Some topics are very shallow. He talks about pot control but really just says - big pots for big hands and visa versa. So how are we supposed to keep the pot down in a QQ reraised hand against a guy who's just called our flop bet? What are the issues here?
I also found a lot of it is stating the obvious and making it seem insightful by offering a maths basis to it.