[Epub] ↠ Hold'em Poker Author David Sklansky – Thomashillier.co.uk


Hold'em Poker 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 Yet It Is Still One Of The Best Selling Poker Books Available, And In It 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, Heads Up On Fifth Street, And How To Read Hands


10 thoughts on “Hold'em Poker

  1. says:

    Classic


  2. says:

    Terse, but packed with powerHold em Poker is a revision of Sklansky s classic from 1976 It was the first authoritative poker book to actually give starting hands in hold em Sklansky arranged the hands into eight groups and gave recommendations on which ones to open with depending on position.In this edition he has revised the groups and corrected some minor errors For example, 7 6s was then both the 30 hand in Group 5 and the 53 hand in Group 8 That has been corrected.In addition to being Terse, but packed with powerHold em Poker is a revision of Sklansky s classic from 1976 It was the first authoritative poker book to actually give starting hands in hold em Sklansky arranged the hands into eight groups and gave recommendations on which ones to open with depending on position.In this edition he has revised the groups and corrected some minor errors For example, 7 6s was then both the 30 hand in Group 5 and the 53 hand in Group 8 That has been corrected.In addition to being the first book devoted exclusively to hold em, Sklansky s little gem is perhaps the best introductory book on hold em ever written, and then some Sklansky does a masterful job of introducing the reader to the game, pointing out how it differs from other poker games, narrows in on the community card essence of the game, and then, amazingly enough, gives the reader information and ideas of considerable value to even seasoned players Even if you have been playing hold em for some time, and even if you have read Brunson s SuperSystem, I still recommend that you spend some time with this book.Sklansky writes in a deceptively terse style so that the ideas and concepts are plainly stated without elaboration This has frustrated some readers because in some cases what Sklansky is saying is clear at first blush, while in other cases the text seems cryptic There are three reasons for this.One, Sklansky thought of himself primarily as a teacher and deliberately left out some explanations while inviting readers to work out the reasoning for themselves Serious players who want to improve their game will benefit from this approach Take out a deck of cards and deal out some hands if necessary For example, near the end of the section on Odds and Implied Odds he explains why it is often correct to call with a small pair before the flop He notes that you ll often win a nice pot if your card flops He adds without further explanation, Get out if it doesn t, unless you make an open end straight He wants you to work that out If you do, you will come to note after some study that a draw to an open ended straight that figures to be the nut is enormously better than an inside draw to the bottom end I would add that if you have two sixes, the board 754 is significantly better than 987 Sklansky doesn t mention it, but in this latter case, you should usually not draw, but toss.Two, like all experts writing for a general readership, Sklansky unconsciously takes some ideas for granted since he himself knows them so very well, but doesn t realize that the less experienced reader needsexplanation I ve read many books by experts in all sorts of fields from cosmology to Scrabble, and I can tell you that this is a common phenomenon What the expert needs when writing a book for a general readership is a very good editor who is less than expert him or herself So, yes, this book would benefit from the work of a top notch editor.An example of Sklansky s not explaining something that would be cryptic to most players comes from the Semi Bluffing section of the Strategy chapter First he notes that If you never bluff on the flop or fourth street, you are giving away too much information when you do bet Then he writes, Rather than try to guess when to bluff, it is much better to use your cards to randomize your play He is referring to semi bluffing situations described in the proceeding paragraphs rather than a seat of your pants bluff when you feel you haven t been bluffing enough However, his use of the word randomize recalls a technique some pros use Say it is correct to bluff one fourth of the time in a certain situation Everything else being equal, how do you decide Take the first card on the flop If it is a spade, bluff, otherwise don t That will randomize.Three, the expert is always aware of his learned colleagues looking over his shoulder and so to some extent writes for that readership as well We can see this in Sklansky s almost exhaustive treatment of how to play heads up on fifth street in the Strategy chapter Sklansky is anticipating knowledgeable critics familiar with saddle point ideas from Game Theory, which are applicable to heads up decisions on the river You might profitably skim this section and save its intricacies for graduate school But be aware that the top experts understand it very well.I found it strangely synchronistic in rereading this book to fall upon Sklansky s ideas about the pause as a tell As Internet players know, how long it takes you to respond may give your opponents some information about your hand Sklansky writes, If a good player does not pause at all after he has bet and has been raisedhe is most likely on the come for a flush or straight if such a hand is possible With almost any other hand in this situation he has to pause to consider either folding or reraising This is exactly the sort of tell that still exists in Internet play, and Sklansky s reasoning is as sound today as it was when he wrote this in the seventies.This is not only a classic, but a book that almost thirty years after its creation is still very much worth reading The fact that he devised his strategies originally for a game with only a single blind and an ante the Las Vegas 1020 hold em game circa 1975 should be kept in mind Yet the ideas and strategies are mostly still of great value I played cards with Sklansky and I can tell you he is a very good player, butthan that he is a great theoretician who understands the game better than many world champions Indeed they have learned from him Dennis Littrell, author of The World Is Not as We Think It Is


  3. says:

    I love this book and i ve read it probably 5 timesand it s hopelessly out of date and probably not good advice for today s limit hold em games in the casino It s a classic Sklansky sold the farm at exactly the right time because the game changed dramatically a mere 20 years after its initial publication So the recommendations in the 3rd edition updated for today s double blind structure released in 1996 usually aren t all that great for 21st century games And don t let any millen I love this book and i ve read it probably 5 timesand it s hopelessly out of date and probably not good advice for today s limit hold em games in the casino It s a classic Sklansky sold the farm at exactly the right time because the game changed dramatically a mere 20 years after its initial publication So the recommendations in the 3rd edition updated for today s double blind structure released in 1996 usually aren t all that great for 21st century games And don t let any millenium edition subtitle fool you either If you want advice on how to play limit hold em, look elsewhere If you want to read The Classic to understand where the game used to be, this is the one to start with


  4. says:

    I started gambling several months ago, but I m new to poker Frankly speaking, I tried hold em poker only twice Though I chose the Best Poker Sites, I wasn t lucky to win So, I need to improve my skills I m sure this book will help me to bridge my hold em knowledge gaps and start winning I started gambling several months ago, but I m new to poker Frankly speaking, I tried hold em poker only twice Though I chose the Best Poker Sites, I wasn t lucky to win So, I need to improve my skills I m sure this book will help me to bridge my hold em knowledge gaps and start winning


  5. says:

    I memorised the tables at the front which give rough advice on your hole cards, and never looked back I ve played home games, online games and casino tournaments and this book proved invaluable.However it is only really useful if you re a hardcore no limit player as the probabilities are thrown to cock in limit games But then why wouldn t you always play no limit poker


  6. says:

    This is a short poker how to book written by one of the great poker math minds ever For those of us who are mathematically challenged but still love THE, Sklansky can be a struggle But, he breaks down principles into simple sentences and after reading thedifficult concepts several times the lightbulb does come on


  7. says:

    While some of the information is a little dated, many of the general principles still hold true for contemporary hold em The book focuses on limit games and therefore many of the plays outlined don t really apply to no limit games That being said even if you re a no limit player, there are still some good principles that can be gleaned from this book.


  8. says:

    Finally decided to learn some of the actual strategy and theory behind the game I have been playing off and on for years wow now Helpful, but I still need practice andrefined study of the math of the game before i gamble.


  9. says:

    This is a book that requires patience and thinking to get the most out of, Sklansky often leaves work to the reader It is an excellent all around introduction to the strategy and tactics of Hold em Poker.


  10. says:

    Sklansky is amazing at making it easy to understand.


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