The Theory of Poker: A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How To Think Like One

The Theory of Poker: A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How To Think Like One

David Sklansky

Language: English

Pages: 316

ISBN: 1880685000

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Discusses theories and concepts applicable to nearly every variation of the game, including five-card draw (high), seven-card stud, hold 'em, lowball draw, and razz (seven-card lowball stud). This book introduces you to the Fundamental Theorem of Poker, its implications, and how it should affect your play. Other chapters discuss the value of deception, bluffing, raising, the slow-play, the value of position, psychology, heads-up play, game theory, implied odds, the free card, and semibluffing. Many of today's top poker players will tell you that this is the book that really made a difference in their play. That is, these are the ideas that separate the experts from the typical players. Those who read and study this book will literally leave behind those who don't, and most serious players wear the covers off their copies. This is the best book ever written on poker.

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them around to see another card. Therefore, it is usually correct to raise with what you think is the best hand and get more money into a large pot even if it tends to give your hand away. Bettor 124 Chapter Thirteen Raising 125 have a decent chance of having the original bettor beaten. You certainly don't want an overcall if it will cost you the pot. Raising to Drive Out Opponents When you raise to get people out, what you are really doing You is raising to cut down their odds.

the come was Worse Hands When Your expecting at least two callers in order to get proper odds for his Own May Be Second Best bet. Your raise turns that bet into a mistake since he is not getting a proper return for his investment. At the same time, when the players behind you fold after you raise, they too are making a Depending on the size of the pot and your assessment of your mistake since their hands are better than yours. own and your opponents' hands, it may be correct to raise

tighten up considerably on expectation. Therefore, you must abandon most semi-bluffs when semi-bluffs but loosen up with legitimate hands. However, you there's a high probability that the only way they can win is by would not play loose with marginal hands like two small pair or improving to the best hand. With respect to semi-bluffing, then, one medium pair when several opponents are in the pot. it's true that you must play much tighter in a loose game. Tight Games Legitimate Hands in

bet and it's up to you, The only real threat to a player in last position is the you must decide whether to bet or risk sandbagging. If someone possibility of a check-raise. Consequently, in games where check- has bet in front of you, you must decide whether it is more raising is not allowed, being last is even more advantageous. Once profitable and tactically correct to raise, inevitably driving out players ahead of you have checked, you can feel reasonably some players behind you, or to

the ante is simply enormous in relation to the betting limits. In that case, the pot is so large to begin with that By the structure of the game, we mean principally the ante, it's worth calling with almost anything, and the game may almost the betting limits, and the rules of betting. The structure may deter be reduced to dealing out the cards and seeing who has the best an average or even an above-average player from sitting down, hand. but it should rarely deter a good player. The good

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