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Book Review: Sklansky’s Theory of Poker

Posted by jaystile on November 19, 2008

Sklansky’s Theory of Poker. If you think you’re a poker player and you haven’t read this book you’re probably missing something. Let me cut to the chase, the paraphrased theory of poker is, “If your opponent knew what cards you had they would play correctly every time. If they play incorrectly against your hand, you win.”

I believe that the ‘math’ in the book was very subjective. It starts with a premise that may or may not be true, like “Suppose if you bet your opponent will fold 45% of the time”. Then it goes on to run a series of calculations to determine the expected value of your play. That’s a pretty big assumption to base the rest of your math on. Overall, a classic poker book to read and I would recommend it.


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