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|EDITORS CHOICE: BEST INTRODUCTORY TEXT ON POKER|
Fundamentals of Poker by Mason Malmuth & Lynn Loomis
This book discusses the most popular casino and cardroom poker games – seven card stud, Texas hold’em, Omaha, razz, and lowball draw. It covers everything from the ranking of the hands and poker etiquette to the most important strategy considerations that are necessary just for basic survival. As poker spreads across the country with the gambling fever that is sweeping the nation, it may be a good time to advance your knowledge above your Friday night poker buddies, and learn those basics that the serious pros agree on. The new “expanded edition” now includes an index. Part of the Fundamentals series: Blackjack, Craps, Poker, and Video Poker. Editor Note: “The perfect introductory text to this popular game. Includes 7-card stud, hold’em, Omaha, razz and lowball draw. Must reading for new players who want to start out learning the game the “right” way! “
|Gambling for a Living by David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth|
Subtitled: “How to Make $100,000 a year”. Sklansky and Malmuth have both spent many years writing about the finer points of poker, blackjack, and other beatable games. This book, however, was written for the not-quite-as-experienced aspiring gambler. It shows you everything you need to learn and do if you want to gamble for a living both from the practical and the technical standpoint. Also listed in our Other Books and Reports section.
|Gambling Theory and Other Topics by Mason Malmuth |
A must read book on the mathematics of gambling and how to apply them in the real world. Includes excellent information on bankroll fluctuation, long run expectations, etc. Includes specific information on the various casino games. Highly recommended. Also listed in our Other Books and Reports section.
|Getting the Best of It by David Sklansky: |
Written by a pro who, at one time, made his living playing poker and blackjack. Concentrates primarily on poker, blackjack, progressive slots, and casino promotions. Excellent stuff! Also listed in our Other Books and Reports section.
|EDITORS CHOICE: BEST BOOK ON LIMIT HIGH-LOW STRATEGY|
High-Low Split Poker: 7-Card Stud & Omaha 8-or-Better for Advanced Players by Ray Zee
High-Low-Split Poker, Seven-Card-Stud and Omaha Eight or Better for Advanced Players by Ray Zee is the third book in the “For Advanced Players” series. In reality, it is really books 3 and 4 in the progression for two reasons. First, many of the concepts are similar for both games. And second, players mastering one game can easily make the transition to the other. Some of the ideas discussed in the seven-card stud eight-or-better section include starting hands, disguising your hand on third street, when an ace raises, fourth street, fifth street, sixth street, seventh street, position, bluffing, staying to the end, scare cards, and much more. Some of the ideas discussed in the Omaha eight-or-better section include general concepts, position, low hands, high hands, your starting hand, how to play your hand, play on the flop, multiway versus short handed play, scare cards, getting counterfeited, your playing style, and much more. A great deal of this material has never appeared correctly in print before. Includes a foreword by Mason Malmuth. Editor Note: “A thorough treatment of how to play these profitable poker games and, in this editor’s opinion, the best information on the market.”
|Hold’em Poker by David Sklansky |
Updated for today’s double blind structure. Contains the most up-to-date Sklansky Hand Rankings available. 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. The text is designed for someone relatively new to the game, but it still contains much sophisticated material. The text is probably best known for the SkIansky Hand Rankings, which made the game much simpler to quantify and understand. Some of the topics include the importance of position, the first two cards, the key “flops,” strategy before the flop, semi-bluffing, 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 still be read by all serious players. Editor note: If you don’t master this information expect to lose a lot of money at this game… period! See also Hold’em Poker For Advanced Players below.
|EDITORS CHOICE: BEST ADVANCED BOOK ON LIMIT HOLD’EM|
Hold’em Poker For Advanced Players by David Sklansky & Mason Malmuth
Texas Hold ’em is not an easy game to play well. To become an expert you need to be able to balance many concepts, some of which occasionally contradict each other. In 1988, the first edition of this text appeared. Many ideas, which were only known to a small select group of players were now made available to anyone who was striving to achieve expert status, and the hold ’em explosion had begun. It is now a new century, and the authors have again moved the state of the art forward by adding over 100 pages of new material, including an extensive section on “loose games,” and an extensive section on “short-handed games.” Anyone who studies this text, is well disciplined, and gets the proper experience should become a significant winner. Some of the other ideas discussed in this 21st century edition include play on the first two cards, semi-bluffing, the free card, inducing bluffs, staying with a draw, playing when a pair flops, playing trash hands, desperation bets, playing in wild games, reading hands, psychology, and much more. This is the definitive work on hold’em and picks up where Hold’em Poker ends. Editor note: This book is my bible on the game. Study this material or perish in the game… period. Must reading! If you have an older edition this edition is worth buying due to significant new material. If you only play low-limit (under 10-20) you may want to read Lee Jones book Winning Low-Limit Hold’em as well.
|Poker Essays I by Mason Malmuth |
This book contains many of the author’s current ideas on poker and related subjects. As is shown, poker is an extremely complicated game. This is especially true if your form of poker is either Texas hold’em or seven-card stud. In addition, the typical opponent whom you will face has gotten tougher as the years have gone by. As a result, those of you who just play tight (also known as playing ABC) are unable to win more than just a small amount at the lower limits. This means that to win at poker in today’s modern game requires not only numerous skills, but also a lot of thinking about the game. Topics covered include general concepts, technical ideas, structure, strategic ideas, image, tournament notes, in the cardrooms, and poker quizzes. In addition, advice is offered on jackpot games, handling pressure, why you lose, fluctuations, bankroll requirements, differences between stud and hold’em, too many bad players, limit versus no-limit, thinking fast, weak tight opponents, the best hold’em seat, playing short-handed, playing loose or tight, appropriate image, being an alternate in tournaments, taking advantage of tight play in tournaments, behaving professionally, the future of poker, and much more. This book is designed to make the reader do a great deal of thinking about the game. ln fact, very few readers will agree with everything the text offers, but the information provided should help most people become better players.
Vol 1: 262 PAGES
|Poker Essays II by Mason Malmuth |
Success at poker does not come easy. However, poker can be extremely rewarding since it will allow you a degree of freedom that virtually no other profession can offer. Yet, very few people ever achieve this level of competence even though many try. The reason for this is that very few players are able to master all the skills that a top poker professional needs. Some are unwilling to make the effort–“these players usually come to gamble”–and others who try are not quite able to grasp the depth of sophistication that is required. This text contains those essays that this author wrote from 1991 through early 1996. Topics covered include: General Concepts, Technical Ideas, Structure, Strategic Ideas, In the Cardrooms, Quizzes, Erroneous Concepts, and Something Silly. In addition, advice is offered on handling rushes, moving up, poker skills, simulations, maximizing your expectation, betting when first to act on the river, whether limit hold’em should have two or three betting levels, playing the overs, adjusting to the big ante, how to play well, low-limit hold’em, how many hands you should play early in a tournament, chopping the blinds, cardroom theory, and much more. As with the original Poker Essays, this book is designed to make the reader do a great deal of thinking about the game. In fact, very few readers will agree with everything this text offers, but the information provides should help most people become better poker players.
Vol 2: 286 PAGES
|Poker Essays III by Mason Malmuth|
This text contains those essays the author wrote from 1996 through early 2001. Topics include: General Concepts, Technical Ideas, Strategic Ideas, In the Cardrooms, Hands to Talk About, The Ciaffone Quiz, and Two More Quizzes. In addition, advice is offered on which game to play, controlling steaming, marginal hands, selecting the best game, bluffing, unusual strategies, raising with suited connectors, keeping poker honest, reading hands, checking aces, and much more. As with the first two books in this series, Poker Essays, Volume III is designed to make the reader do a great deal of thinking. In fact, very few readers will agree with everything this text offers, but the information provided should help most people become better poker players. “Absolutely must reading for all serious players.” Chris Ferguson – Winner 2000 World Series of Poker
Vol 3: XXX PAGES
|Poker, Gaming & Life by David Sklansky|
Subtitled: “Fighting Fuzzy Thinking”. A collection of recent works by the acclaimed gambler / writer / thinker. This volume is a collection of recent articles written by David Sklansky that have appeared in various publications including Card Player and Poker World magazines. A few have never before appeared in print. Most of the articles are about poker or gambling. However, David has recently branched out into other areas that lend themselves to his unique style of analysis and some of these essays are contained in this book. Though these essays vary greatly in content, you will find them very thought provoking.
|EDITORS CHOICE: BEST BOOK ON LIMIT SEVEN-CARD STUD|
Seven-Card Stud for Advanced Players by David Sklansky, Mason Malmuth & Ray Zee
Seven-card stud is an extremely complex game. Deciding exactly what the right strategy should be in any particular situation can be very difficult. Perhaps this is why very few authors have attempted to analyze this game even though it is widely played. In 1989, the first edition of this text appeared. Many ideas, which were only known to a small select group of players were now made available to anyone who was striving to achieve expert status, and a major gap in the poker literature was closed. It is now a new century, and the authors have again moved the state of the art forward by adding over 100 pages of new material, including an extensive section on “loose games.” Anyone who studies this text, is well disciplined, and gets the proper experience should become a significant winner. Some of the other ideas discussed in this 21st century edition include the cards that are out, the number of players in the pot, ante stealing, playing big pairs, playing little and medium pairs, playing three-flushes, playing three-straights, randomizing your play, fourth street, pairing your door card on fourth street, fifth street, sixth street, seventh street, defending against the possible ante steal, playing against a paired door card, scare card strategy, buying the free card on fourth street, playing in tightly structured games, and much more. This is the definitive work on seven-card stud poker. Editor note: Study this material or perish in the game… period. Must reading! If you have an older edition this edition is worth buying due to significant new material.
|Sklansky on Poker by David Sklansky |
This book is a combination of Sklansky on Razz and Essays on Poker, with new material added plus a special section on tournament play. Many of these ideas are not as sophisticated as some of the others that Sklansky has put in print, but they are still absolutely essential to winning play. The essays section contains chapters discussing such concepts as having a plan, choosing your game, playing according to your bankroll, the three levels of expert poker, middle-round strategy, what your opponent reads you for, the protected pot, saving the last bet, extra outs, how to play a tournament, and many others. The razz section of the book will show you how the experts play this form of poker. Not only are the rules and structure of the game discussed, but also advice is given on how to play the first three cards, as well as all the other streets. In addition, a chapter of razz problems is provided, plus questions and answers to help keep your game sharp.
|EDITORS CHOICE: BEST BOOK ON POKER THEORY|
The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky
Formerly titled Winning Poker, this is the leading technical text on the theory of the game. Considered by many to be the best book ever written on the game. This book puts you inside the heads of the greatest poker players in the world. It tells you the all-important factors you should consider in a particular situation before determining what to do. It talks about the general theories and concepts of poker play that are operative in nearly every variation of poker and describes the thought processes of advanced poker players. Using sample hands, it analyzes every aspect of a poker hand from the ante structure to play after the last card has been dealt — in such games as five-card draw, seven-card stud, hold’em, draw lowball, and razz or seven-card lowball. Also included for quick easy reference are an appendix of basic game rules and a glossary of poker terms. Editor note: This is required reading for anyone considering playing professionally.
|EDITORS CHOICE: BEST TOURNAMENT POKER BOOK|
Tournament Poker for Advanced Players by David Sklansky
This text is the first book ever written that explains tournament tactics which only a small number of players have mastered. It assumes you already know how to play poker well, but aren’t knowledgeable of tournament concepts and when and where to use them. Some of the ideas discussed include the effect of going broke, The Gap Concept, how chips change value, adjusting tactics because the stakes rise, all-in strategy, the last table, making deals, The “System”, and much more. Reviews: “The best poker tournament book ever written.” – Chris Ferguson, Winner 2000 World Series of Poker. “The first book that clearly explains how and why your strategy changes in poker tournaments.” – Daniel Negreanu, Winner of over twenty major poker tournaments. Editor note: I expect this new book to become one of the classics. See also Poker Tournament Strategies by Suzuki.
|EDITORS CHOICE: BEST BOOK ON DRAW/LOWBALL POKER|
Winning Concepts in Draw and Lowball by Mason Malmuth
This is the ultimate book for anyone trying to master these games. This book is for both the typical player and the professional player. It is partitioned into sections that are designed to help all players grow and improve their games. Also, it teaches the reader how to think like a top player, which is absolutely essential to winning play. Topics discussed include poker reasons, basic mistakes, basic strategy, technical plays, advanced strategy, jackpot games, killing the pot, psychology, game theory, high-draw mathematics, and advanced plays. Advice also is provided on bluffing errors, lowball value betting, profitable losing bets, playing patterns, going all in, acting the opposite, “running bad,” raising with weak hands, getting maximum value, playing short-handed, and image plays.
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