The Theory Of Poker

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The Theory Of Poker

This book is about the general theories and concepts of poker play, which are operative in nearly every variation of poker from five-card draw to Texas hold ‘em. It is not a how-to book in the sense of providing the basic rules and a step-by-step procedure for playing the various games. Beginning poker players sometimes ask, “What do you do in this particular situation?” There is really no correct answer to that question because it’s the wrong question. Rules of thumb that say to fold one hand, call with another, and raise with yet another simply won’t get a poker player beyond the beginning stages.

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The Theory Of Poker

This book is about the general theories and concepts of poker play,  which are operative in nearly every variation of poker from five-card draw to Texas hold ‘em.  It  is not  a how-to book in the sense of providing the basic rules and a step-by-step procedure for playing  the  various  games.  Beginning  poker  players  sometimes ask, “What do you do in this particular situation?” There is really no correct answer to that question because it’s the wrong question. Rules of  thumb that  say to fold one hand,  call  with another,  and raise with yet another simply won’t get a poker player beyond the beginning stages.

The  r i ght  que s t i on  i s:  “Wha t  do  you  c ons i der  i n  t hi s particular  situation before determining what  to do?”  The  Theory of Poker addresses itself to such considerations. It analyzes every aspect of a poker hand from the ante structure to play after the last card has  been dealt.  By expl aini ng the  l ogic of  poker,  the  book will,  I hope,  show the reader what  kinds of things to think about in order to become a better player.

To  illustrate  the  concept s  presented,  I  use  primarily  fi ve games  —  f i ve- ca r d  dr aw,  s even- car d  s t ud,  hol d  ‘ em,  dr aw lowball,  and razz or seven-card lowball. For readers who may not be  familiar  with  one  or  another  of  these  games,  I  gi ve  brief summaries  of  their  rules  in  the  Appendix.  I  also  use  standard poker terms like flop,  on board,  sixth street,  back-door flush, and the like. As much as possible, I explain these terms in the text, but readers  can avail  t hemselves  of  the  Glossary of  Poker  Terms  at the back of  the book to check the definitions of  any terms about which they are uncertain.

The Theory of Poker is an expansion and total revision of the book Sklansky on Poker Theory, written by David Sklansky and original ly  published  by  Gambler’ s  Book  Club  of  Las  Vegas  in 1978.  That  book was di rect ed pri mari l y t o professi onal  poker

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