Hold 'em Poker for Advanced Players: 21st Century Edition

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880685228
  • Publisher: Two Plus Two Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 445,918
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 10.46 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    The definitive guide for hold┬┐em players

    This is more or less considered the `bible¿ for texas hold¿em players, and for good reason: Sklansky and Malmuth are recognized as the leading authorities on poker strategy. While HPFAP is a difficult read, nearly every single aspect of proper hold¿em strategy is covered in excruciating detail. While I would suggest picking up less complex books to start out with (look for Lee Jones¿), this is a must read for all serious hold¿em players. Now for some constructive criticism: this is by no means a beginner¿s book ¿ a lot of novices have heard the authors praised and figure they should run out and buy this book. I¿ll warn you now that unless you¿ve got 6 to 12 months of hold¿em experience, the writing in this book will be WAY over your head. It¿s not just the terminology, but the authors assume that readers are already well-versed in all basic hold¿em strategies. The first time I read the book, it seemed utterly nonsensical. Only now that I go back and re-read it do I truly understand what the authors are talking about in many places. Where to apply the poker tools this book gives you? Anywhere, really ¿ I used to play at my local casino 4 times / wk, but now play almost exclusively online, since play goes so much faster ¿ I go out of my mind with boredom when I try and sit at a casino nowadays. Any of the major online poker sites are more or less as good as each other ¿ another post here led me to POKERCROAKER.COM which has site reviews for all of them to help you pick, and even has signup bonus codes that will get you free bonus money when you open an account. A lot of people have said that Sklansky & Malmuth¿s advice doesn¿t translate well to the sometimes wild online games, but I disagree: the tight-aggressive strategy they promote is in fact perfect for these games, although you should expect your variance to be higher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    Dont bother

    Read the next book they wrote, limmit hold 'em, winning big with expert play. So much better then this c-rappy book. (i had to spell it c-rappy because apparently that is a bad word). This book is ok if you are only starting out, but not worth it if you have read any other book before it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    A Must Read for Advanced Players

    This is a great book for the advanced player. I don't recommend this book if this is your first hold'em book. The book covers several topics and is easy reading in that the topics are typically 2-8 pages, which allows you to jump around. Topics are advanced and get into situations that the DVD's won't touch on. For example - Playing against a maniac, playing short-handed, playing heads up, etc. etc. I have read this book and re-read it. I play semi-professionally and anytime I feel my game is off, I always pick this book back up. After you have read this book, you will be ready to conquer your opponents whether in live cardrooms or on the net. If you haven't tried www.partypoker.com yet, read this book and then come out and make some cash. Use Bonus Code PAYMENOW when depositing to receive $25 free cash. Don't play until you've read this book though, as the sharks await you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    wow

    I have been playing poker for a while, but only recently have I studied it seriously, reading as much material as I can to tighten up my game. Without question, this is the best Hold 'Em Poker book I have read, surpassing even Super System. The authors carefully explain different situations and offer advice on how to act in each case, including playing against a live straddle, playing in a wild game, playing against a maniac, semi-bluffing, and much more. This book is far more detailed than most others and is definitely not for beginners. Ignore the comments about poor grammar; it's not that bad, and I don't think many people will be picking this up to read at the beach anyway. For the serious student only, but a must own for advanced players. As a side note, like most texts, this focuses on high limit poker, rather than no limit. For no limit, Super System is still the definitive text.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    If you don't read this book.....you're not even in the game.

    I usually don't place in the money at tournaments and try to chalk it up to experience. During a break at a local tournament, one of the players recommended this book. I read it and the next day I entered a tournament and out of 100 players I finished 7th!!! This book definitely made me look at my game in a different perspective and added to my arsenal very big guns!!!!!! If you don't read this book all the luck in the world wont help you if you run into someone who has.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    This book can make you a winner

    When I started reading this book I was a novice player. I had to go back to the tables for a few thousand more hands before I could fully comprehend the complexity of the strategies described in this book. The book is based on theory and strategy conversations between the authors. Analyzing the text and having similar conversations with other players increased my learning curve and made me a consistent winner at the tables.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    Great Book

    This Book was cool. It provided important and useful concepts about the game of Poker. I learned some new strategies, which identified some leaks in my game. Leaks in your game can come from anywhere!!! Leaks can originate from lack of aggression, overcalling raises, misreading opponents and any other number of ways. So this book helps. Many people look at poker the wrong way. They think to win they need to do all of this super fancy plays and mindblowing stunts. Well folks...there are not that many options in poker...you fold, call or raise. So its really hard to do thinks that will just fool your opponents all the time. To win at poker it is mostly limiting your mistakes and getting all that you can from winning hands and minimizing losses on losing hands...that's it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004

    change for being a medicore player in a regular winner

    i reasonly played in my first holdem tourney and i won it because of this book i was able to own the tables from start to finish if u are thinking of making poker more than abit of fun then u def need to read this book a must have for any real holdem player

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2004

    Good theory, bad writing

    The information in this book is very good. The starting groups are helpful and a good overall reference. The book is VERY poorly written however. The author even admits to this at the beginning, which is ridiculous. Just get a better editor! You have to read certain passages several times just to get through the poor grammar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2004

    Excellent for the solid player looking to take the game to the next level.

    This is probably not the book for someone new to the game and wanting to learn the basic rules of the game. Instead, the book is geared toward players who already have a basic understanding of poker. The book explains strategies that are far more advanced than what a casual poker player is looking for. The first time through, don't expect to understand it fully. I have read it over and over and have many sections that I refer to quite often. If you're a solid player looking to bring your game to the next level, I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2004

    Very informative, a good read for serious players

    If you happen to be a poker novice, this book is not for you. But, understanding basic terminology and strategy will make this a nice addition to your poker literature. Many different scenarios and strategies are examined by Skalansky and Mason Malmuth, including semi-bluffing, check-raising, and statistical probabilities.<p> Folks who love playing poker 'by the numbers', and calculating odds to make a decision at the tables will love this book. It has so many different scenarios and charts, you'll be in heaven.<p> However, for those (like me) who prefers to read opponents to stone cold numerical odds, you'll find this book a bit too bland. There is almost nothing about the body language or science of opponent reads, and the book almost invites you to base your decision purely on numerical data, a mistake which can be costly.<p> In the end, this book is a nice addition to a poker player's collection. It reads like a large set of 'If/Then' statements at times (i.e.- If you have ____ and the flop is ____, then ____...), but is overall enjoyable. Definitely worth the money. A solid three stars.<p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    GREAT BOOK, must buy

    my friend recomended this book to me as the first book any holdem player must get, and it was worth it. it is somewhat advanced, but not too much, if you've played hold'em a little, it'l help you out. it doesnt have any sections on no limit hold'em, which is a shame, but their strategies have worked well online in limit games for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    Not 'too'bad !

    Not a bad book but I do disagree with some of the strategys written in it. Sometimes the book wanders, but overall not bad reading. I do think though that there are several books that would help your game more than this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2000

    Very Informative Book

    This book was very helpful in improving my Hold Em game. Offers a vast array of different plays and scenarios. Tells you how to play what and when to play it, how to bluff and semi-bluff, etc. Everything you would want to know on how to play the game. This is a very advanced version though, as the title stated, it is not for the beginning player. If you are a somewhat experienced player this book may help put you over the top. I am now reading it for the second time through and I consider it a GREAT investment.

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