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Tournament poker is very different from standard ring game poker. While they might appear the same from a distance, there are many differences in proper strategy that are often unknown to many experienced cash game players. Some players excel at tournament poker. This is not luck -- these are players who have a very strong understanding of what the proper strategy adjustments are, and when they come into play. It is no coincidence that the same players make it to final tables far more than their fair share. This book explains tournament strategies that only a small number of players have mastered. It assumes you already know how to play poker well, but aren''t knowledgeable of tournament-specific 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 strategy to rising stakes, all-in strategy, final table play, making deals, the "System," focusing on weaker opponents, unusual plays with aces and kings, moving in against the blind, and much more. This newly expanded version contains over 100 new pages of updated material dedicated almost entirely to today;s most popular form of tournament poker: no-limit hold ''em.

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David Sklansky is generally considered the number one authority on gambling in the world today. Besides his twelve books on the subject, David also has produced two videos and numerous writings for various gaming publications. His occasional poker seminars always receive an enthusiastic reception, including those given at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. More recently, David has been doing consulting work for casinos, Internet gaming sites, and gaming device companies. He has recently invented several games, soon to appear in casinos. David attributes his standing in the gambling community to three facts: 1. The fact that he presents his ideas as simply as possible (sometimes with Mason Malmuth) even though these ideas frequently involve concepts that are deep, subtle, and not to be found elsewhere. 2. The fact that David s teachings have proven to be accurate. 3. The fact that to this day a large portion of his income is still derived from gambling (usually poker, but occasionally blackjack, sports betting, horses, video games, casino promotions, or casino tournaments). Thus, those who depend on David s advice know that he still depends on it himself.

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3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Worth a read, but only if you are an expert player that can separate the bad from the good
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2016
I can credit Sklansky with a huge amount of my cash game success. He has seminal works (theory of poker, NL hold''em theory and practice) which are absolutely poker 101. In his cash game books, I don''t think I''ve ever thought he was just plan wrong. There have been times... See more
I can credit Sklansky with a huge amount of my cash game success. He has seminal works (theory of poker, NL hold''em theory and practice) which are absolutely poker 101. In his cash game books, I don''t think I''ve ever thought he was just plan wrong. There have been times where I would think "I disagree slightly, but he''s the expert." I could give him the tie as the runner. However, this book is hot-and-cold. I have over 500+ tournaments, and a winning record. I feel that I have real pragmatic experience to compare his advice too when it comes to tournaments (can''t say the same for my cash game.) With this in mind he still provides massive gems, however at the same time and sometimes within a few paragraphs gives the worst advice I''ve ever heard. As another reviewer said, "he isn''t much of a tournament player and it shows." I agree, he often advises playing scared money. Another reviewer said "he is overly concerned about laddering." I also agree with this. Laddering is part of my strategy but certain conditions need to be present. There is a ton of value in reading this book, as there is good info and some new/interesting insights. However, the bad is so bad, a novice player will quickly go broke trying to follow his advice. I have 10 years of tournament experience so I can easily see where he is wrong, where he is right, and where it is questionable. Someone with less experience will likely take it all, or the wrong parts an implement. For me is a one-read-through, but I don''t regret the purchase since I like seeing a cash-game perspective on tournaments. Admittedly, by playing more cash games it improved my tournament play. However, I always made sure to take the lessons from cash and modify them to the tournament construct. That is what you are getting here, a cash-game player''s outside perspective. If you are a novice player, read the harrington series to get the basics. And funny enough with harrington, stay away from his cash game books as it has the same problem as this book.
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Max Ley
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Complex theories backed by statistics
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2013
4.6 stars I''ve been playing poker tournaments for nearly a decade now and thought there was nothing more for me to learn. Boy was I wrong. Sklansky''s poker mind is so far advanced it is scary. He thinks about the game in the way it should be thought... See more
4.6 stars

I''ve been playing poker tournaments for nearly a decade now and thought there was nothing more for me to learn. Boy was I wrong.

Sklansky''s poker mind is so far advanced it is scary. He thinks about the game in the way it should be thought of: a never ending game that is repetitive. Luckily for us, he has decided to apply that thinking to tournament poker.

The way the book slowly unfolds is wonderful and there is something to draw from every chapter. He takes into account the logic of each scenario from multiple points of view. As you know, a different decision could be made at every point of each hand, and often times there is a fine line between the choices you could make which leaves you questioning your call in hindsight when it doesn''t go as planned. Sklansky knows this. He runs these decisions through brilliant mathematical formulas and tells you which decisions are best for what outcome you''re looking for. When it gets to a certain point in a tournament, you can either go for the win, or go for the cash. Sklansky lets you know which decision is best for what outcome you want. That is something I had thought of before, but not to the extent which Sklansky takes it to.

I do have some problems with his NL strategy though. In my humble opinion he elects to shove with AK too much. He does point out why it is the better decision, but I''ve never liked doing that. Regardless of what I think though, I''m sure Sklansky''s methods are wiser. After all, he does have a few million more dollars of winnings than I do.

If you are playing poker on a daily basis and the majority of games you play in are tournaments then you must read this. Not only will it improve your game by providing insights you never realized, but it will keep you thinking about the game away from the felt which is always beneficial for the consistent player.
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SB Frank
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
I love just about everything by Sklansky
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2016
I love just about everything by Sklansky. I think, however, that if you read this book you should also read Snyder''s books the Poker Tournament Formula 1 and 2 to understand the importance of tournament structure (speed of blinds), position, and to rethink the value of... See more
I love just about everything by Sklansky. I think, however, that if you read this book you should also read Snyder''s books the Poker Tournament Formula 1 and 2 to understand the importance of tournament structure (speed of blinds), position, and to rethink the value of having a lot of chips. I think Sklansky''s theories tend to be based on the assumption that each additional chip you gain has less value whereas Snyder makes a compelling case that in many cases having more chips makes your chips more useful both practically and psychologically. If true, and my experience is that it probably is,that really does affect the optimal way to play a tournament. I would recommend reading both perspectives and applying what works for your personal style, for the types of tournaments you play in.
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Michael K. Wheeler
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Too Advanced
Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2004
I disagree with some of the reviewers. I have been playing in poker tournaments for 6 months and have made one final table, finishing 5th. Before I started reading poker books, I just played by gut instinct, and I think I was better off. This book is heavy on theory.... See more
I disagree with some of the reviewers. I have been playing in poker tournaments for 6 months and have made one final table, finishing 5th. Before I started reading poker books, I just played by gut instinct, and I think I was better off. This book is heavy on theory. Sklansky talks extensively on determining the Exptected Value of a hand and gives lots of mathematical equations to figure out EV, pot odds, and hand winning percentages. Frankly, I don''t do math, so all of that went right over my head. The main concept that this book puts forth is the Gap Concept, which is useful. Basically, that means you need a better hand to call a raise (or reraise) with than you do to initiate a bet or a raise. In other words, if you are going to limp in with a hand, you''d better like it enough to call a raise with it.

I''ll give this book a second read, but the math really turned me off. I found Ken Warren''s book "Winner''s Guide to Texas Hold ''Em" more useful, even though it isn''t geared towared tournament play. One thing I did like about this book is the hand scenarios. It''s interesting to see how you would play a hand measures up to what a pro says you should do. If you are a beginning poker player, you might want to look elsewhere for tournament advice.
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Rick V
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For tournament players, it will pay for itself
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2003
Poker seems very simple if you see it from the standpoint of "the high hand wins". The thing that makes all variations of poker infinitely more complicated is the human factor. Add the variation of draw poker and the unknowns of what the end result increase geometrically... See more
Poker seems very simple if you see it from the standpoint of "the high hand wins". The thing that makes all variations of poker infinitely more complicated is the human factor. Add the variation of draw poker and the unknowns of what the end result increase geometrically since every hand changes with each new card that comes out. To balance out the impossible task of having to commit to memory every possible factor that could take place, players must base decisions on probability/odds of their hand in comparison to any other possible hand.
Every poker book in existence offers tips on probability of certain hands and how to play them against categories of opponents in various situations. Since the mood of the player population is in constant turmoil and with every book that is released, many players create strategies to counter any newly discovered information that becomes effective. There will never be an end to poker books and new information.
The point that I always stress when it comes to poker is that information is your Ace. It is impossible to have too much information or too many poker books. Tournament Poker for Advanced Players covers strategy on situations that could come up in various tournaments like plays that would work in no-limit as opposed to the same ideal that wouldn''t work in limit. It is already assumed that you have at least an amateur to intermediate understanding on poker play.
Is it possible that there would be a situation where pocket Aces should be dropped? Yes, if there are 4 players left in a tournament and you are last in chips, the 3 players go all in on a hand. Just by dropping out of the hand, you are almost assured to get 2nd place. If you happen to lose, then you''re out at 4th place, the difference in the prize purse could be several hundred thousand dollars so it is quite possible that you are justified to drop pocket Aces! This is just one example of a topic covered in Tournament Poker for Advanced Players.
If any poker book gives you a piece of information that helps you earn a pot or save a stack of chips, it easily pays for its cover price and in turn that information becomes at worst free. From my standpoint, this book is not a gamble but required reading for any tournament player.
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Cochise
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Recomended with caveats
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2009
David Sklansky is quick to use words like ''moron'', ''idiot'', and ''illiterate'' when describing people who don''t play poker well. Because someone doesn''t play poker well does not make them an idiot or a moron just as someone that doesn''t play guitar well is not necessarily an... See more
David Sklansky is quick to use words like ''moron'', ''idiot'', and ''illiterate'' when describing people who don''t play poker well. Because someone doesn''t play poker well does not make them an idiot or a moron just as someone that doesn''t play guitar well is not necessarily an idiot or a moron. Instructors I''ve had that displayed this tendency to berate people seemed to not be all that secure about their own convictions, talents, and skills. Lashing out at others to prime oneself up however is not to me a viable solution.

That being said this, like all of Slansky''s books, is probably a must have for anyone serious about playing poker. A lot of things that are mathematically correct but not intuitively obvious are presented here. The adjustments that need to be made from ring game play are also pointed out in detail.

This book seems geared more for brick and mortar play than online play but online play is addressed. He uses more hand examples in this than in other volumes. They are not nearly the caliber of, say Harrington''s, but they are helpful none the less.

He''s dispensed with a lot of the ''105 calculations you should make'' in the 40 seconds prior to having to make a move which is a relief but there''s no getting around the mathematics of the game. Using math he does describe some of the motivations for his recommendations.

It got three stars from me because it''s a recommended must have for any serious poker player. It did not get four stars because calling people idiots and morons is unconscionable (especially by an author to potential customers - yes Mr Sklansky, some may buy your book who do not play poker well to help improve their game). It did not get five stars because it is simply not in the league as far as writing, style or work put into it that would deserve five stars. Again I would refer you to Harrington''s volumes on tournament play.
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drwho11
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A lot of filler
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2015
Many good ideas/info, but a lot of filler in this edition; particularly the entire added "No-limit hold''em tournament play'' section at the end, and some ridiculous question and answer section that is obviously just intended to make the book bigger without offering new... See more
Many good ideas/info, but a lot of filler in this edition; particularly the entire added "No-limit hold''em tournament play'' section at the end, and some ridiculous question and answer section that is obviously just intended to make the book bigger without offering new information.
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Mr.Bill
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As Advertised
Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2018
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Bogdan Alexandru
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not at all for advanced players
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 7, 2017
This book does have good value, however for today''s (2017) online tournament era it is completely outdated. Most of the concepts are explained in a simplistic way. If you''re an average player who has played some hundreds of tournaments and is looking to improve to a winning...See more
This book does have good value, however for today''s (2017) online tournament era it is completely outdated. Most of the concepts are explained in a simplistic way. If you''re an average player who has played some hundreds of tournaments and is looking to improve to a winning player, this book will not help you. I would look to the "Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time" series, which is by far better than this. Don''t get me wrong, this is not a bad book, but it is by no means a book "for advanced players" playing online poker in 2017. Beginners will get good information and it will improve their skills at some extent, but that''s not what the title advertises.
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Four Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2018
Good.
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Anton Gaydarov
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Great book, as it says for advanced players
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2015
Great book, as it says for advanced players, ig you are novice you will hardly understand most of the texts in it
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heather
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 10, 2014
my boyfriend the poker player loves this book! worth a read!!!
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2014
absolutelly perfect, exactlly that what i needed
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