The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky – Poker Book Review

Buy The Theory of Poker

The Theory of Poker, written by David Sklansky, is definitely one of the best poker books ever written. Most books generally focus their strategies towards specific game types like Holdem or Omaha poker. This is not the case in The Theory of Poker, where theories and concepts applicable to nearly every variation are discussed.

David Sklansky starts off with explaining the Fundamental Theorem of Poker and how it should affect your play. Other topics that are covered by The Theory of Poker are: bluffing, raising, the value of deception, psychology, game theory, headsup play, implied odds, the value of position, semi bluffing and much more.

The book also explains how poker is a game of skill and because of this, good poker players will suffer more bad beats than lesser skilled players at the mercy of luck. There are a lot of very interesting ideas and concepts that are laied out that, after reading them, give you the kind of feeling ‘of course, why didn’t i think of that before, it makes so much sense

If you ask any of the top poker pro’s what poker books they would recommend, The Theory of Poker would definitely appear on that list as a must have poker book. The concepts you can learn from this book can fundamentally change you poker game for the good.

Please keep in mind that if you are completely new to the game and this is the very first book you are buying, we at PokerHarder wouldn’t recommend this poker book. The reason for this being the heavy content that literally needs to be studied several times to get a full grasp of everything mentioned in it (and apply it successfully into your game plan). Those who read and study The Theory of Poker will literally leave behind poker players who don’t. There are however always exceptions to the rule, like poker super talent Patrik Antonius, who has never read a poker book.