This is because the higher EV bet may be more likely to lose. This risk is often worth taking in a regular game, but not in a tournament. That is, you need a better hand to play against someone who has already opened the betting than you would need to open yourself. There is simply too great a chance that you will steal the blinds with a raise.

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Start your review of Tournament Poker for Advanced Players Write a review Jan 08, Федор Кривов rated it really liked it Турнирный покер сильно отличается от обычной коммерческой игры ввиду структуры приза. Нужно избегать азартных игр со сложными решениями.

May 18, Justin Yeary rated it really liked it A must-read for any player looking to improve their tournament game. Sklansky assumes the reader is familiar with the basic concepts of competitive poker, and has at least an above-average understanding and skill of the game.

This book is ideal for those who are already very familiar with the game of poker, and are cash players looking to adapt their strategy for a tournament environment. Sklansky also discusses the "Gap Concept" in great detail, which is one of the most crucial things that any A must-read for any player looking to improve their tournament game.

Sklansky also discusses the "Gap Concept" in great detail, which is one of the most crucial things that any succesful tournament player must understand. He also advocates a strategy of shoving all-in which sounds crazy, but apparently works well enough.

Overall a must-read poker book for anyone looking to improve their tournament game. Sklansky emphasizes playing with a positive EV. I used tons of information in this book in a tournament after reading and it was amazing how much it helps. The 2nd half of the book is mostly hand quizzes and situation problems.


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To become an expert you need to be able to balance many concepts, some of which occasionally contradict each other. In , the first edition of this text appeared. It is now a new century, and the authors have again moved the state of the art forward by adding over pages of new material, including an extensive section on "loose games," and an extensive section on "short-handed games. 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 called pot odds. While this does give an indication of what is correct, pot odds should be adjusted based on the expected future action of your opponents. For example, if the bettor is to your right and there are other players who might raise behind you, you should adjust the pot odds considerably lower.


Tournament Poker for Advanced Players

Poker Life Podcast with Joey Ingram The Theory of Poker The game-theory optimal poker strategies of today are based on complex mathematical principals, but when Sklansky started playing poker in the s, a math-based approach to poker was unheard of. Poker used to have a stigma to it. These concepts are all essential elements of modern poker strategy, but Sklansky was decades ahead of his time in applying these fundamentals to the game in the s and 80s. Want to upgrade your poker skills? Get our free preflop charts and start playing like a pro before the flop. Download now! But in fact you have not lost, you have gained!


Tournament poker is 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 people excel at tournament poker. This is not luck. These are players who have an advanced understanding of what the proper strategy adjustments are, and when they come into play. It is no coincidence that the same competitors make it to the final tables far more than their fair share. This book explains tournament strategies that only a small number of players have mastered.



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