Though many books have been published on the subject since, David Sklansky’s Tournament Poker for Advanced Players (TPFAP) has been the definitive text. Tournament Poker for Advanced Players Expanded Edition by David Sklansky – read full book review here. Tournament Poker for Advanced Players has ratings and 2 reviews. Justin said: A must-read for any player looking to improve their tournament game. Sk.

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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, yournament plays with aces and kings, moving in against the blind, and much more.

This newly expanded version contains over new pages of updated material dedicated almost entirely to today;s most popular form of tournament poker: Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 advanfed 1. The Theory of Poker: No Limit Hold ’em: Harrington on Modern Tournament Poker. Essential Poker Math, Expanded Edition: Editorial Reviews About the Author 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.

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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: 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.


The fact that David s teachings have proven to be accurate. The fact that advahced 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. Product details File Size: December 1, Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a advnced review. Showing of 51 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. 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 In his cash game books, I don’t think I’ve ever thought he advance just plan wrong. There have been times where I would think “I disagree slightly, but he’s the expert. However, this book is hot-and-cold. 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. Another reviewer said “he is overly concerned about laddering. Laddering is part of my strategy but certain conditions need to be present. However, the bad is so bad, a novice tournameent 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 advaced, 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.

One person found this helpful. 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 blindsposition, 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. Boy was I wrong.

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Sklansky’s poker mind is so far advanced it is scary. He thinks about the game in the way it should be thought of: 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. 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. 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. 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. See all 51 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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