The Theory Of Poker: A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How To Think Like One - David Sklansky

It’s very hard to imagine today what sort of impact this book had on the poker world.  If you look at anyone’s recommended reading list today, with the mountain of poker books that are out there, almost all are very recent. The Theory of Poker not only still holds its own over 20 years after it first came out, it is still considered by many to still be the finest work of all time in the genre, and it is at least among the very best.

What sets The Theory Of Poker apart is it’s method of delving a lot more into the nuts and bolts of the game, through the mind of one of the game’s foremost thinkers of all time.  In the preface, Sklansky sets out the difference between his and other books by explaining that other books will look to tell you what to do, while his tells you what you should be considering when deciding what to do.  

The best way to improve is to actually improve the quality of your poker thinking, and Sklansky takes the time to explain his thought processes while walking you through a variety of fundamental poker concepts.  The concepts are also applicable to all forms of poker.  The quality of the material is outstanding even by today’s standards, and is a must read for aspiring and experienced poker players alike.

Rating:  5 out of 5