Sklansky, a brilliant theorist and mathematician, is much stronger on the first point than on the second. For instance, the author argues that, given the prize structure of many live tournaments these days, it may actually be correct to tighten up around the bubble in order to avoid elimination just outside of the money. Naturally, his mathematical prowess comes in handy for evaluating situations where one player is, or has the option of, moving all in. Several pages of charts spell out very clearly when to move all in against the blinds of different types of players and when to call all in moves from players of varying degrees of tightness. But Sklansky is a stronger mathematician and theorist than he is strategist, and some of his more specific playing advice rings false, or at least out of touch with the modern playing environment.
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Find out how to qualify for this book in the Two Plus Two poker bonus program. 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. Because he plays so terribly, you can almost guarantee yourself a win by grinding him out, and taking no chances. You might be able to steal lots of antes, get him to call you on the end when he has no chance, and do other things to almost ensure a win. Because of that, you choose to stay away from big pots where you are only a small favorite.
By playing this way, you estimate that you have a 90 percent chance of winning the freezeout. What if you chose to gamble it up with him, pushing small edges and generally playing bigger pots? Suppose you estimated that this strategy reduced your chances of winning the freezeout to 75 percent? But suppose that playing this way meant the typical freezeout only took two hours, as opposed to five? There is no definitive answer. It depends on a few different things, the most important of which is, what are those saved hours worth to you?
If you would have spent them idly, you probably would prefer to make more money at a lower hourly rate. On the other hand, if you had an opportunity to make money during those three hours, the situation is different. Another time where you would opt to play the shorter, though less profitable freezeout, would be when you knew that you could play more than one freezeout with this guy.
You also would be more likely to keep him coming back, since he would quit sooner if you were winning 90 percent of the matches. There is, however, one other possible reason to play the more conservative style. Namely, your bank roll. If you only have a few thousand dollars to your name, winning the freezeout is too important to take chances, and this is the situation for most people who play tournaments.
Unless there is a juicy sidegame, or perhaps a juicy satellite tournament that you know you could get into if you go broke in the tournament, there is little reason to be concerned about your hourly rate when playing tournaments.
The strategies recommended in this book assume that you would too. And it is yet another reason why avoiding slightly positive EV situations that can get you broke is the right thing to do.
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Book Review: Tournament Poker for Advanced Players
The book we will be discussing this week is David Sklansky's 'Tournament Poker for Advanced Players' , and without giving too much away, the book really lives up to its title. As you therefore might expect, this is not a book for the absolute beginner but rather for the more advanced poker player. In his book, the author David Sklansky gives us a lesson in tournament poker. The expanded edition provides us with an updated version with more than new pages compared to the original version.
David Sklansky - Tournament Poker for Advanced Players Expanded Edition
Search on the materials: Search on the biographies: Search on the storylines:. As it is already mentioned in the title, the book is intended for advanced players. The author recommends beginners to familiarize with less complicated literature first. Poker players who have played a couple of hundred of tournaments and want to become more effective players and move up the limits are targeted audience of the book.
Tournament Poker for Advanced Players
Tournament Poker for Advanced Players (Expanded Edition)
Tournament Poker for Advanced Players. David Sklansky. 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 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.