The Theory of Poker
Holdem Poker for Advanced Players
Tournament Poker for Advanced Players
Seven Card Stud for Advanced Players
No Limit Hold'em: Theory and Practice
David Sklansky is considered to be one of
the top authorities on gambling and has written numerous publications including the popular The Theory of Poker. His books are
definitely essential reading material for anyone who is serious about learning poker.
Sklansky was born in Teaneck, New Jersey in 1947. He had a natural gift for mathematics and was employed by an actuarial firm at the
young age of 20, despite never completing his education at the University of Pennsylvania. Soon enough, Sklansky was outsmarting his own
boss and not getting the credit or money he deserved for his ideas. When he discovered poker and saw the direct correlation between
winning money and outsmarting his opponents, he was hooked. He soon moved to Las Vegas to pursue his career as a professional gambler.
He won the first three major tournaments he entered, and never looked back. Over the next 30 years, he would become an accomplished
poker professional and well known author.
Sklansky has World Series of Poker bracelets in Mixed Doubles, Limit Omaha Hi, and Draw. He has also appeared numerous times on the Fox
Sports Network television show Poker Superstars Invitational. He has scored many deep cashes in major tournaments, including a third
place finish at the 2006 Borgata Open World Poker Tour Championship.
Sklansky has written countless articles for poker magazines and produced two instructional poker videos. He is partners with Mason
Malmuth on the website twoplustwo.com, which operates a popular poker forum where players can discuss poker and poker related topics.
Sklansky himself often contributes to the discussions, usually entertaining readers with his brilliant mind for mathematics and eccentric
Sklansky's books have been published by Two Plus Two Publishing and include some of the books linked above. Several of his books were
co-written with Mason Malmuth and/or Ed Miller. He also wrote the Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo section in Doyle Brunson’s 1979 revolutionary
World Series of Poker Champion, Greg Raymer credits Sklansky’s book The Theory of Poker for his success, saying “It was one of the
first books I bought, and it taught me all of the most important basic concepts applicable to any form of poker. I still consider it the
most important single poker book anybody can read if they want to improve their game."
Sklansky currently works as a consultant for online card rooms, brick and mortar casinos and companies developing gaming devices. He
continues to play poker on a regular basis and also enjoys sports betting and blackjack. He can usually be spotted playing major
tournaments as well. On occasion, Sklansky will hold seminars in Atlantic City and Las Vegas for players who are looking to improve their
games. He resides in Las Vegas and can often be found playing cash games in the card rooms there.
To read Poker-Vibe's comprehensive book reviews of several poker books by Dave Sklansky, including "The Theory of Poker" and
"Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players," click on the links above.