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Old 05-29-2017, 08:35 AM   #1
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Do two OLD classic poker books still have value?

Of course I'm very excited about Matthew Janda's new book "No-Limit Hold'em for Advanced Players" (2017), but I'm also interested in:

1. "Theory of Poker" - Sklansky. I first read this 10+ years ago and it was fantastic, so I wonder if there's value in revisiting it (although it's Limit)

2. "Super/System 1" - Brunson's Hold'em chapter which I've heard recommends an extreme LAG style (like some of today's players?)

I can generally concentrate on only one book at a time, so there's no point in attempting all three at once. Which would you recommend?
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Old 05-29-2017, 05:15 PM   #2
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Re: Do two OLD classic poker books still have value?

TOP will always have value and should be in every player's collection, and read from time to time. The fact that you asked suggests you should re-read it for starters. But it won't cover NL Holdem much.

Super System is a bit dated and I wouldn't recommend it for someone starting to learn NL Holdem, mainly because the games are different now. But also because there are more thorough and advanced literature available now.

Juanda's new book is "for advanced players," as the title states. His first book is also advanced. If you consider yourself approaching advanced, then by all means. If not, then other books might be better suited.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:25 AM   #3
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Re: Do two OLD classic poker books still have value?

Sklansky has always come across as a rather annoying "know-it-all" on 2plus2, which is a bit of a shame as his book "Theory of Poker" is an absolute classic and still relevant enough today that its concepts are applicable to poker beyond limit and beyond holdem. He really did know what he was talking about. Im some ways we have come full circle and TOP makes Super System look old school.

I think there is value in both books if you read them in context.
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:31 AM   #4
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Re: Do two OLD classic poker books still have value?

We can learn general concepts of poker, but would not be worth it for today's strategy
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