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Poker Stories Podcast: Theory Of Poker Author And Three-Time Bracelet Winner David Sklansky

Poker Stories Is An Audio Podcast Series That Features The Game's Best Players and Personalities


Poker Stories is a long-form audio podcast series that features casual interviews with some of the game’s best players and personalities. Each episode highlights a well-known member of the poker world and dives deep into their favorite tales both on and off the felt.

David Sklansky is perhaps the most prolific poker writer ever, and an all-around authority on all things gambling. The author of titles such as The Theory of Poker, Small Stakes Hold’em, DUCY?, and the latest, Small Stakes No-Limit Hold’em: Help Them Give You Their Money, is one of the few authors to simultaneously hold three spots on Amazon’s top 100 bestsellers list.

The 76-year-old is a three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, and also took down the Poker By The Book invitational event on the World Poker Tour. When he wasn’t gambling for a living, whether it was on poker, sports, or blackjack, Sklansky worked as a casino advisor. Not only did he invent the foundation for Caribbean Stud, but the ‘resident wizard’ famously convinced Bob Stupak to build the Stratosphere tower on the Las Vegas Strip.

Highlights from this interview include being the black sheep in a family of geniuses, the Ivy League poker game, being an ‘insufferable’ math rebel, putting pen to paper in 1976, poker theory back to Neumann and Nash, being a GTO deviant, getting barred for card counting, taking advantage of bad casino math, ‘scheming’ with Bob, changing the Las Vegas Strip skyline, getting a state senator elected but losing a fixed race for mayor, a $30 million caribbean stud loss, challenging Donald Trump to a $1 million board game, matching JK Rowling, signing autographs for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, owning two unique pieces of WSOP history, being the ultimate third wheel, the $1 million election bet, Sklansky bucks vs. implied odds, avoiding a punch from Floyd Mayweather, and all five times he was held at gunpoint.

Catch up on past episodes featuring notables such as Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Jennifer Harman, Patrik Antonius, Justin Bonomo, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Galfond, Nick Schulman, Fedor Holz, Barry Greenstein, Dan Smith, Scotty Nguyen, Mike Sexton, Jean-Robert Bellande, Mike Matusow, Maria Ho, Brad Owen, and many more. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes automatically when they are released.

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