Why aren't the book authors in the finals?
I'm on the verge of making the commitment of studying, not just reading, the supposed best, highest rated books on HoldEm Poker, starting with Sklansky/Malmuth's "Texas Hold Em for Advanced Players" (since it is so often mentioned as the 'bible' of books, and because the authors claim other books are incorrect), then use their strategies as a reference point and comparison standard for any other books I might read. Not far into this book, I've soon come to realize there are an almost limitless number of combinations of situational facts one can be in, and remembering what to do, even with their qualifying remarks such as 'IT IS USUALLY CORRECT' and 'NORMALLY,' to be a daunting task. Here are my questions before I give these guys too much credit and invest the months/years it will take to learn their stuff. If the authors are so good, why aren't I seeing them at the finals tables on TV? I've mainly watched NBC, as recently as yesterday, where one of the Heads Up finalists has only been playing a few years, (I think they said since 2003.) How many braclets do Sklansky and Malmuth have? Have they taken 'cash game only' vows? Do they not want to be seen on TV? Are their strategies not that good, and if not, then why aren't the pros who win the tournaments writing the books? What's the deal? Also, is there any evidence that top pros and these quick studies like Chris Moneymaker have ever sat down, studied these books, analyzed and memorized 'what if' scenarios until they're blue in the face? I refuse to believe that players like Jennifer Tilley and Evelyn Ng have studied Sklansky/Malmuth strategies. My instincts tell me they are simply relying on THEIR instincts.