Fundamental Theorem of Poker

word type: noun

  1. A basic precept for understanding edges in poker that was established by David Sklansky in his seminal book, The Theory of Poker.

What it Is

The fundamental theorem of poker states that any time you force your opponents to make a play that they would not have made if your cards were faceup, you gain, and vice versa, if you make a play that you would not have made if your opponents' cards were faceup, you lose.