Texas Hold'em Oddsby Catalin Barboianu
Odds are part of any gambling strategy and Texas Hold'em Poker is highly predisposed to probability-based decisions. This book presents the mathematics involved in card distributions in Texas Hold'em and provides a precise account of the odds associated with all gaming events. The author is a recognized authority on casino mathematics. He is member of applied mathematics societies and has published numerous articles in leading academic, gaming industry and applied mathematics journals. He is also the author of "Probability Guide of Gambling". No formal background in mathematics is necessary for reading this book, although comfort with some probability and set theory notions is helpful. In most cases, you'll need some college math to follow the formulas here, but this is not a requirement, because the numerical results are collected in tables at the end of each section. The work is packed with formulas, algorithms and tables. Its' primary goal is to allow the reader to quickly find the odds for their hand and for their opponent's hand, in order to improve his/her betting decisions. Every type of card distribution is tabulated in a logical, consistent and comprehensive manner. The complete methodology and all the calculations are shown, so it teaches the player how to calculate probability for any situation for every stage of the game, even for other card games. You will find here the real odds, returned by precise mathematical formulas and not by partial simulations that most software uses. The book contains new and original material that has not been done previously and provides a full coverage of Hold'em odds:
- Immediate odds (pre-flop odds, flop odds, turn odds, river odds, odds of improving specific hands).
- Long-shot odds (odds of achieving specific card formations by river) for own hand, in after-flop and after-turn stages.
- Long-shot odds for opponent's hand (odds for one and at least one of your opponents to achieve specific card formations by river), in after-flop, after-turn and after-river stages.
- Other odds.
Concrete examples of calculations and usage of tables are attached to each section. Also, a special chapter of examples is included for a good understanding of how to count and compare the odds for expected card formations and the odds of possible higher formations of opponents.
Such information is a must for any Hold'em player - either beginner or advanced - and this book is a trusted and professional source.
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If you want to know all math behind Hold'em, from probability point of view, this is the source. It is not a classical strategy book (maybe many more recommendations for particular hands would be useful), but it really covers all gaming situations in Hold'em. No book I read thus far has such well organized coverage on odds and probability. Holding in one hand a good strategy book and in the other this odds book, you will probably win a lot during time. I recommend it instead of any odds calculator, because you will see here the applied formulas and you will be able to learn and apply the probability calculus for any particular hand or for other poker games.
I have no great math skills but after reading this book in conjunction with some texts on Probability I have a good understanding of it. I was not only interested in the numerical results, but also in how to calculate them. Until now, I used to calculate the card odds by myself. After reading the book, I realized that most of my calculations was wrong. Probabilities are not that simple as they look. I even not look at odds tables posted on web anymore, because I don't know how they reached those results. Anyway, this is the most complete source of odds. I highly recommend the book to every Hold'em player!