As a team, Robert and William McCauley possess over a century of poker experience. Robert McCauley is the team's technical expert, and he also possesses the deepest experience as a poker player. He has a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the University of Washington, and has worked as a mathematician, software engineer, and manager in space programs in Seattle and in Southern California. He has been a successful entrepreneur in Europe and in Seattle. Throughout his life he has been an avid poker player, with particular interest in Texas Hold'em, which he has played almost exclusively for the last fifteen years-in cardrooms, casinos, and online. His deep understanding of the subtleties of Hold'em derives from his systematic approach to playing the game, which would not have been possible without of his extensive investigations of the mathematics of the game. William McCauley is the team's writer/editor. He has two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Washington, in Oceanography and in Writing. He has made his living for the last twenty years as a writer of technical nonfiction as well as fiction. His stories have appeared in many periodicals and in two collections, and he has published two novels (another will be published in 11). His nonfiction includes technical works on computer science, computer technology, investment, poker, as well as articles for trade publications.
Texas Hold'em: A Starting Hand Strategy for Internet and Live Playby William McCauley, Robert McCauley
Much has been written about how to play Texas Holdem, but most of it deals with post-flop play, which is NOT the most important part. Few books deal with the most important question in any Holdem game: whether to play the starting hand or fold it. By adopting a solid standard of playability, or, in the words of the authors, a mathematically sound Starting Hand Strategy, players increase the likelihood the hands they play will be winners.
An effective starting hand strategy is an essential element in the game of any serious player, and the strategy defined in this book is the best systematic method for evaluating the playability of Holdem starting hands yet published. It is expressed in charts and tables that show the correct play for every starting hand, in tight and loose games, in early, middle, late, small blind, and big blind positions.
The authors developed their Starting Hand Strategy during three years of computer simulations, data processing, and analysis. A starting hand is regarded as playable if it has a positive expectation of profit. The strategy is based on solid mathematical analysis of billions of computer simulations of every possible Texas Holdem starting hand.
The Starting Hand Strategy is full of informative detail and is easy to learn. If readers play often at internet Texas Holdem gaming sites they'll learn even more quickly, because they can open the charts and actually use them while you play. The book contains a thorough discussion for those who want to develop even deeper levels of understanding of the game. Most good players read the literature of the game; this book should be in the Holdem library of every serious player, whether novice or expert. It is the most original contribution to the literature of Texas Holdem in many years.
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