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Applications of No-Limit Hold em Paperback – May 20, 2013
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About the Author
Matthew Janda has had an interest in card games his entire life, and began playing poker with friends in high school before playing online cash games in college. While originally studying business economics at UCLA, a game theory course sparked his interest in poker theory and optimal play.
Currently, Matthew continues to make poker training videos for CardRunners and all of his videos are theory based and designed to teach players the math necessary for improving their play without going into unnecessary or impractical details. He s never been one to discuss what line is best with a specific hand, but rather uses computer programs to display what action he thinks is best with each hand in his entire range.
Matthew is applying for medical school in 2013 and hopes to be a physician one day. He s currently finishing up his required science classes and volunteering, but poker remains his favorite hobby.
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As a theoretical book the it is very poorly written. If it was sold as a non-theoretical book I would give it 2 stars.
This book would be in my top two favorite and most useful poker books, with the other one being Will Tipton's "Expert Heads Up No-Limit Holdem".
His discussion on how to reason balancing has been vital to me. Also, I've found a major leak in my game when playing out-of-position. I'm generally a very aggressive player and almost always prefer betting out monster hands instead of trapping, since it grows the pot. I think a common rookie mistake is to get too sneaky-trappy, resulting in smaller pots than monster hands deserve. In general, my choice of aggression vs. trappy has worked out to my advantage.
But he makes some very compelling arguments where trapping is clearly superior. My major leak is that my aggressive "play big hands big" results in my checks universally being weak. The out-of-position disadvantage clearly needs to be balanced by properly trapping in the right spots.
Also, he turns the calling decision of pot-odds on its head. He concludes that you should defend (i.e. call) 60% of bets on the flop (when heads-up). This should surprise most players, I think, since generally we only call if we hit, and fold if we miss. You only hit 33%, so how to call the other 27% successfully, especially dry flops? Well, it only works if your opponent is "properly aggressive", like GTO. Against straightforward players, 60% is clearly a loser. But if you fold more than 60%, then opponent's "bluff 3/4 pot always" strategy simply has +EV against you. So pot-odds thinking must be compared to "don't give bluff-always any +EV".
Starting with the triple-barrel value play (balanced with some triple barrel bluffs) as a backbone of his analysis, you can understand the game much deeper. This triple-barrel play is really central to deep-stack poker. Once you've worked this out, you can reason how to shallow your strategy as stacks get shorter (like 30 Big-Blind tourneys).
This book covers lots of important and useful concepts for how to structure your play in an optimal fashion against tough/experienced opponents both before the flop and post flop. I'm confident that it will help me be very successful at higher limits ($5-$10 and above) in the very near future.
P.S. I live in Las Vegas and play 5 days/week in casino poker rooms. I consistently win at $2/$5 NLHE.
scientific approach to Bustout City. Honestly, I love 99% of what I read about strategy and variety of ideas. This book is nonsense.
I might pay $1 for it at a yard sale, but then would think I overpaid. Best luck if you want to try it for yourself however.
This is imo the other most wanted book on NLHE (esp heads-up). Buy it if you want a solid, easy to read and/but advanced poker book. The concept is based on balanced / game theoretical optimal. Most applications are explained by equations but it is totally readable without any mathematical skills. Thus the book is probably best suited for the players who are serious about improving their game.
The material is outstanding and knowingly based for years work and experience. It is actually a bit to be too practical for my taste. Some of the concept are left without rigorous proof which is understandable and probably a pro for the most readers.
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