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Essential Poker Math, Expanded Edition: Fundamental No-Limit Hold'em Mathematics You Need to Know Paperback – October 27, 2016
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Alton Hardin is a #1 Amazon best-selling author and poker coach. He has published several poker books and courses and has been featured on the nationally-syndicated casino and poker industry talk radio show House of Cards. Alton is the founder of MicroGrinder Poker School – an affordable online poker school dedicated to both beginner and struggling micro stakes poker players, where he provides a wide array of free and affordable poker resources and poker training, including courses, strategy articles and training video series. Alton is also a best-selling poker course instructor on Udemy.com, where his four poker courses have over 9,600 satisfied students! Visit MicroGrinder.com for free and affordable poker learning resources.
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I am a student of his first Poker Math book and the companion video course. Alton has taken the Essential Poker Math to a whole new level with this Expanded Edition. This edition is much more robust - elaborating on the basic concepts then adding the more advanced concepts. All subjects are explained thoroughly for student comprehension.
The many hand examples and many practice hands bridge academia with practical implementation. The chapters include specifics on how to properly evaluate draws, steals, 3bets, set-mining, etc.
Alton does include the impact of player types and folds that in appropriately. But he avoids what I find in so many poker educational materials - saying "just be aggressive against fish". This book puts context to the many dimensions of poker.
Alton transcends textbook learning by taking that next step to instilling HOW to apply the math as you play. That is unique and VERY important. He makes Poker Math practical to apply. You leave a chapter having a real game plan to institute.
Make no mistake - Poker Math is important to becoming a more accomplished player. Intuition may have its role at the table but base that in proven mathematical concepts.
This book serves the live player as well as the online player - I am both.
As with any poker teaching you need to focus and concentrate and learn what is presented - if you "study" the book properly, and don't treat it as "just a read", you will reap rewards.
I can not recommend this book any higher, and all of Alton Hardin's other poker educational materials as well.
This book explains math concepts in an easy to understand way which will vastly benefit those who are not familiar with rudimentary statistical concepts such as probability, expected value, or variance. As for me, these concepts were familiar but not as applied to the game of poker. So even if you are statistically sound, you will still get something out of this book by learning how to apply these concepts to the game. I can't complement the author enough on his ability to simply explain these concepts. In fact, I intend to use his coin flip chart to explain variance with my middle school son....I'm sure he will understand it.
If you've been playing for years then it is likely you will be familiar with these concepts and you will probably not appreciate this book as much as the casual player will.
As an added bonus, the author gives you free access to his online course. While it is basically identical content to the book, people who learn with different modalities will benefit, and others will just get a nice re-enforcement of the key concepts.