The POSTFLOP Poker Workbook: Advanced Technical Analysis Of The Flop And Beyond Paperback – November 11, 2020
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- Paperback : 282 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8656987134
- Item Weight : 1.55 pounds
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.67 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Independently published (November 11, 2020)
- ASIN : B08N97D7PS
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was paid for that work. I was NOT paid for this review. I do not get any kind of percentage or bonus based on sales.
Who is this book for?
It not for beginners. The concepts, exercises and the tools needed to complete them require that the student/reader has a decent knowledge of the game AND of the basic mathematical principles that underlie it. This book builds on the foundation laid by Sweeney's "Math & Preflop" workbook (which was not for raw beginners either). If you don't have that book, you really should do it first. If you're new to the game or "poker math", you should probably search YouTube for more beginner oriented content (search "Splitsuit math" to get started), get your feet wet, then try the Preflop book.
Do you need Flopzilla, Equilab or similar?
Almost certainly. There are sections that "most people" (I mean most poker players who grasp "poker math") will be able to do in their heads. But there many more that require one of these programs to get through. Or get through in any reasonable amount of time.
If you can't answer the questions without Flopzilla, and you can't use Flopzilla when you're playing - why bother?
Studying this sort of thing away from the table will familiarize you with how these spots "work" and train you to make "good enough" estimates in real time. If you've ever played against an "extremely recreational" player (to be polite) and noticed that the see to think every draw is 50-50 (you either get your card or you don't, lol), you'll understand the benefit of being able to make decent estimates. Through these exercises you'll learn (among other things) how common certain types of flops are, how often the board will run out a certain way, and how your hand (or range) matches up versus your opponent given the board. These are tools that will help you beat players who are also thinking about the game, but not willing to work on it.
Why isn't the answer key in the book?
A number of reasons. Space for one. There are a LOT of exercises in this book. Adding the Key would have significantly increased the page count.
Convenience. "Most" people have access to a smartphone, tablet or computer. Considering that you NEED Flopzilla or Equilab, there must be some electronic device they are running on. The "electronic" answer key also adds the ability to copy/paste the various ranges of the problem into your software of choice instead of typing them out manually every time.
Accuracy. We worked very hard to make the key 100% accurate. But it won't be. We're human and there are a LOT of exercises. With the key online, corrections can be applied as needed and people who downloaded the key can be notified.
On to the book.
While helping w/ the book, I was looking at PDF files, but I had a pretty good idea what it would look like on paper, having bought Splitsuit's other work books (well, not the tournament one; I don't do tournaments). The fonts, graphics and 4 color decks are much the same as the "Math & Preflop" book. The text ranges below the range graphics have me reaching for my "cheaters", but that's pretty unavoidable given the font size needed to keep the range manageable and my deteriorating vision. (And not really a problem, as you can copy the range from the Answer Key!)
Will it make you better?
Not by magic. You'll need to put in the work.
But learning & internalizing concepts like how hands (or ranges) hit (or miss!) flops (or turns or rivers), SPR (stack to pot ratio), floating, auto-profit spots and pot geometry will give you a big advantage over players who aren't willing to match your effort.
James has done the work to give you a comprehensive breakdown of the math behind poker, as a professional player this is the exact type of work I used to do manually to master the game and get my edge. Except with this book, everything is laid out for you, the situations you should learn, the concepts you need to apply, even as an experienced player it just makes my life easier to use this instead of hack it together on my own.
Every concept in the book walks you through thinking about math the way a real pro poker player understands it. For example, how often a player will continue on board textures with top pair + 8 out draws every applicable variation you can think of. Going through these exercises makes this knowledge intuitive and instinctual so you can pull up on the fly and apply it in dynamic ways. This is how I learned to beat poker to make my living and it's just made so much simpler here.
I've been kicking my feet up, answer key on one monitor and equilab on the other, doing a few problems applicable to my games to stay sharp. For me the value was undeniable, for the cost of a few blinds I get to save dozens and dozens of hours of work.
That's not even mentioning the full video course James recorded along side the book. Seriously, I don't know anyone who delivers a more comprehensive product for learning poker.