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Texas Hold 'Em Poker Textbook Paperback – November 13, 2010
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A great starter book for anyone and enough information of value for the advanced player. So, limp in or ante up and buy this book, it will be one of the more rewarding bets you will make.
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"Luck comes and goes...knowledge will grow and stay forever."
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I own about 60 books on poker. If I were given the choice between (1) tossing all of them except this one or (2) tossing this one and keeping the rest, so long David Sklansky, Ed Miller, etc. I'd definitely keep this book.
If I lost my copy of this book, and I had to pay $1,000 to get a new one, I'd gladly pay that $1,000.
I make use of what I have learned from this book more than any other book. There are some things in Holdem that you can know, and this book covers those things.
The writer works out most of the conceivable situations at the table. But the thing about this book, if you go through, you will be able to calculate the odds in situations that might not be found in this book.
I would say this book is geared towards people who don't like math or who have math anxiety. I say that because the writer works everything out completely--nobody of average intelligence or even of slightly below average intelligence will have trouble with this book.
The writer does not only give examples, but he also has exercises that go along with every sections, and the answers to the exercises are worked out as clearly as the text.
The textbooks on probability have all these symbols and all these formulas, and I have never understood a one of them. The formulas are in this book too, and I understand those formulas now.
I have every single poker math published through 2014, when I picked this one up. None of them are close to this one. I haven't picked up any poker math that came out after this book because I don't think I need to.
Another thing about this book--I have not found a single typo in this book and I have been through it twice. By way of comparison, in the Mathematics of Poker, you'll find typos--I think in the first chapter, but if not the first, you'll find them in the second. (The Mathematics of Poker is a different type of book from this one. If you have had trouble with The Mathematics of Poker, go through this one first.)
I would think everybody would want to go through this book before they ever sat down at a poker table. But if nobody reads it, that is fine by me, but I feel kind of bad for the writer, because it's clear he put a lot of thought and a lot of work into this book, and I would imagine he knows as well as I know what a good book this is.
Some hands are very complicated, e.g., the probability of a straight occurring by the river. There are several cases to consider, and the author clearly lays out the cases and the requisite calculations (pp. 86-94).
Each section also comes with several questions and worked-out answers.
texas hold'em textbook is so excellent on probability and chance as it relates to odds in general and to texas hold'em in particular. Dramatically increased my knoledge of the odds of the game with positive results already.