"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited!” ~Plutarch This is the description on Amazon.com for the rereleased book: Mastering Poker Math. Mastering Poker Math has been created to help you gain a competitive advantage in tournament poker. It covers two major areas. First, the book helps you to gain a visceral understanding of the math of Texas NoLimit Hold’em. You will learn to trust the numbers in the right situations and circumstances to improve your game. Second, you will learn to integrate the math with your other skills. Knowing the math isn’t enough today. The competition is tough and getting tougher by the year. To be a successful player today, your math skills need to be fused solidly with your other skills. This book will show you how to accomplish this. In Mastering Poker Math, you journey begins with learning the Fundamental Poker Math Skills. These include: Decision Making with Imperfect Information, Probabilities, Fractions, Odds and Counting Your Outs, The Rule of 2 and 4, Key Percentages and Probabilities, The Importance of Equity and Expected Value. Next, you will learn to Master the Math by exploring: The Core Math, Selecting Great Starting Hands and the Power of Betting. The next section is extensive. It covers Mastering the Math Applications including: Chip Management Skills, Why It’s Smart Math to Bluff, The Power and Problems with Aces and The Power and Problems with Pocket Pairs. This section also covers Decision Tree Analysis, The Explosive Energy of AllIn, Capitalizing on Patterns & Math and the Phases of a Tournament. The book wraps up by showing you how to become a New Breed of Poker Player. We will cover: Game Theory Optimal, Strengthening Your Skills, Tracking Your Results and Next Steps. This book is jam packed with powerful information to help you gain a strong competitive edge. Get your copy of Mastering Poker Math today and start becoming a feared shark at the tables. Available on Amazon.com! Here is part of one of the reviews: "I just received this book from Amazon yesterday late afternoon. I’ve already finished reading it from cover to cover. And this is coming from someone who hates to read and hasn’t read a book in at least 13 years. I couldn’t put it down. This is such a phenomenal book that teaches you the math and strategy around making proper decisions at the poker table. It gives you quick and easy ways to calculate if your decisions at the table are mathematically correct and how using these formulas can help you gain a competitive advantage over your opponent. But this book goes way beyond its “Math”matical title. It teaches you about..." ~ Tom Britton To Read more go to Amazon.com! "Be so good they can't ignore you!" ~ Steve Martin Make sure you press "Like" if you enjoyed this Blog Post ...and be sure and share it with your friends!
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The book: Mastering Poker Math has been created for all serious poker players who want to take their game to the next level. Improving at anything takes time, study, dedication, and a burning desire to learn new ways of thinking. Poker is no different. Book Layout The sections in this book are as follows. Each section has been designed to build upon the previous ones. They are: Section I. Foundational Poker Math Skills Section II: Mastering the Math Section III: Mastering the Math Applications Section IV: Becoming a New Breed of Poker Player There are a handful of places where the math gets a little cumbersome. I have labeled these SharkSavvy Math Equation (For Geeks). This is in case you are interested in how the math is derived. If not, you can ignore these areas. The next and final Blog post in this series will provide the description of newly released Mastering Poker Math on the Amazon page. Stay tuned! Make sure you press "Like" if you enjoyed this Blog Post
...and be sure and share it with your friends! "Poker is a skill game pretending to be a chance game.” ~ James Altucher The variability in poker is huge. This gives rise to some fascinating characteristics of the game. First, the high variance of the game provides excitement that has some addictive qualities. Second, a high percentage of players think they are better than they are because they can play with excellent players and do okay at times. They play by their gut and rarely (if ever) use the math. The high variability allows them this luxury. And third, there are few (possibly no other) major sports or games where the variability is as high as it is in Texas NoLimit Hold’em. Here are a couple of examples.
The point is that in most sports and games, the top players have an overwhelming advantage (because of small variances) over beginners in the long run, and well as in the shortrun. This isn’t the case for NoLimit Hold’em in the shortrun. Tight Hand Variances The poker hands in Hold’em have relatively tight hand variances. Here are some examples:
Note: The “s” in these examples means suited. The “o” means nonsuited. This convention will be used throughout the text for suited and unsuited cards. There are many more examples. The point is, even the worst hands will win a reasonable percentage of the time against the best hands. It is this tight variance in poker hands which allows bad players to get lucky in the short run and beat good players. This is a major reason why vast numbers of people enjoy playing the game. On any given day even some of the worst players have a slight chance to win. But, not in the long run! The best players will consistently win because the game of Texas NoLimit Hold’em is really a skill game, not a luck game. Selfdelusion is common in poker because of occasional runs of good cards and good luck. But good cards dry up, and good luck runs out. Bad beats (low probability events) by bad players are common in poker and cause many tilt related rantings, especially from those who don’t understand the math. Yet, it is just the variance which provide these emotional rollercoaster rides all poker players have experienced time and again. Millions of people play the game because of the high variability allowing them to get lucky at times. They supply massive sums of money for the tournaments fueling the poker boom. The silver lining is that the exceptional players do well over the long run. Although you will have plenty of bad beats (everyone does), in the long run if your math and other parts of your game are solid, you will do better than those who depend on luck, instead of skill as a strategy. So, what is luck? Simply put:
The top players are studious, curious, patient, willing to do the work and always striving to do better. They combine their math skills with their other poker skills and become a feared shark at the poker tables. In our next and final part of the Introduction we will discuss who Mastering Poker Math is for and the overall book layout Make sure you press "Like" if you enjoyed this Blog Post ...and be sure and share it with your friends! "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited!” ~Plutarch The next four blog posts are from the Introduction to the book: Mastering Poker Math, and from the description of the book on Amazon.com They are intended to give you a high level view of what the book is all about. Let's get started: Texas NoLimit Hold’em is arguably one of the most incredibly complex, frustrating and fascinating games that has ever been created. For tens of millions of people, it is a significant part of their leisure time. For some, it is a serious endeavor. At its core, playing excellent poker is all about making great decisions, patience, excellent hand selection, strategy, tactics, adaptability, learning from your mistakes and more. Harnessing the power of math is a significant factor in winning. Mastering Poker Math has been created to help you learn the math of Texas NoLimit Hold’em. It is primarily geared towards tournament play. Yet, many of the concepts described within can be applied to cash games as well. Some of the math is straightforward. Some of it is more complicated. The indepth parts are to help you understand how the math is derived so you can internalize it, not just memorize a lot of boring numbers and tables. This book is a learning tool. Earmark pages, highlight sections, attach sticky notes and review it time and again until your knowledge becomes automatic and visceral. The reward for understanding the math at a gut level is a significant competitive advantage resulting in a higher level of confidence. You will know more than most players who depend heavily on good cards and good luck. This Book is designed to help you: Gain a Visceral Understanding of the Math Learn to trust the numbers in the right situations and circumstances to improve your game. Integrate the Math with Your Other Skills Knowing the math isn’t enough. NoLimit Hold’em is incredibly complex. To be a complete player, your math skills need to be integrated with your other poker skills. This book will show you how to accomplish this. Using all your skills is crucial to becoming a feared shark at the tables. In the next blog post we will cover the Variability in Texas NoLimit Hold'em. This is an exciting blog with information every serious poker player should understand! Stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you press "Like" if you enjoyed this Blog Post
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