Because I had been promoting my book Mastering Poker Math, back in 2018 I frequently discussed the probabilities before (or after) the flop when someone asked. It usually worked to improve my reputation at the table and occasionally creates some curiosity about my first book on poker math.
It isn’t uncommon for players to ask me the probabilities of an occurrence since they know that I know the math extremely well. Sometimes the question comes from another table (during a friendly tournament).
On one evening during a casual tournament a player who I know well called over to me from another table.
“Chuck, what is the probability of getting a flush on the flop when you have two of the same suit?”
I immediately called back: "It is .8%".
Several people from the other table (as well as my table) turned their heads, stared at me with a bit of wonderment on how I knew this obscure probability. I sensed respect and maybe a bit of fear at my quick and accurate response from players at both tables.
I wasn’t sure if I should be flattered that people at the two tables thought I was knowledgeable, or saddened because I was spending so much time preparing my book for release!
What many of the players don’t know is that it wasn’t that tough when you know the back story.
I had been investing a huge amounts of time day after day checking, re-checking and checking again my book to prepare it for release. After reading the same material over and over again, it can’t help but become an integral part of you.
On a side note: I did take first place in that local tournament!
Below is a picture of the printouts of the Mastering Poker Math that I used to edit the book. I checked the book so many times because I want it to be good. I want it to be very good.
The check prints when I was finishing up Mastering Poker Math for publication.
If you are a poker player my goal for the book: Mastering Poker Math is to help you accelerate your game forward as quickly as possible so you can become a New Breed of Poker Player. It is designed to do this by helping you learn the math at a visceral level and how to integrate that math with the other aspects of your game.
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