The next several blogs will be about the history of poker, how to become a New Breed of Poker Player. Let's get started!
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” ~ Stephen Hawking
Excelling in Texas No-Limit Hold’em is all about using as many of your advantages as possible to defeat opponents. Those advantages have changed over time. In this section we will review key events in the evolution of Texas No-Limit Hold’em and what is required today to become A New Breed of Poker Player.
The Early Days of Poker
Mystery shrouds when Texas No-Limit Hold’em was invented, however it is thought to have started in the early 1900’s in Robstown Texas.
It gained traction when the early pioneers such as Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim, Johnny Moss and Bobby Baldwin played it. These men had to learn the game relying on their knowledge of human behavior, intuition, tells, basic math skills, and table experience.
There were no books, no internet, no courses, no training, no YouTube video’s, no hole cams, and no easy access to play. At times these trail blazers would drive long distances just to get into a game. Many of those games were in the back rooms of shady places. Poker players were looked down upon. There was little respect for them in regular society.
When they won money, they would still have to avoid being robbed or beaten. Their sheer passion and force of will helped them to become excellent players. It was truly a time of the Wild West in the poker world.
The first World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event was in 1970 with only 7 entrants. Johnny Moss was the winner. Poker has grown exponentially since.
In the next blog we will cover the importance of books, hole cams and RFID Technology in the growth of poker.
"The majority of players are looking for reasons to fold. I am looking for reasons to play." ~ Daniel Negreanu
The Rule of 2 and 4 are quick shortcuts to help us work out the percentage needed to get a draw in Texas No-Limit Hold'em. These shortcuts aren’t exact. However, they are good enough for doing quick probabilities in our head at the tables.
The Rule of 2
The Rule of 2 states: Multiply your number of outs by 2 to get the approximate percentage of a draw you have on the turn or the river.
For example, let's say you have a flush draw after the flop.
The Rule of 2 works because there are 52 cards in the deck
and 52 goes into one hundred approximately twice.
The Rule of 4
The Rule of 4 is used when you are considering an all-in move after the flop and will see both the turn and river cards. Multiply your number of outs by 4 to get the approximate percentage of a draw.
Like the Rule of 2 example, you have a flush draw after the flop.
Once again, that’s close and useful for quick estimate at the tables.
Note: The Core Math Chapter of Mastering Poker Math provides more detail on how this equation is derived.
The purpose of this blog is to discuss the importance of Poker Math in helping you gain a competitive edge in Texas No-Limit Hold'em.
It is designed to be EDUCATIONAL, ENTERTAINING and FUN! There will be powerful tips and tricks from my book Mastering Poker Math. You will also learn such fascinating topics as the history of poker, key math concepts and general thoughts to educate and entertain.
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