Which Book Should You Read First?
If you have already read Mastering Poker Math Volume 1, this is excellent. Mastering Poker Math Volume 2 is a great follow-up book for you. However, consider reading Mastering Poker Math Volume 1 if you think its topics will provide you with a solid math foundation before reading this book.
If you are an advanced player and feel confident with the information presented in Mastering Poker Math Volume 1, then consider skipping it and continue reading this book.
The choice is yours!
How Important is the Math in Texas No-Limit Hold 'em?
I will make an educated guess that poker math is (at least) 40% of the game. It might be more. Someday a computer program may produce a more accurate percentage.
It is intriguing to observe how few players have a solid grasp of the math. Since math is such a massive part of the game, learning it at a visceral level can help you gain a strong competitive edge over most other players.
Note: In the highest levels of the game, where the mental game increases in value, it can be argued that poker math has less importance—especially in cash games. That being said, even at those nosebleed levels, knowing the poker math at a deep level can give a player a decided advantage. Any edge at the highest levels is worth plenty.
Integrating the Math with the Rest of Your Game
Integrating the math with the other parts of your game will unleash its full power. Learning math in a vacuum is a huge mistake.
By combining poker math with your entire game, you will maximize your expertise and skills. This is emphasized repeatedly throughout the text due to its importance.
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