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.
Why I Wrote Mastering Poker Math Volume 2
After completing Mastering Poker Math Volume 1, I continued to take notes during and after games.Over time, I realized that although there was a great deal of useful information in the first book, more robust and practical math became apparent for the intermediate to advanced players.
Consequently, Mastering Poker Math Volume 2 came into existence.
This work deep dives into probabilities, equities, range analysis, trapping, disciplined folding, the metagame, and combining these skills with the rest of your game. It also streamlines (and enhances) critical concepts taught in Mastering Poker Math Volume 1.
In summary, Mastering Poker Math Volumes 1 and 2 have both been written to fill a significant gap in the hands-on mathematics of Texas No-Limit Hold 'em.
"A teacher is never a giver of truth—he is a guide, a pointer
to the truth that each student must find for himself.
A good teacher is merely a catalyst."—Bruce Lee
My Poker Journey
I was drawn to the Texas No-Limit Hold 'em due to my profound enjoyment of competitive and strategic sports and games coupled with my education and experience in engineering and business.
It seems natural that I was drawn into Texas No-Limit Hold 'em initially because of the competition, strategy, complexity, poker math, critical thinking, decision making, problem-solving, and more.
The skills learned in poker continue to drive my interest in the game since there aren't any absolute answers, only improving one's skills by increments—just like in everyday life. I enjoy the intricacy and challenge of the game, along with the eloquent, powerful, and practical mathematics behind it.
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"If you can't explain it simple enough, you don't
understand it well enough." ~ Albert Einstein
The following is from the Prelude to Mastering Poker Math Volume 2
Mastering Poker Math Volume 2 is the sequel to Mastering Poker Math Volume 1. Both books teach the math of Texas No-Limit Hold 'em and how to integrate it with the rest of your game. They are designed for all serious players who are willing to do the work to become a powerful player.
Focus, dedication, and determination are keys to learning this material viscerally (at a gut level) and applying it confidently and effectively at the poker tables. This work also stresses the importance of seamlessly integrating the math with the rest of your game.
Before digging into this book, let's review the material presented in Mastering Poker Math Volume 1.
Mastering Poker Math Volume 1
In late 2018 Mastering Poker Math Volume 1 was released. The book continues to sell well on Amazon.com and has many excellent reviews. It is designed for beginning to advanced players and covers four major sections and 21 chapters.
Section I: Foundational Poker Math Skills
Chapter 1: Decision Making with Imperfect Information
Chapter 2: Probabilities, Fractions, Odds, and Counting Your Outs
Chapter 3: The Rule of 2 and 4
Chapter 4: Key Percentages and Probabilities
Chapter 5: The Importance of Equity
Chapter 6: Expected Value (EV)
Section II: Mastering the Math
Chapter 7: The Core Math
Chapter 8: Selecting Great Starting Hands
Chapter 9: The Power of Betting
Section III: Mastering the Math Applications
Chapter 10: Chip Management Skills
Chapter 11: Why It's Smart Math to Bluff
Chapter 12: The Power and Problems with Aces
Chapter 13: The Power and Problems with Pocket Pairs
Chapter 14: Decision Tree Analysis
Chapter 15: The Explosive Energy of All-In!
Chapter 16: Capitalizing on Patterns
Chapter 17: Math and the Phases of a Tournament
Section IV: Becoming A New Breed of Poker Player
Chapter 18: Game Theory Optimal
Chapter 19: Strengthening Your Skills
Chapter 20: Tracking Your Results
Chapter 21:Next Steps
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The book: Mastering Poker Math Volume 1 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.
Transform Your Game and Become a Feared Shark at the Tables.
Mastering Poker Math Volume 1 has been created to help you gain a competitive advantage in tournament poker.
You will learn two major areas.
First, the book helps you to gain a visceral understanding of the math of Texas No-Limit 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, your journey begins with the discovery of Fundamental Poker Math Skills.
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