Weighing the Odds in Hold’em Poker, Written by King Yao
Math was never one of my favourite subjects in school but as a poker player I’ve come to realize that Mr Nordstroem’s boring lessons actually were valuable. The fact is that without some calculating skills you will have a very hard time becoming a top class poker player. If you’re not able to make correct odds calculations, luck will be your only ally in tight situations. Weighing the Odds in Hold’em is a guide to the mathematical side of poker.
Limit Hold’em games are in focus.
Expected hand values and pot odds should affect virtually every decision you make during a game of poker. King Yao deals with all the classic concepts like starting hand standards, bluffing/semi-bluffing and raising for a free-card and always emphasizes his line of reasoning with calculations.
So what does it all add up to in the end? Useful and effective strategic advice is my answer to that question. Limit games might be the main focus but No Limit players will also find this book valuable.
The author King Yao is based in Boston and is an experienced poker player. Previously he has worked as a derivatives trader.