Item description for DRAW POKER ODDS: The Mathematics of Classical Poker by Catalin Barboianu...
Like any variation of poker, draw poker (or classical poker) is also predisposed to probability-based decisions. The author presents the mathematics involved in this card game, with respect to the usage of the numerical results in players' strategies. The whole presentation is focused on the practical aspect of the application of probability theory in draw poker and all the sections are such structured to allow the direct usage of the numerical results. This is why every section is packed with tables, some of them filling dozens of pages. This is not a math book, even if the supporting mathematics is present thorough, but a guide addressed to poker players, who can skip the math parts at any time and pick the needed results from tables. For those interested, the complete methodology, the way probability theory is applied and a part of the calculations are shown, so it teaches the player how to calculate odds for any situation for every stage of the game, even the numerical results are already listed in the book. Want to evaluate the probability of one opponent bluffing? Want to know the probability of at least one opponent holding a card formation higher than yours, at any moment of the game? Want to know the probability of hitting the desired formation if discarding in a certain way? All this information is in the book and is fully mathematically grounded. All probability results from this guide are obtained through compact mathematical formulas and not partial simulations on computer. These formulas are the outcome of one year of study, math work and tests. The author found the right probability model in which to apply the theory and conveniently quantify the card distributions in order to work out the draw poker probability formulas. They were built with an enough large range of variables to cover all possible situations and were never worked out before. Their numerical returns were gathered in three main categories of odds presented in the book: - Initial probabilities of the first card distribution for your own hand; - Prediction probabilities after first card distribution and before the second for your own hand; - Prediction probabilities for opponents' hands. Every section ends with suggestive examples and there is also a special chapter with a lot of relevant gaming situations presented along with the odds of their associated events. Among author's previously published books on mathematics of gambling, Draw Poker Odds seems to be the most practical one and that is because the author presents the results of applied probability in a gambling-behavioral manner that can influence the balance between the subjective strategies and the real odds in player's favor.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Apr 17, 2007
ISBN 9738752051 ISBN13 9789738752054
Reviews - What do customers think about DRAW POKER ODDS: The Mathematics of Classical Poker?
great book May 24, 2010
A great book about classical draw poker with pure mathematics interpretation of probabilities. Very practical for draw poker players ,but depends how many figure / data, formulas can a player memorize... The chapters: prediction probabilities for opponents hands and probabilities of someone to have a higher formation than yours are new interpretations of classical poker . I found this book to be a more elaborate continuation of an older book (also a good book) about draw poker , : "Le guide Marabout du poker" by Benjamin Hannuna edited by Marabout 1979 , Belgium. I recommend this book for draw poker players.
All the numbers you'll ever want Jul 26, 2009
I agree with most of what DB says. The book is essentially a collection of tables - lots of tables - showing the mind-numbing probabilities involved.
If you play draw poker you'll find answers to some of your questions here, and answers to many that you've never considered.
The problem remains, however, of how to simplify things sufficiently for rapid estimation of your odds under the pressure of having to make a decision while at the table. Barbianu provides little guidance in this area. Perhaps in the next book.
Heavy load of probabilities Aug 2, 2008
Any variation of poker is highly predisposed to probability-based decisions, including draw poker. This book covers completely the mathematics of this game. It is full of formulas and probabilities listed in tables, from where they can be picked according to the desired situation. It practically holds all the numerical returns of a software! Great job.