Item description for Texas Hold'em Odds by Catalin Barboianu...
Odds are part of any gambling strategy and Texas Holdem Poker is highly predisposed to probability-based decisions. The book presents the mathematics involved in card distributions in Texas Holdem and provides a precise account of the odds associated with all gaming events. The author is a recognized authority on casino mathematics. He is member of applied mathematics societies and has published numerous articles in leading academic and gaming industry as well as applied mathematics journals. He is also author of "Probability Guide of Gambling" book. No formal background in mathematics is necessary for reading this book, although comfort with some probability and set theory notions is helpful. In most cases, you'll need some college math to follow the formulas here, but this is not a requirement, because the numerical results are collected in tables at the end of each section. The work is packed with formulas, algorithms and tables. Its primary goal is to allow the reader to quickly find the odds for own hand and for opponents hand, in order to improve his/her betting decisions. Every type of card distribution is tabulated in a logical, consistent, and comprehensive manner. The complete methodology and all the calculations are shown, so it teaches the player how to calculate probability for any situation for every stage of the game, even for other card games. You will find here the real odds, returned by precise mathematical formulas and not by partial simulations that most software uses. The book contains much new and original material that has not been done previously and provides a full coverage of Holdem odds: - Immediate odds (pre-flop odds, flop odds, turn odds, river odds, odds of improving specific hands); - Long-shot odds (odds of achieving specific card formations by river) for own hand, in after-flop and after-turn stages; - Long-shot odds for opponents hand (odds for one and at least one of your opponents to achieve specific card formations by river), in after-flop, after-turn and after-river stages; - Other odds. Concrete examples of calculations and usage of tables are attached to each section. A special chapter of examples is included for a good understanding of how to count and compare the odds for expected own card formations and the odds of possible higher formations of opponents. Such information is a must for any Holdem player, either beginner or advanced and this book is a trusted and professional source.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 11.25" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2004
ISBN 9730036896 ISBN13 9789730036893
Reviews - What do customers think about Texas Hold'em Odds?
Pretty much useless Oct 25, 2007
This is a very messy book that is very hard to follow. I can't imagine that the information in here will be of any use to any poker player at all! Maybe a poker software developer could use some formulas from it but I pretty much doubt that anyone would want to work with this book anyway. The book is actually organized but the layout, language and information in it is so bad put together that you probably will give up before you find what you are looking for anyway. This is by far the worst poker odds book I've read.
Not All That Useful Mar 19, 2007
This book is all about the math. There is no strategy discussion, and it is ridiculous to think you that you would memorize all the information in this book. If you are interested in how odds are calculated, you might find this interesting. Otherwise, I am not sure what you will get from it.
noooooo strategy, just huge equations!!!!!!! Sep 3, 2006
there are only very long equations and nothing else! buy this book only if u r interested in the exact prbabilities.
2 out of 5 Mar 26, 2006
This book makes calculating odds more difficult than it has to be. I gave it a 2 out of 5 because of the extra confussion but it has nice tables. Unfortunately you can find similar tables with the same effect on the internet.
Interesting and stimulating Feb 7, 2006
OK, you've read the other reviews and some say the maths is beyond them. Don't let this put you off! I bought it, opened it and thought 'oops, what have I bought here!?'. Anyway - its been years since I've done any statistics or probability but after looking up a few basic principles on the net it bought this book to life. So I recommend it even if you may have to put a hour or 2 of revision in! It has improved my analysis and understanding of the maths involved with the game (and makes you realise even more how bad that last beat was!!).