One of the most daunting moments in a poker player s career occurs when he realizes his knowledge of how to play a specific hand well is incomplete without the additional understanding of how to play every other hand in his range well. This task would be impossible if a player had to actually think about every other hand in his range, but by understanding theoretical sound poker, he can quickly design balanced ranges using the proper bet-sizing while playing.
Applications of No-Limit Hold em teaches theoretical sound poker, and thus the ability to create the bet-sizings and ranges which will beat the better players. The theory in this book is not designed to be complex or abstract, but rather it s intended to be applied immediately producing better overall results.
Many confusing concepts such as overbetting, balancing multiple bet-sizing ranges, donk betting, and check-raising as the preflop raiser are crucial to a player s strategy despite few players implementing them or talking about them. And after reading this book, you should be able to not only conceptually understand these ideas, but also know how to begin incorporating them into your game, and thereby successfully compete against tough opponents.
seems mechanical but really very thoughtful
When you start it (or if you just read the sample), you might think it’ll be dull as dirt and will oversell what ends up being a mechanical, if rigorously generated, approach. Just the reverse. Extremely thoughtful work that’s always aware of the limits of a mathematical approach and of the mechanical herd mentality that dominates most supposedly theoretically “correct” play (and is really why certain players, who can think clearly for themselves, crush those games). Which is to say if you want to find out what math can and can’t do vis a vis poker, read this book. it won’t tell you what to do or try to prove to you (or even imply) that intuition and feel don’t matter; it will make some of your thinking dramatically more logical and consistent, and it will surprise you by, yes, proving that certain commonly accepted strategies are just plain dumb and wrong. It takes some patience to get through, but what’s not to like?