The Purpose of this book

This book is for anybody who is willing to think about the game of Limit Hold'em. Players with some experience and who are willing to think will be able to follow the book. If they have to think about the mechanics of the game, like most beginners do, then they will have a more difficult time understanding. If a reader has to think about whether the small blind acts before or after the big blind, then it will be tough to follow along.

The gist of the book is to give the reader the tools to succeed at Hold'em. The idea is to show the reader how to fish, not to give the reader a fish by simply telling them exactly how to act in each individual situation. Why would you want to buy a fish from a bookstore anyway?

This book will introduce the concept of expected value and how it pertains to Hold'em. Strategies will be shown to be correct or incorrect in different situations. Numerous examples are used to illustrate these concepts. Many questions in poker are answered with the phrase "It depends." This book will show how the best strategy in any particular situation will depend on how other players play, the size of the pot, the relative position of each player and other issues. A strategy may be correct against one type of player, but incorrect against another. A strategy may be correct in a certain position, but not in another. A strategy may be correct with a certain pot size, but incorrect when the pot size is different. This book will discuss the many moving parts and different aspects of Hold'em.

Mathematical concepts are discussed in this book, but everyone should be able to understand the concepts without completely understanding the mathematics behind them. These concepts are displayed in such a way that the reader who wants to examine the mathematics closely can do so. While the reader who would rather not muddle through it can still understand. This book shows how the understanding of the mathematical aspects of Hold'em by itself is not enough to make a player a winner. A player needs to understand how his opponents' play and how they will respond to his actions in order to use the concepts correctly. This skill is less of a science and more of an art. Any formula is only as good as its plugged-in variables. As the old phrase says, "garbage in, garbage out."

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