Texas Hold’em Odds and Probabilities by Matthew Hilger
Even if you are not an experienced poker player, chances are that you have heard about Matthew Hilger. He is a very famous American professional poker player who owns a poker-related site. His professional career as an online poker player started in 2001 when he managed to make 100.000 dollars in just one year. After that, he managed to win a few tournaments and numerous single games. It’s worth mentioning that Matthew is a fan of different poker variations, but he is mostly focused on Texas Hold‘em.
In the last 10 years, Matthew Hilger has written three books and numerous articles for poker magazines and websites. Texas Hold’em Odds and Probabilities is a book that helped him establish himself as an authority in the world of poker books.
Texas Hold’em Odds and Probabilities by Matthew Hilger Review
There are many older books than Texas Hold’em Odds and Probabilities, but the best thing about this paperback book is that it uses the experience of other writings and delivers new and modified solutions. It gives the reader another perspective on this popular form of poker. Keep in mind that Matthew wrote this book when he was in his best form winning many tournament and ordinary games. This book was published in 2006 and contains tips and advice on Texas Hold’em on 255 pages.
Besides helping players how to calculate odds in this game, readers can find many other useful things like the mathematics behind the percentages and odds. As an educated professional poker player, it seems that Matthew managed to create a book that helps players learn poker on a more advanced level but in a simple language.
The entire book is divided into seven chapters where Hilger explains this complex topic into layman’s terms. If you read this book carefully, you will understand the basics of limit and no-limit Hold’em poker and more. Keep in mind that there are some tournament situations covered which means that this book is ideal for professional players too.
The first chapter of this useful book is focused on the calculations related to odds and probabilities just like the title says. In this chapter, you will figure out how to do basic math. It’s very likely that some of these things will remind you of your high school days, but it’s always good to repeat useful things. The next pages are dedicated to probability calculations and poker odds calculators. As previously mentioned, Matthew Hilger is explaining these things scientifically, but you won’t have a problem understanding how these things work. At the end of the chapter, there’s a summarization and a test that will help you determine what you have learned. In case you don’t pass the test, you should definitely read this chapter again. Don’t forget that the book is created for beginners, intermediate players and experienced players too. You can’t move up if you don’t master the first pages of this book.
Texas Hold’em Odds and Probabilities’ second chapter is highlighting the proper application of odds and probabilities in a game of Texas Hold’em poker. So, after the theoretical part, there’s a more practical part. What’s convenient is that the chapter starts with a few pages that explain the beginner’s concepts. Obviously, beginner players will benefit the most from this part, but it’s wise to read them if you are a relatively experienced poker player too. One of the most important parts of the book is found right after that – learning how to calculate odds. The author did an excellent job explaining this complex calculation. The concepts for beginner players are followed by drawing in Limit Hold’em, Calculating odds with two cards to come and raising draws for value. Obviously, these activities can be used by advanced players too and it all depends on the situation that they are in.
Once you are finished with this chapter, you will find helpful advanced concepts in the third chapter. Let’s point out again that you must be sure that you are familiar with the beginner’s concepts before you start reading this chapter. When it comes to advanced concepts, Matthew decided to share five proven concepts that have been used a lot in the recent period. These concepts include outs versus douts, implied pot odds, backdoor draws, drawing on the Internet versus live games, applying the odds and calculating odds. One of the main reasons why Texas Hold’em Odds and Probabilities is so popular is because even when it comes to complex subjects, Matthew Hilger has found a way to explain them easily and in a language that every player understands.
One of the biggest chapters (the fourth one) is dedicated to no-limit Hold’em. This is actually the part where Hilger provides details about the proper application of odds and probabilities in no-limit Hold’em poker. There is a wide array of situations that are explained in this chapter from all-in on the flop and drawing in no-limit hold’em to effective implied pot odds and facing random hands before the flop. Basically, you will get an advice on the most common situations in no-limit Hold’em.
The last three chapters include charts and stats. The first one focuses on the starting hands, the second is bout flops and the last one is about river. All of them include information about probabilities and odds. They are all designed well and you should not have any problems figuring out what they mean.
Texas Hold’em Odds and Probabilities, Limit, No-Limit and Tournament Strategies is a comprehensive guide that provides answers to various Texas Hold’em-related questions. Although mathematics is heavily involved in this casino game, Matthew Hilger shows the readers that you don’t have to be a mathematics genius in order to become a successful player. All it takes is to find out how to calculate odds accurately and find out more about the moves you have to make in specific situations in order to become successful in the long run. This is a very well written book that’s easy to understand.