Books on Poker Math

In the world of poker, a solid grasp of mathematics is a powerful weapon that can significantly enhance a player’s decision-making and overall performance. Recognizing the crucial role of math in poker, many renowned authors and experts have written comprehensive books dedicated to this subject. These authoritative resources dive deep into the mathematical concepts that form the bedrock of poker strategy, including probability theory, expected value, combinatorics, and game theory. By breaking down complex mathematical ideas into accessible and practical lessons, these books enable players to develop a robust understanding of poker math and its applications in real-world scenarios. Whether you’re a beginner seeking to establish a strong mathematical foundation or an experienced player looking to refine your analytical skills, these highly acclaimed books offer the insights and tools necessary to make sound, data-driven decisions at the poker table and gain a significant advantage over your opponents.

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    Geeking, Grifting, and Gambling Through Las Vegas

    By: David Sklansky
    Subtitle: Fifty Years of Exploits, Ideas, and Tell All Stories, From The Noted Poker Author

    A semi-autobiographical work that intertwines engaging stories, often involving well-known and sometimes unpleasant figures, with gambling insights and other advice. It presents a psychological self-portrait of a “math nerd” who, by confronting Las Vegas, overcame mild autism. This narrative is enriched by juicy anecdotes and a unique perspective, all by a writer who navigates through life’s challenges with a blend of mathematics and personal growth.


    Busting Vegas

    By: Ben Mezrich
    Subtitle: A True Story of Monumental Excess, Sex, Love, Violence, and Beating the Odds

    Semyon Dukach, a mathematical genius and high roller, gambled in casinos worldwide with a unique, unbeatable system, aiming to amass unimaginable wealth. Known as the Darling of Las Vegas, he and his MIT peers hit major gambling spots, including Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Monte Carlo, making millions. Despite facing threats, bans, and physical violence, they remained undeterred. Dukach’s story, Busting Vega$, is a thrilling tale of greed, excess, love, violence, and statistics, revealing the high-stakes world of casino gambling.


    Poker Genius

    By: Adam Cunningham
    Subtitle: 25 Tips For Beginners For Understanding Poker Math To Become A Strategic Expert

    A resource designed specifically for beginners who wish to delve into the side of poker. This book strives to empower readers to become players by offering 25 insightful tips that encompass a wide array of poker math concepts, such as probability, odds and expected value. Moreover it delves into aspects like poker theory and strategy equipping novices with a foundation, in the game and enhancing their decision making abilities at the poker table.

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    Poker Workbook for Math Geeks

    By: Doug Hull

    This book serves as an educational Sudoku for poker enthusiasts. It’s an ideal tool to sharpen your poker mental math skills on your way to Vegas. The book begins by teaching how to evaluate your hand’s worth against another. It then progresses to implied odds, and finally, to calculating your value against a range of hands. The book offers hundreds of exercises to make poker math automatic and intuitive. It provides estimation techniques and shortcuts for quick calculations at the table. The learning process is through repetition, with ample problems for practice.

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    The Science of Poker

    By: Dr. Mahmood N. Mahmood

    This revolutionary gambling book offers a comprehensive analysis of Limit and Pot-Limit Omaha, Texas Hold ’em, and Seven-Card Stud, as well as No-Limit Hold ’em. It provides a general discussion of the three primary skills of poker—”people, probabilities, and money”—and includes a detailed overview of starting-hand selection and simple methods for calculating probabilities relevant to these games. Additionally, the book features analyses of a hundred examples of the most common situations in “after the flop play” for Omaha and Hold ’em, and “beyond the fourth street” play for Seven-Card Stud.


    Weighing the Odds in Hold’em Poker

    By: King Yao

    King Yao explains how to play Hold’Em poker, covering topics such as sizing up your opponents, counting “outs,” figuring pot odds, and understanding the value of position. He also delves into determining when to raise, call, or fold, as well as strategies for bluffing, semi-bluffing, slowplaying, and check-raising. Additionally, Yao provides insights into regular games, shorthanded games, and playing poker on the Internet.

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    Poker Plays You Can Use

    By: Doug Hull

    The book is divided into two main parts. Initially, you’ll encounter a series of poker hand examples, designed to highlight the thought process difference between an average no-limit hold’em player and a professional. Each example offers a minor enhancement to your gameplay. The second part transforms the lessons from the first part into tasks. Regularly performing these tasks and applying your should enhance your poker skills.

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    Scoop! Big O and PLO8

    By: Greg Vail and Doug Hull
    Subtitle: Winning High Low Concepts for the Hold'em Mind

    This is a poker strategy book that focuses on teaching winning concepts and strategies for two popular poker games: Big O and Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo (PLO8). The book is designed for players who are familiar with Texas Hold’em but want to expand their skills and knowledge to these high-low split games. It covers topics such as hand selection, reading opponents, pot odds, and bluffing, as well as specific strategies for playing Big O and PLO8. The goal of the book is to help Hold’em players transition to these games and improve their overall poker skills.


    The Basics of Winning Caribbean Stud Poker and Let It Ride

    By: J. Edward Allen

    The Basics of Winning Caribbean Stud Poker and Let It Ride provides an introduction to the rules, strategies, and techniques for playing and winning at Caribbean Stud Poker and Let It Ride, two popular casino card games. The book aims to help readers understand the basics of these games, improve their skills, and increase their chances of winning. It covers topics such as game rules, betting strategies, odds, and tips for playing in a casino environment. The book is designed for both beginners and experienced players who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in these games.

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    Essential Poker Math, Expanded Edition

    By: Alton Hardin
    Subtitle: Fundamental No-Limit Hold'em Mathematics You Need to Know

    The journey into poker mathematics begins by introducing you to several key overarching concepts that are fundamental to understanding the math behind poker. Following this introduction, we’ll explore the world of poker mathematics, covering essential topics such as probabilities and odds, pot equity, pot odds, implied odds, the Rule of 2 and 4, expected value, and much more. Our exploration will then extend to crucial mathematical concepts in pre-flop and post-flop play, including all-in situations, set-mining, steal attempts, 3-bet bluffing, betting with the best hand, semi-bluffing all-in, bluffs, and hero calls. Finally, you’ll learn how to carry out basic and intermediate calculations of expected value and how to utilize card combinations, also known as combinatorics.


    Poker Math

    By: James Chesterton
    Subtitle: Simple and Basic Poker Math To Help You Crush The Competition, Pile Up Money And Feel Like A Professional Poker Player

    Whether you’re just starting out in poker or have been playing for some time, this book is designed to elevate your game through the application of poker math. It’s written in clear, easy-to-understand language, focusing solely on enhancing your poker skills without any unnecessary filler. By using poker math, you can advance to the next level, regardless of your current experience. The key topics covered in this book include tracking pot sizes, selecting hands that are profitable, counting your outs, and calculating odds.

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    The Video Poker Answer Book

    By: John Grochowski

    John Grochowski provides straightforward insights in this book on the functioning of machines and optimal strategies for tackling modern variations of this casino staple. It addresses over 300 questions. How can a player identify a high-paying machine? What impact do bonuses on certain infrequent hands have on strategy? Does the optimal playing method vary on new machines that allow the customer to play three, four, five, 10, or even 50 hands simultaneously?

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    The Math of Hold’em

    By: Collin Moshman

    This book aims to enhance your poker skills by teaching practical math knowledge essential for winning big at holdem. It will help you make quick, accurate mathematical decisions, giving you an edge over other players. The authors, both Mathematics graduates from Caltech, use their expertise in math, poker, and coaching to present key hold em math concepts. You’ll learn to understand probabilities, count hand combinations, master expected value calculations, play optimally with game theory, and more. Whether you play cash games or tournaments, high-stakes or low-stakes, online or live poker, The Math of Holdem will give you the edge you need.


    Practical Poker Math

    By: Pat Dittmar
    Subtitle: Basic Odds & Probabilities for Hold'em & Omaha
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    The Habits of Winning Poker Players

    By: Ashton Cartwright

    Poker’s global popularity has surged, attracting many to the thrill and potential winnings. However, consistent success in poker is not random. Top players often share certain habits that give them an edge. These habits, which can be learned by anyone, provide a deeper understanding of the game and a significant advantage over opponents. Success in poker requires continuous improvement and understanding of various strategies, poker math, bluffing, and reading poker tells. This book aims to guide you in enhancing your poker skills.

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    Poker Odds Made Easy

    By: I.H. Richmond
    Subtitle: Poker Math Made Easy

    Poker Odds Made Easy by I.H. Richmond aims to simplify the complex mathematical concepts and calculations involved in poker. It provides readers with an easy-to-understand guide to calculating poker odds and probabilities, helping them make better decisions at the poker table. The book covers various aspects of poker math, including pot odds, implied odds, expected value, and hand probabilities. It is designed for both beginners and experienced players who want to improve their understanding of the mathematical side of poker and gain an edge over their opponents.

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    Essential Poker Math

    By: Alton Hardin
    Subtitle: Fundamental No Limit Hold'em Mathematics You Need To Know

    This book reveals that the fear of poker math being too difficult to learn is unfounded. In reality, mastering the fundamental math of No Limit Holdem poker is not only straightforward but also crucial for those looking to increase their profits at the poker table. By not applying basic math, players essentially reduce the game to mere guesswork. This book will teach you how to use simple arithmetic to significantly enhance your skill advantage over your opponents, helping you to win more and lose less. Poker players who ignore math are just guessing, but after reading this book, you’ll be equipped to make the correct mathematical decisions during the game. These simple mathematical concepts are vital for anyone looking to improve their poker game.

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    Beating the Odds

    By: John Schroeder
    Subtitle: Poker Strategies for Leading Projects and Winning at Work

    Poker and business share common elements: people focus, complexity management, and the bravery to make tough choices. Success doesn’t come with a guaranteed recipe. “Beating the Odds” presents seven key strategies for success, using relatable poker situations. These strategies are as relevant in the office as they are during a poker game. The seven strategies that distinguish winners from losers are: decision-making driven by specific outcomes, adaptable game plans, dedicated resources, professional focus, not being distracted by the cards, discipline, and courage for long-term success. To apply these strategies to your business, first establish your desired outcomes and allocate the necessary plans, resources, and time. Then, play like a professional: focus on people, maintain discipline, and have the courage to overcome challenges. “Beating the Odds” demonstrates how to use these strategies to consistently perform well at work, and possibly improve your poker game.

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    The Greatest Book of Poker for Winners!

    By: George Epstein

    “The Greatest Book of Poker for Winners!” by George Epstein is a comprehensive guide to poker, aimed at helping players improve their skills and become consistent winners. The book covers various aspects of poker, including the basics of the game, strategies, tactics, and the psychology of poker. It also provides tips on reading opponents, managing your bankroll, and making the most of your opportunities at the table. The author, George Epstein, is an experienced poker player and writer, and he shares his knowledge and insights to help readers become successful poker players.

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    Poker Nation

    By: Andy Bellin
    Subtitle: A High-Stakes, Low-Life Adventure into the Heart of a Gambling Country

    Poker Nation is a captivating journey into the world of competitive poker, exploring the obsession, addiction, and the mathematics behind the game. The book takes readers from basement games to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It offers insights into card counting, reading player’s body language, and handling losses. Bellin’s vivid descriptions of the diverse players and behind-the-scenes action in illegal poker clubs keep readers engaged. The book also provides valuable tips on playing Texas Hold’em, the preferred game for high-stake players.


    The Complete Book Of Hold’Em Poker

    By: Gary Carson
    Subtitle: A Comprehensive Guide to Playing and Winning

    The Complete Book of Hold ‘Em Poker: A Comprehensive Guide to Playing and Winning provides an in-depth analysis of Texas Hold ‘Em poker. The book covers various aspects of the game, including rules, strategies, odds, and psychology, to help players improve their skills and increase their chances of winning. The book is designed for players of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced players, and offers valuable insights and tips on how to play and win at Texas Hold ‘Em. It covers topics such as hand selection, betting strategies, bluffing, reading opponents, and managing your bankroll. The book also includes examples and real-life scenarios to illustrate key concepts and strategies, making it an essential resource for anyone looking to improve their poker game.

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    Mastering Poker Math

    By: Chuck Clayton
    Subtitle: Become a Feared Shark in Texas No-Limit Hold'em

    Mastering Poker Math Volume 1 is designed to give you a competitive edge in tournament poker by teaching you the math of Texas No-Limit Hold’em and how to integrate it with your other skills. The book is divided into four sections and twenty-one chapters, covering topics like decision making, probabilities, equity, betting, chip management, bluffing, and game theory. It aims to help you become a new breed of poker player, capable of excelling in today’s tough competition.

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    The Making of a Poker Player

    By: Matt Matros
    Subtitle: How an Ivy League Math Geek Learned to Play Championship Poker

    The author secured the third position in the 2004 World Poker Tour Championship, bagging a prize of $706,903. The book includes a chapter detailing the author’s experiences during this championship. The 2004 WPT Championship game, in which the author participated, was broadcasted on the Travel Channel. The foreword of the book is penned by Ben McGrath, a writer for The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town.” The book, featuring first-person card-playing narratives, is expected to attract readers of popular books like Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich, Poker Nation by Andy Bellin, and Positively Fifth Street by James McManus. According to the New York Times, 60-80 million Americans play poker and over 2 million people tune in to watch weekly poker television shows such as the World Series of Poker.


    Victory at Video Poker

    By: Frank Scoblete

    Video poker and various other video games are rapidly expanding in popularity within casinos. Many of these games offer an enjoyable mix of luck and strategy, which can potentially lead to sustained victories, provided you understand which machines to choose and the best way to play them.

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    Texas Hold’em Odds

    By: Catalin Barboianu
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    Omaha High-Low

    By: Bill Boston
    Subtitle: Play to Win With The Odds

    This guide to the trending poker game, Omaha high-low, is the only one providing reliable data on all 5,211 possible hands. It uniquely illustrates the odds of each of the 5,278 hands winning the high, low end of the pot, and the frequency of scooping all chips.

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    The Mathematics of Poker

    By: Bill Chen, Jerrod Ankenman

    Traditional poker players used to rely on intuition and reading opponents’ tells. Over the last decades, a new breed of poker players has emerged, challenging old assumptions and utilizing computer science and mathematics to gain an edge. This book aims to introduce quantitative techniques and game theory as applied to poker, making seemingly complex mathematical concepts accessible to players without an extensive math background.


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