The Game Of Texas Hold’Em

Texas Hold’Em in a Cardroom

Texas Hold’Em Online

Winning poker

Tactics

Strategies

Putting It all together

Psychological Considerations

Where to go from here

Places to Play

Appendix I Hold’Em poker Variations

Appendix II Poker Tournaments

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE

  The intention of this book is to be both a beginning and a guide. Having read up to this point, you would be capable of holding your own in the typical low-limit Hold’em poker games found in public cardrooms and casinos. However, since Hold’em poker has been a rich, complex, and changing game, there would be much more to learn. A number of valuable books are available on Hold’em and poker in general.

  The strategic framework outlined in Chapter 6 was meant to direct both your approaches to playing poker and your understanding of further readings on poker. In the last section of the book you will find information on further reading and places to play. In preparing this book, Sid read extensively on poker and Hold’em poker. In Chapter 9, Sid has summarized books on Hold’em and books on poker, in general, that   have influenced him the most.

  A wealth of information is also available over the Web, much of which is free to Web-surfers. Sid has summarized the contents of some of the major Web sites devoted to poker. Updated links to further information is available on most of these Web sites. Of course, the real fun in poker wouldn’t be reading, it would be to play. Chapter 10 will have information on places to play, both in person and online.  The list will not be comprehensive and will only be as up-to-date as the publication of this   book, but it will show that playing opportunities are existent in several locations throughout   the country.

Books on Texas Hold’em

  The complete book of Hold’em online poker, by Gary Carson, Kensington Publishing is available  on http://www.kensingtonbooks.com (2001).

  This is a comprehensive book on Hold’em poker that would cover basic and advanced concepts. Carson has made an insightful argument that your theoretical perspective on poker must be  matched to the game conditions. He has articulated a total of eight theoretical views of poker. Two examples: ‘Poker has been a game of money and odds.’ ‘Poker has been a contest between a made hand and a drawing hand.’  He has argued that to be successful, your theoretical view of poker would have to be   matched to the game conditions. Sid has found this book to also contain one of the best discussions of starting hand values. The author has gone beyond the usual rankings of starting hands and has explained the impact of position on the value.

  In Carson’s theory, the value of a starting hand would depend on the game conditions and he   has provided an in-depth explanation of how the nature of the game (tight, loose, aggressive, passive) would affect the play of specific starting hands. Aside from his theories, Carson has had worthwhile insights on a number of poker aspects, such as table image, poker player stereotypes, Women and poker, cheating and at the end of the book, he has an extremely clear   explanation of the mathematics for calculating poker probabilities. Hold’em Excellence From Beginner to Winner, 2nd Edition, by Lou Krieger, ConJelCo,   http://www.conjelco.com (2000).  Lou Krieger has written lucid and entertaining prose that has been fun to read. Sid thinks that   it is no accident that Lou is also a co-author of the.

Poker for Dummies ®, which has been discussed separately in the next section on books on poker. The meat of Hold’em Excellence was Part II, which has been an extensive discussion of typical decisions that would have to be made in a hand at each stage. He has discussed the different types of starting hands (suited connectors, large, medium, and small pairs) and how the play of each has been affected by position. A presentation of the differing opinions on the play of Ace-King has been included.  Part III of the book has covered a variety of advanced topics, including computers in poker, strategic adjustments for jackpot games, and playing poker for a living.

  If you were to fantasize about playing poker professionally, this part of the book would snap you back to reality. Even if you were to be an excellent poker player, a pure mathematical analysis has shown that  poker would be a tough way to earn a living. Your current day job would probably be much more lucrative.