Essential Poker Math, Expanded Edition

Fundamental No-Limit Hold'em Mathematics You Need to Know
Narrated by: Joshua Alexander
Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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Poker math is a vitally important aspect to no-limit hold'em poker, but it's often overlooked or simply not used because many poker players fear it's too difficult to learn. I'm here to tell you it is not. In fact, fundamental poker math is very easy to learn. More importantly, it can yield you a lot more profits at the poker table.

In this book, I'll teach you how to use simple math at the poker table to gain a huge skill advantage over your opponents that'll allow you to win more and lose less. First, you'll be introduced to several fundamental overarching poker concepts that apply to poker math. Then we'll begin our journey into poker math where you'll learn about fundamental poker mathematics, including probabilities and odds, pot equity, pot odds, implied odds, the rule of two and four, expected value (EV), and much more. We'll then embark on a journey of learning about important pre-flop and post-flop poker mathematical concepts, such as pre-flop all-in situations, set-mining, steal attempts, three-bet bluffing, betting with the best hand, semi-bluffing all-in, bluffs and hero calls. Lastly, you'll learn how to perform basic and intermediate expected value calculations and utilize card combinations, better known as combinatorics.

Expanded edition includes:

  • New material with greatly expanded content and four new chapters
  • Over 70 carefully devised practice and example poker hands
  • Free enrollment into my eight-point-five hour essential poker math video training course

After listening to this book, you'll have mastered fundamental no-limit hold'em mathematics. You'll have gained a huge skill advantage over your opponents and will be able to effectively use math at the poker table to make profitable moves. Most importantly, you'll become a much better and profitable poker player!

Purchase this book today to start advancing your poker game with simple poker math. 

©2016 Alton Hardin (P)2019 Alton Hardin

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I am a Filthy casual...

I have never put much effort into being a better poker player it's just been entertainment for me kind of like playing golf or going to a movie. I played a tourney at a local card room for fun a few weeks back and made it to about 20th out of 40 players. After I was kicked I decided to learn a little more about the game so I could compete better I mean the people in the tourney were no different than me right? I Listened to this book twice on a long road trip, downloaded an app on my phone to do a little practicing and entered the same weekly tournament the very next week. I WON IT, granted I got some great draws but I was in them when I was supposed to be and out when I the odds were not in my favor. It was crazy playing the same exact players I had played the week earlier but this time I wasn't playing by feel I was actually processing and thinking on every hand. This book has forever changed the way I play poker, I'm better, with out a doubt, but it is also a lot more fun, the cards will always be subject to luck but I don't gamble anymore, I make educated decisions based on the probability not my gut. I highly recommend this book, it is straight forward no cryptic explanations that leave you wondering "wtf did he just say?" Great read well worth it.

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Great poker book - must read!

I actually bought this book a while back, but I have been too busy to read it. I was very excited to see the Audible version come out. If you're a busy person like me and don't have a lot of time to read a book, this is the perfect way to gain the essential poker math knowledge from this amazing book. It's a must read for any poker player, so if you don't have time to read, you need to get this audio version asap! You can listen to it very easily in so many situations such as when driving in your car, working around the house, getting ready for bed, etc.

And if you do have a chance, it's much easier to take notes while listening to the book instead of reading the actual book. Having said that, there are practice hands at the end of the chapters as well as some reference materials at the end of the book, so you can just go back through those instead of taking your own notes if you prefer.

I have played poker for many years, and as the book states, the game has evolved. The math has definitely changed, and this book does an outstanding job explaining how it all works now. These concepts are critical, so all poker players must read this book. If you don't have time, you must get the audio book because you will learn these critical concepts while doing other things, and the payoff is immediate (during your next poker game).

I really liked how each chapter touched on topics, later chapters explained each in detail, and then it was all put together showing the big picture. This allows the reader to ease in to each topic, learn the basics, and they when it's all brought togehter, it is very easy and smooth. These are the critical concepts you must learn today:

Pot odds
Implied odds
Equity
Expected Value
Rule of 2 and 4

I've read about and used some of these in the past, but this book makes all calculations so much easier and faster to do. And a lot of older books focus on limit games, and these concepts do not work the same as they do in no limit. I love the practice hands - they are so much better than example hands from other books. All other poker math books I have read get too complicated, and it makes me not want to read them. This one makes everything so simple, easy to understand, and easy to use.

I could go on and on. The bottom line is that you need this book, it is worth every penny, and you will quickly become a better poker player with long-term profitabiliity when you invest in this book. I've read other books by this authoer, and they are all very solid and worth the price. And with this book, you get a free enrollment in his Essential Poker Math course at MicroGrinder Poker School. Stop reading my review - go read this book and make more money in your game!

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Must have for poker players

This book is fundamental if you want to be a winning player. It breaks down the math in a way that is clear and easy to understand. After listening to this book you will be able to use math to maximize your expected value on each street. Thanks so much to the author for creating this much needed audio book.

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Your Poker Hand Equity Will Increase!

You don't need a degree in math for this audio book. It is well thought out and is accessible to all. Each section logically follows the other and develops on the previous section. Plenty of examples. Makes my drive into work much more palatable and playing at Foxwoods more lucrative. I highly recommend.

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This is an AMAZING poker book!

I've been playing poker on and off for years, but was lacking a solid understanding of all the math that goes into high level poker. Alton's book is perfect for learning poker math. He is able to explain concepts that I had 'learned' from multiple other sources in a way that really sunk in! And now with an audio book version of his book you don't even have to take your eyes off the poker table and stop playing to learn about poker!

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Excellent work on Poker Math!

This was one of the first books I read as I worked to bring my poker game to the next level! Alton does a great job in explaining Poker Math concepts and how to think about them. I was a bit disturbed by some of the reviews on the book that criticized the book for being too simplified. I think what those reviews missed is that Alton's topic is not expansive. He is not trying to tackle all of the other nuanced concepts in poker such as extensive game theory or hand reading skills etc. He is talking strictly about POKER MATH and how those concepts can help you understand whether you a playing a strategic game or if you are gambling. If you are interested in this aspect of the game of poker then this is the book for you!

Great Job Alton - I would love to see books that also address other aspects of poker as you have a nice way of explaining concepts very clearly!!!

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Useful information for all skill levels

I've been playing for a while but sadly never gave the math much thought. This book gave me a great fundamental foundation to build on. I've been playing for a few years now and my game has already improved. Especially valuable to me were the chapters on set mining (which I basically always did but learned in this book is often unprofitable), and 3-bet bluffing (which I never did but learned can often be profitable in some spots). All in all, Alton did a great job on this book and I look forward to listening to more from him in the future. Thank you.

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Perfect for Beginners!

Great intro to basic poker math. I was looking for something to brush up on the basics and this did the trick. Everything I wanted to learn in a clear, concise and to-the-point manner...talks about essential poker math and nothing else...just what I wanted. It's not an advanced poker math book, so if that is what you're looking for, look elsewhere, but if you want to brush up on the basic I highly recommend! Also, the included course is wonderful bonus!

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The Definitive Poker Math Course - Taught to You!

Alton's book by the same title is the one poker math course that is comprehensive, straightforward, well-laid out, detailed, and chock full of exercises with explanations of the answers. Poker math can be so confusing with the many calculation methods and different "comparisons" to make decisions. Alton cuts through all of that. You become proficient in utilizing poker math for DECISION MAKING - which is the whole point, right? No poker play is complete unless you incorporate the math. Alton always explains all the parameters in a decision, including the critical math component.

The Expanded edition comes alive in this Audible version - I feel that I am in class being taught 1 on 1. I can absorb the salient points while concentrating on the learning without flipping pages back and forth. It is surprising how easy it is to follow the calculations, results, and decision points. After all - while playing live or on-line you have to be "thinking", not running the calculator. Listening to the book starts you on that journey of doing the math in your head. I have studied his book twice three years apart and this audio version is helping me transition to a cerebral methodology.

Commuting, working around the house, reclining with a headset - all opportunities to multi-task with this Audible version to learn. Affording a very meaningful increase in study time.

The narrator is excellent - a hired professional with a strong voice, paced dictation, and appropriate inflections.

An extra Alton offers is his companion video course based on this book at no charge. Worth the price of admission itself.

I do replay sections as I also reread pages in the book - to properly apply poker math you are going to have to study to learn it. The sequential building of process is what turned the light bulb on for me in applying the math.

This course has a number of closing chapters that train you in a selection of frequent situations - such as "pre-flop all-ins" and "set mining". These are invaluable - I follow-up by filtering these situations in my hand database after hearing that section to "see" these in actual play hands. This brings the concepts to life as I previously faced them. I was surprised how many of these situations I had faced over a large hand sample.

In closing - I would like to reemphasize that while you learn the calculations Alton is incorporating that into your decision making pulling together all of the dimensions such as position, opponent player type, etc. Making your play robust - and for me, a feeling of being more in command.

I am very jealous of my training time - making it worthwhile and productive - you can't go wrong with Essential Poker Math delivered in this personal, enjoyable, and fun format.











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You definitely need prior knowledge

Do a good Google search on poker lingo before you dive in this title. I wish the author had made chapter two all about lingo so that a casual at a buddies house once a month player can easily grasp this knowledge without having to stop several times during the first few chapters to go reference something. Although this book does seem to reach out to experienced players looking to get better, it would do well to have a chapter referring and explaining lingo so novices can easily pick up this game knowledge from the examples aswell.

Other then absolutely needing prerequisite knowledge, this is a great title for what it's for.

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  • Gary Phillips
  • 12-23-19

Excellent coaching book

I have a number of Alton's poker books and was hoping that one might be converted into an audio book, so I was delighted to see this book available. I was not disappointed. Alton's books and video courses are excellent especially for poker newbies. This audio book is no exception; it is extremely well written and explains poker math concepts clearly and easily.
The narration is excellent too. The voice is clear and engaging.
I hope that Alton converts more of his fine coaching books into audio form.

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  • A. Failes
  • 12-22-19

Essential poker book

Alton Hardin has written a comprehensive and easy to understand book which teaches the core fundamentals of poker math that every player needs to become a winning player, or at the very least to improve their win rate.

I have both the written version and the audible book. The choice of narrator for the book is excellent. A pleasant voice that is clear and easy to understand.

The material covered in the book is comprehensive and it is probably the only book on poker math you will need for the microstakes up to small stakes. Like all of Alton's books, the concepts are clearly stated in easy to understand language and are structure logically to build upon each other. The math concepts are fully covered as are the reasons as to why they are important and how they will improve your game.

I highly recommend both the audiobook and the written version. As a bonus you will be able to enrol on his internet based poker math course, which is part of his larger microstakes poker school. I also highly recommend joining the poker school. It is excellent value for money.

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  • Karl
  • 12-10-19

A great book brought to life in audio form.

I purchased this book originally on Kindle and was really enjoying it whenever I had the time to pick it up, which wasn't often enough. Now the book is on Audible I have managed to finish it in a matter of days and would recommend it to anyone looking to get a better understanding of Poker Math and the game in general, a great book for all levels of knowledge.