Originally Posted by lolepicfailimo
by Catalin Barboianu.
Has anybody read it? What games does it cover, only 5CD or also 2-7TD and others? only fixed limit games or also big bet games?
i appreciate any oppinions on the book.
From a mathematical point of view the book is great for every draw player interested in the mathematics of the game. But it is not a complete discussion. You have to complement it with "Winning poker systems", which has a few tables you just can't live without.
Barboianu is a wonderful writer and teacher. His book "Understanding and Calculating the Odds" is unique, and although it is just an introduction to probability theory, it's one of the best technical books I've ever read -- and I've read plenty of them. It has a long and detailed discussion on extremely important theoretical concepts, which you really have to understand before starting with numbers. This is in complete contrast with most books on the subject, which have too many formulas and too little brains.
"Draw Poker Odds" has a very small, but enlightening, theoretical introduction. However, the book is pure math and somewhat like the yellow pages of five card draw. The author wrote a very comprehensive book with all kinds of draws, some of them clearly useless (although for some reason he missed the classic "drawing one two trips"). But every time he talks about strategy, just forget about it. He is an absolute ignorant on 5CD strategy.
Anyway, the reader is free to pick up the useful parts and discard the rest.
If you decide to buy the book, I would appreciate your thoughts on it in this thread.