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Old 02-12-2013, 12:59 AM   #1
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TOC for Applications of No-Limit Hold 'em Now in stock and shipping

Hi Everyone:

For those who are interested in exactly what Applications of No-Limit Hold ’em; A Guide to Understanding Theoretical Sound Poker by Matthew Janda is about, here's the table of contents. We expect the book to be over 500 pages.

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A Note from Two Plus Two

About Matthew Janda

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part One: The Basics
...Introduction
...Calculating Pot Odds
...Understanding Equity
......Retaining Equity Against Strong Ranges
......Hand Signaling” To See Additional Cards
......Hand Equity Distribution on Different Board Textures
...Comparing Equity To Expected Value
...Hands Cannot Simply Be Ranked From Strongest To Weakest
...Understanding Polarized and Condensed Ranges
...Making Our Opponent Indifferent to Calling on the River
...The Grey Area Between Value Betting and Bluffing
...Making Our Opponent Indifferent to Bluffing
...An Optimal Player Always Takes the Most +EV Line
...Large Bets Make the Opponent Put More Money Into the Pot
...The Value of Position
...Summary

Part Two: Pre-Flop Play
...Introduction
...3-Betting, 4-Betting, and 5-Betting Frequencies
...Pre-flop Raise First In Ranges
...Maximum 3-Betting Ranges
...The Expected Value of 4-Betting or Folding Against
......Opponents Who Don’t Flat 4-Bets
...Flatting 3-Bets and 4-Bets
...Examining Complex Ranges — Defending Enough Against
......Opens
...Examining Complex Ranges — Designing Defending Ranges To
......Maximizing EV
...Examining Complex Ranges — Balance
...Examining Complex Ranges — Board Texture Frequencies
...Understanding Complex Ranges — Defending Enough Against 3-Bets
...Understanding Complex Ranges — Defending Against 4-Bets
...Recommended Hand Chart
...Summary

Part Three: Post-flop Bet Sizing
...Introduction
...Post-Flop Bet Sizing at a Glance
...Summary

Part Four: Facing a Flop Bet in Position
...Introduction
...Defending By Calling
...Defending by Raising — The Value to Bluff Raising Ratio on the Flop
...Increased Complications in the Bluffing to Value Raising Ratio
...Required Hand Strength To Value Raise A Made Hand
...Delaying a Raise on a Dry Board
...Delaying a Raise on a Wet Flop
...Facing a Flop 3-Bet
...Defending By Both Calling and Raising
...Example of Balancing A Defending Range on the Flop
...Summary

Part Five: Whether to Bet Or Check in Position
...Introduction
...The Value Betting to Bluffing Ratio for 3 Streets of Value
...The Value Betting to Bluffing Ratio for Less than Streets of Value
...Required Hand Strength To Value Bet the Flop
...Deciding Which Streets to Value Bet
...Bluffing with the Right Hands on the Flop
...Checking Back with a Strong Hand
...Facing a Flop Check-Raise
...Thought Process for Deciding Whether to Bet or Check in Position
...Example of Balancing a Flop Bet In Position
...Summary

Part Six: Out of Position Flop Play
...Introduction
...The Mental Block of Betting as the Pre-Flop Raiser
......Flop Range Analysis
...Assessing How Valuable Position is on the Flop
...The Out of Position Value Betting to Bluffing Ratio
...When Should Betting with Any Two Cards be Profitable?
...How Profitable Should Our Opponent’s Bluffs Be in Position on the Flop?
...Whether to Bet or Check Very Strong Hands on the Flop When Out of ......Position
...Deciding Whether to Check-Call or Check-Raise
...The Difficulties of Check-Raising Certain Flop Textures
...The Difficulties of Check-Calling Vulnerable Hands
...Donk Betting from the Blinds
...Understanding the Major Parameters of Flop Play
...Example of Balancing a Range Out of Position on the Flop
...Summary

Part Seven: 3-Bet Pots on the Flop
...Introduction
...Bet Sizing as the 3-Bettor
...Defending Against Flop Bets in 3-Bet Pots by Calling
...Defending Against Flop Bets in 3-Bet Pots by Raising
...Facing a Flop Check as the Cold Caller in Position
...Summary

Part Eight: Playing the Turn in Position
...Introduction
...Raising a Turn Bet After Calling the Flop
...Raising a Turn Bet After the Flop Was Checked Through
...Putting Hands in the Right Ranges on the Turn in Position
......Facing a Turn Bet After Calling the Flop
......Facing a Turn Check After Calling the Flop
......Facing a Turn Check as the Flop Bettor
......Facing a Turn Check After Checking Back the Flop
......Facing a Turn Bet After Calling a Flop Check-Raise
......Facing a Turn Check After Calling a Flop Check-Raise
...Example of Balancing A Defending Range on the Turn
...Summary

Part Nine: Playing the Turn Out of Position
...Introduction
...Playing the Turn as the Flop Bettor
...Playing Draws Out of Position On the Turn
...Playing the Turn after Betting the Flop
......Following a Flop Bet by Betting the Turn
......Following a Flop Bet by Check-Calling the Turn
......Following a Flop Bet by Check-Raising the Turn
...Playing the Turn after Check-Calling the Flop
......Following a Flop Check-Call by Check-Calling the Turn
......Following a Flop Check-Call by Check-Raising the Turn
......Following a Flop Check-Call by Donk Betting the Turn
...Summary

Part Ten: 3-Bet Pots on the Turn
...Introduction
...Double Barreling in a 3-Bet Pot
...Playing the Turn Out of Position After the Flop Checks Through
...Facing a Turn Bet in Position After Calling a Flop Bet
...Facing a Turn Check In Position After Calling a Flop Bet
...Summary

Part Eleven: River Play
...Introduction
...Comparing In Position and Out of Position River Jams
...Value Betting When Raises are Possible
...Pinpointing the Optimal River Bet Size
...Utilizing Removal Effects
...Turning Made Hands Into Bluffs in Position
...Overbetting the River
...Summary

Part Twelve: Multiway Pots
...Introduction
...Hand Strength on the Flop
...Bluff Catchers in Multiway Pots
...Speculative Pre-Flop Hands
...Deciding Who is Responsible for Defending
...Summary

Part Thirteen: Shallow and Deep Stack Play
...Introduction
...Flop Value Betting Frequencies with a Perfectly Polarized Range
...Shallow Stack Play at a Glance
...Deep Stack Play at a Glance
...Summary

Part Fourteen: Advanced Bet Sizing
...Introduction
...Using Bet Sizing to Check for Contradicting Thoughts
...Bet Sizing Examples
...Summary

Part Fifteen: Applying Theory to Analyze Hands
...Introduction
...Facing Bets in Position Revisited
...Betting When Out of Position Revisited
...Summary

Part Sixteen: Sample Hands
...Introduction
...Sample Hands

Conclusion

Index

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Old 02-12-2013, 01:48 AM   #2
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this should be pretty insane (in a good way)
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:36 AM   #3
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FWIW, I do not have the foreword from Ben yet and don't plan to count my chickens before they hatch. But if all goes well he should be writing the foreword, and at the very least I was fortunate enough to get to discuss a good deal of theory with him while working on the project.
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:39 PM   #5
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this should be pretty insane (in a good way)
I'll say. This looks like it will be full of win! 500 pages? Colour me excited!
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:50 PM   #6
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:30 PM   #7
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:08 PM   #8
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Release date?
Two to three months is my best guess. Part of why it takes so long is that once finished, we sent the manuscript to an index builder and that can easily be a month to get it completed.

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Old 02-13-2013, 02:42 AM   #9
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This sounds so awesome, haven't been this excited about a poker book for years!
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:15 AM   #10
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It starts up with calculating Pot Odds then dives into 3 / 4 / 5 betting? Why did this happen?

With that said, the book likes like it'll be awesome.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:59 AM   #11
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I still don't get what NLHE is applied to...
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:06 PM   #12
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I still don't get what NLHE is applied to...
theory dictates that this is the title
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:00 PM   #13
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I still don't get what NLHE is applied to...
Yeah, that's one of a couple problems with the title. Could improve/correct it by making it Applications of No-Limit Hold 'em Theory; A Guide to Understanding Theoretically Sound Poker. No reason to have two errors in the title of what could be a great book.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:48 PM   #14
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I still don't get what NLHE is applied to...
Since the title is "Applications of No-Limit Hold 'em," it's referring to the fact that their are many different theoretical concepts which must be applied to the game. Put differently, the word "applications" is plural since many different applications exist. It's not saying NLHE itself is applied to something, as would be the case if the title were "The Application of No-Limit Hold 'em."

It's a small difference, and I cansee how it can be confusing, but I think it's correct as is and at the very least gets the point across for what you can expect to see in the book.

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Yeah, that's one of a couple problems with the title. Could improve/correct it by making it Applications of No-Limit Hold 'em Theory; A Guide to Understanding Theoretically Sound Poker. No reason to have two errors in the title of what could be a great book.
I'm no wordsmith, but I had a title and subtitle pretty close to what you have recommended. The problems were as follows:

1. While it looks short now, it actually gets pretty long and cluttered on the cover of a book.

2. I think it may not be grammatically correct as is, as it maybe should be "The application of No-Limit Hold 'em Theory" since now we're talking about applying the theory itself.

Again, this isn't my area of expertise, so it's possible I'm wrong and that's the whole reason why I trust Mason and 2+2's judgement.
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I'm not convinced, but you're the native speaker I suppose. Anyway, the important stuff is the contents.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:15 PM   #16
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It starts up with calculating Pot Odds then dives into 3 / 4 / 5 betting? Why did this happen?

With that said, the book likes like it'll be awesome.
There's a lot of stuff in between pot odds and 3/4/5 betting. All of Part One is between it.

This book was particularly difficult to write because it's tough to discuss specific concepts with hand examples before all concepts have been introduced. In other words, if I discuss river play last, I get to use all the theory we've previously discussed when analyzing a river situation. But if I discuss river play first, I have to pick my words very carefully or ignore certain aspects of the hand because those concepts haven't yet been addressed.

One possibility would be to explain all the theory concepts first and not discuss situations street by street, but examples are critical for understanding theoretical concepts. I think we did a great job of using examples consistently throughout the book, which makes it both easier and more enjoyable to read. So this required us to start somewhere first, and ultimately I thought pre-flop was best since this way ranges wouldn't appear to come from out of nowhere (as they would if we started with river play first).

This method also prevents the reader from becoming overwhelmed, which is something that's pretty easy to do if concepts are discussed too quickly without examples. A lot of good but not great players play the way they do because their strategy is so much easier to implement than a more complex (but better) strategy, so it's important for the book to slowly guide the reader rather than throw too much difficult content at him (or her!) at once.

Lastly, Part 16 is quite long with many detailed hand examples. And as viewers who watch my videos from CardRunners know, when I say "detailed" I mean detailed. So, at this point all theory from the book is fair game and I discuss what I think each player should do with their entire range at every point in the hand. This isn't just where I show a few examples of where to apply concepts from earlier, as that already happened when the concept was first being introduced. Thus a large portion of the book will be implementing all the theory previously discussed at once rather than just a single isolated concept.
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in all honesty, why would you ever want to publish a book that can easily kill poker? Isn't poker hard enough already?
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in all honesty, why would you ever want to publish a book that can easily kill poker? Isn't poker hard enough already?
To make money as an author??
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in all honesty, why would you ever want to publish a book that can easily kill poker? Isn't poker hard enough already?
You could have PM'ed that
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in all honesty, why would you ever want to publish a book that can easily kill poker? Isn't poker hard enough already?
Its really hard to make money on PokerStars from the united states.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:50 AM   #22
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in all honesty, why would you ever want to publish a book that can easily kill poker? Isn't poker hard enough already?
I don't even think it's possible for a book which can do this to exist (and if it is possible, it's almost certainly not my book and is a lot longer than 500 pages).

One of the reasons I'm really excited about this project is I think it will put statements like this to rest. The idea that it's possible to publish information that can kill the games implies (to me at least) there are all these secrets and once people know them the games will be dead, but that's not how things actually work. Since online poker is so new, I think it’s best to illustrate this point with a clearer example.

I'm studying for the MCAT right now (Medical College Admission Test), and all the information to do well on the test is available to everyone. Most of it is at a really low cost (honestly, probably the BEST stuff is actually low cost, around $100 total if you buy new) despite the fact that many companies charge thousands of dollars for test prep. People falsely assume companies that charge more are better and have "test taking strategies” which supposedly allow you to do well on the physics section without actually knowing physics.

Despite all that information being available, the average score is still a 25 out of 45. The people who are smarter and work harder than average will do better than average. Yet most people don't do very well, and most don't get into medical school. Simply having access to information doesn't make you awesome at taking the MCAT (in other words, you won't suddenly know physics, chemistry, organic chemistry, and biology very well), just like having access to a textbook doesn't mean you ace the class.

This is how it works for any competitive game or class. Getting good takes a lot of hard work. This book will just be one of the many tools available to help you get better, just like Flopzilla/Cardrunners EV/all other good books and videos.
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idea of the price ?
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Is the chapter on making villain indifferent to calling the river going to discuss it from a street by street range construction perspective?
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:54 PM   #25
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Is the chapter on making villain indifferent to calling the river going to discuss it from a street by street range construction perspective?
The book is designed to discuss pre-flop, then flop, then turn, then river play so you can get comfortable with how the ranges look. So by the time we discuss river spots you'll be pretty comfortable with what the ranges look like.
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