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Old 03-29-2017, 04:21 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone:

We've been making progress on our next book, No-Limit Hold ’em For Advanced Players; Emphasis on Tough Games by Matthew Janda. Our estimated publication date is June 20, 2017.




Here's the "Table of Contents."

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Table of Contents


About Matthew Janda v

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Part One: Understanding Key Terms 5
...Introduction 6
...Key Terms 8
......Understanding Equity vs Expected Value (EV) 8
......Linear, Condensed, and Polarized Ranges 9
......Robust vs Non-Robust Equity 12
......Mixed Strategies 14
...Questions and Answers 17

Part Two: Understanding Advanced Software and Mixed Strategies 9
...Introduction 20
...PokerSnowie 21
......Pros 21
......Cons 22
...PioSOLVER 24
......Pros 24
......Cons 25
...A Note About Bet Sizes 27
...A Note on Mixed Strategies 28
......Back to the Discussion 31
...Questions and Answers 35

Part Three: Why We Bet and Raise 37
...Introduction 38
...Getting a Conceptual Understanding 39
...Questions and Answers 47

Part Four: You Don’t Want Action 53
...Introduction 54
...When Should You Want Your Opponents to Fold Preflop? 55
...Questions and Answers 63

Part Five: Understanding Preflop Play 65
...Introduction 66
...A Quick Review 67
...Raising First In As the Button 69
...The Big Blind Calling and 3-Betting Range vs a Button Open 74
...Understanding Small Blind Play 82
...Calling An Open When on the Button 86
...Preflop Opening Ranges 95
...Designing 3-Betting Ranges 102
...Questions and Answers 107

Part Six: Your Bread and Butter — Playing Single Raised Pots In Position 109
...Introduction 110
...Playing Post-Flop as the Button 111
...Hand Examples 112
...Some Notes About Balance 120
...Questions and Answers 124

Part Seven: The Sweet Spot for Flop Raising 127
...Introduction 128
...Understanding High Variance Plays 129
...Questions and Answers 133

Part Eight: Turn Play and Overbets 137
...Introduction 138
...Some Background 140
...Hand Examples 145
...Questions and Answers 155

Part Nine: Conceptually Understanding Out of Position Play 157
...Introduction 158
...Clearing Up Some Confusion 159
...My Thought Process When Out of Position on the Flop 164
...Check-Raising the Turn or River With the Stronger Range 169
...Understanding Counter-Strategies 172
...Questions and Answers 177

Part Ten: Playing with Short Stacks Preflop 181
...Introduction 182
...Why Cash Game Players Should Care About Shallow Stack Depth 184
...Bet-Sizing Adjustments as the 3-Bettor 187
...Opening Frequencies Based on Stack Depth 194
...Defending Frequencies Based on Stack Depth 197
...Questions and Answers 203

Part Eleven: Post-Flop Play with Short Stacks 205
...Introduction 206
...Playing Short in Button vs Big Blind Situations 207
...Denying Your Opponents Equity While Realizing Ours 217
...Questions and Answers 228

Part Twelve: Concepts and Hand Examples for 100BB Stack Depth 231
...Introduction 232
...Argue Like a Politician 233
...Hand Examples 234

Part Thirteen: Going Forward 263
...Introduction 264
...Check for Contradictions in Your Thought Process 265
...Focus on Only a Few Concepts at Once 268
...Always Keep in Mind the Reasons for Betting and Raising 271
...Only Worry About the Best Line for this Street 273
...Overbets Aren’t Always that Much More Expensive 276
...If You Can’t Decide Whether to Bet or Check, Consider Betting Smaller 278
...Don’t Needlessly Worry About Being Exploited 279

Conclusion 283

Index 285

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Old 03-29-2017, 08:35 PM   #2
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Cool. We can all pick up a copy at the WSOP
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Hello,
Is this a tournement or cash game book?

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Old 03-30-2017, 11:31 AM   #4
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Hello,
Is this a tournement or cash game book?

Thanks
It's a really concept heavy book that illustrates concepts with a mixture of tourney (so small stack depth with antes) and cash game hands (100BB).

In my mind it's an update to Applications but it's a very different writing style. I don't think all readers will share this view and I'm sure they'll be some who liked Applications and don't like this one and (hopefully more) who like this one since it's much easier to read even if they didn't like Applications.

The main difference is a lot of stuff that had to be modeled before (some of which models in retrospect weren't as accurate of real world poker as we'd like) can now be analyzed more accurately with modern software (PokerSnowie, PioSolver). So there's very little math and almost no models in this book because for the most part that was already done before, and now we can just go "Let's look at how aggressively advanced software thinks we should be defending against a continuation bet on this board and how it thinks the EV changes based on if we bet 30%, 50%, or 70% with this specific hand." Then the interesting part is determining why a certain bet size is best or why certain boards have high continuation bet frequencies so you can extrapolate a few hand examples to many more spots.
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Thank you Matthew and Mason,

Would Applications be recommended reading prior to taking on this book or is this new book a complete new stand alone?
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It's a really concept heavy book that illustrates concepts with a mixture of tourney (so small stack depth with antes) and cash game hands (100BB).

In my mind it's an update to Applications but it's a very different writing style. I don't think all readers will share this view and I'm sure they'll be some who liked Applications and don't like this one and (hopefully more) who like this one since it's much easier to read even if they didn't like Applications.

The main difference is a lot of stuff that had to be modeled before (some of which models in retrospect weren't as accurate of real world poker as we'd like) can now be analyzed more accurately with modern software (PokerSnowie, PioSolver). So there's very little math and almost no models in this book because for the most part that was already done before, and now we can just go "Let's look at how aggressively advanced software thinks we should be defending against a continuation bet on this board and how it thinks the EV changes based on if we bet 30%, 50%, or 70% with this specific hand." Then the interesting part is determining why a certain bet size is best or why certain boards have high continuation bet frequencies so you can extrapolate a few hand examples to many more spots.
Thanks for your reply. I'll be picking the one up
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Old 03-30-2017, 06:38 PM   #7
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Thank you Matthew and Mason,

Would Applications be recommended reading prior to taking on this book or is this new book a complete new stand alone?
Stand alone.
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It's a really concept heavy book that illustrates concepts with a mixture of tourney (so small stack depth with antes) and cash game hands (100BB).

In my mind it's an update to Applications but it's a very different writing style. I don't think all readers will share this view and I'm sure they'll be some who liked Applications and don't like this one and (hopefully more) who like this one since it's much easier to read even if they didn't like Applications.

The main difference is a lot of stuff that had to be modeled before (some of which models in retrospect weren't as accurate of real world poker as we'd like) can now be analyzed more accurately with modern software (PokerSnowie, PioSolver). So there's very little math and almost no models in this book because for the most part that was already done before, and now we can just go "Let's look at how aggressively advanced software thinks we should be defending against a continuation bet on this board and how it thinks the EV changes based on if we bet 30%, 50%, or 70% with this specific hand." Then the interesting part is determining why a certain bet size is best or why certain boards have high continuation bet frequencies so you can extrapolate a few hand examples to many more spots.
In addition to having utilized PokerSnowie and/or PioSolver to examine the strategy discussed in the book, does the book do much in the way of explaining to the reader how to use PokerSnowie or PioSolver himself, assuming the reader doesn't know much about such programs?

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exciting!!!!!
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Old 04-08-2017, 02:07 PM   #10
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In addition to having utilized PokerSnowie and/or PioSolver to examine the strategy discussed in the book, does the book do much in the way of explaining to the reader how to use PokerSnowie or PioSolver himself, assuming the reader doesn't know much about such programs?

Thanks.
Short answer: The book does not attempt to teach the reader how to use the programs, though probably indirectly does teach the reader how to utilize these programs so you can get a lot out of them.

Long answer:

PokerSnowie is probably similar to flopzilla where someone like you would have no trouble understanding how to use most of its features almost immediately. There really isn't too much to explain.

PioSOLVER is harder to use and I don't know how to use all of its features, but it's still pretty easy to use. I think it's harder to interpret the results in a practical way than it is to use the software, since it recommends so many mixed strategies. Additionally there are videos on youtube by the creators which explain how to use the software much more clearly than a book could. Realistically if readers have questions and they post them in the book's thread, I'll probably try to answer them or link them for where to go to get a better explanation. But the best way to learn how to use the software is just to play around with it yourself for a couple hours while watching the youtube videos.
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Short answer: The book does not attempt to teach the reader how to use the programs, though probably indirectly does teach the reader how to utilize these programs so you can get a lot out of them.

Long answer:

PokerSnowie is probably similar to flopzilla where someone like you would have no trouble understanding how to use most of its features almost immediately. There really isn't too much to explain.

PioSOLVER is harder to use and I don't know how to use all of its features, but it's still pretty easy to use. I think it's harder to interpret the results in a practical way than it is to use the software, since it recommends so many mixed strategies. Additionally there are videos on youtube by the creators which explain how to use the software much more clearly than a book could. Realistically if readers have questions and they post them in the book's thread, I'll probably try to answer them or link them for where to go to get a better explanation. But the best way to learn how to use the software is just to play around with it yourself for a couple hours while watching the youtube videos.
Thanks.
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The book has just been sent to our index builder which means we're ahead of schedule.

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Matt please tell me this isn't largely based on how Poker Snowie plays?
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The book has just been sent to our index builder which means we're ahead of schedule.

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Awesome, keep up the great work
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auto-buying it! thanks for writing it matthew
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Matt please tell me this isn't largely based on how Poker Snowie plays?
It's similar to my videos where I mostly use PokerSnowie/PioSOLVER to back up concepts and examples I want to explain.

It mentions Snowie a lot, but definitely isn't just going through Snowie examples and writing about them or anything like that.
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It's a really concept heavy book that illustrates concepts with a mixture of tourney (so small stack depth with antes) and cash game hands (100BB).

In my mind it's an update to Applications but it's a very different writing style. I don't think all readers will share this view and I'm sure they'll be some who liked Applications and don't like this one and (hopefully more) who like this one since it's much easier to read even if they didn't like Applications.

The main difference is a lot of stuff that had to be modeled before (some of which models in retrospect weren't as accurate of real world poker as we'd like) can now be analyzed more accurately with modern software (PokerSnowie, PioSolver). So there's very little math and almost no models in this book because for the most part that was already done before, and now we can just go "Let's look at how aggressively advanced software thinks we should be defending against a continuation bet on this board and how it thinks the EV changes based on if we bet 30%, 50%, or 70% with this specific hand." Then the interesting part is determining why a certain bet size is best or why certain boards have high continuation bet frequencies so you can extrapolate a few hand examples to many more spots.
I'm liking the sound of this.
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I don't understand concepts, as one needs to apply them and I see only the specifics.
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Cover isn't anywhere good as it should be, seems a 1980 poker book
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Will this book be available in kindle format? Pre order on Amazon looks like paperback only.
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YES. Amazon won't let us put the kindle up until it is ready.

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I think that's what makes the cover great!
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Mathew,

Doug Polk says the solvers are recommending strategies that the worlds best poker playing computer Libratus was not using. Since the solvers were highly likely to not be as rigorous as Libratus how can we trust the output?

Applications let the reader intuitively solve situations and bet sizes based on theory, will this new book be similar in that regard or are we left to only to trust the solver output?
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