King Yao explains how to play hold'em poker. Topics covered includes sizing up your opponents, counting "outs", figuring pot odds, the value of position, determining when to raise, call, or fold, bluffing, semi-bluffing, slowplaying, check-raising, regular games, shorthanded games, and playing poker on the Internet.
Below is the table of Contents for King Yao's Weighing the Odds in Hold'em Poker:
About the Author Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Introduction The Purpose of this Book Who This Book is For The Organization The Evolution of the Hold'em Player Terminology, Acronyms and Conventions Used in This Book Different Limits Chapter 2 Player Types Predictable Players Unpredictable Players Profiling Players Winning or Losing Can Make a Player Change Styles Distinctions Among Loose Players Playing Against Different Types of Loose Players Getting Into Your Opponent's Head Changing Your Play for Deception Playing the Players Game Selection Seat Selection Chapter 3 Expected Value Calculating EV EV Quiz and Answer Chapter 4 Outs Outs and Non-Outs Unknown Cards Counting Outs Terminology Thinking About Outs Identifying and Counting Outs Quiz: Counting Outs Chapter 5 Pot Odds Outs and Pot Odds Implied Pot Odds and Expected Pot Size The Mechanics of Counting the Pot DIPO: "Do I Have Pot Odds?" The Math Behind DIPO Examples and Issues of Using DIPO on the Turn Using DIPO on the Flop DIPO on Flop, DIPO on Turn, Two Different Decisions Myth: Never Draw to an Inside Straight When There is a Raise and More Than 1 Bet to Call Observing Other Players While Counting the Pot More on Pot Odds Quiz: Pot Odds Chapter 6 Position The Value of Position General Positions in a Full Game More on Position Chapter 7 Raising for Free Cards Counter-Strategies to the Free-Card Raise Key Points on Raising for a Free Card Straight Draw Free-Card Raises Overcard Free-Card Raises Raising into Multiple Opponents More Flush Draw Free-Card Game Theory Chapter 8 Bluffing Bluffing Against One Opponent Bluffing in Context of Recent Plays Bluffing Against Multiple Opponents How Often Should You Bluff? Inducing a Bluff To Bluff or To Induce a Bluff Calling a Bluff Chapter 9 Semi-Bluffing Break-Even Point of Semi-Bluffing Raising on the Turn for a Free Showdown After the Opponent's Semi-Bluff or Free-Card Draw Has Hit Chapter 10 Slowplaying and Check-Raising Slowplaying Check-Raising Semi-Bluff Check-Raising and Bluff Check-Raising Check-Raising in a Multiple-Player Pot Check-Raising in a Heads-Up Pot Defending Against a Check-Raise Chapter 11 Summary of Strategies Fancy Play Syndrome Chapter 12 Starting Hands Number of Hands: 1,326 or 169 The AQo Debate Starting Hands Can Change in Value Starting-Hand Actions Sunk Cost and the Blinds Playing the Blinds Stealing the Blinds Playing the Blinds: To Defend or Not to Defend Deceptive Pre-Flop Play Common Mistakes Made With Starting Hands Different Types of Starting Hands Chapter 13 The Flop Thinking on the Flop Betting on the Flop Playing AK on the Flop Kicker Issues Other Flop Issues Chapter 14 The Turn Thinking on the Turn Betting on the Turn Raising on the Turn for a Free Showdown Getting Raised on the Turn Bad Turn and River Cards Large Pots on the Turn Chapter 15 The River The River Paradox Thinking on the River: Heads-Up Thinking on the River: Multiple-Player Pots Chapter 16 Reading Hands Reading the Player Reading Hands on the Flop, the Turn and the River Reading Flushes and Flush Draws Reading Straights and Straight Draws Counter-Intuition Chapter 17 Shorthanded Limit Hold'em Introduction to Shorthanded Limit Hold'em Tables with Different Numbers of Players Playing the Players in Shorthanded Games Strategic Differences Chapter 18 Common Mistakes in Shorthanded Play Mistake #1: Playing Too Many Hands in the Wrong Spots Mistake #2: Trying Too Hard to be Unpredictable Mistake #3: Being Too Predictable Mistake #4: Folding Too Often Mistake #5: Being Too Passive in the Wrong Spots Mistake #6: Being Too Aggressive in the Wrong Spots Mistake #7: Not Using the Option of Calling and Checking Mistake #8: Calling to the River with A-High on a Tough Board Mistake #9: Pre-Flop: Calling When You Should Be Folding or Raising Mistake #10: Post-Flop: Calling Too Often Mistake #11: Frequently Calling Raises in the Small Blind Mistake #12: Not Adjusting to the Tempo and Mood of the Game Mistake #13: Playing Three-Handed Games Like Six-Handed Games Chapter 19 Online Poker Reasons to Play Poker on the Internet Getting Paid and Bonus Hunting Free Games Online Pitfalls of Playing Online Playing Multiple Games Simultaneously Stack Size and Pot Size Online Players Play More Aggressively Online Fluctuations are Higher Deception is Less Useful Taking Advantage of Online Technology Different Results at Different Sites Cheating, Collusion and Glitches Chapter 20 Extra Topics The Monty Hall Problem All-In Situations Getting Counterfeited Playing at Home and on the Road Tells, Feels and Vibes Mental Topics Appendix A Rules The Rules and Mechanics of Limit Hold'Em How a Hand is Made The Cards The Betting The Positions The Nut Hand The Nut Draw Appendix B Other Sources for Limit Hold'em Information Internet Sites Magazines Books Appendix C Probability and Odds Conversion Probability of Independent Events Probability of Related Events Probability of Dependent Events Probability of an Event Occurring with Two Chances Odds Sportsbook Odds Tricky Odds: X for Y More Tables Appendix D Glossary Index