Weighing the Odds in Hold'em Poker by King Yao

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
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
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
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
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
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
Sportsbook Odds
Tricky Odds: X for Y
More Tables
Appendix D  Glossary