The Intelligent Poker Player
Authored by Philip Newall
Synopsis of The Intelligent Poker Player
As poker theory develops, the field is becoming more abstruse and mathematical; gradually becoming less accessible to the layperson. The Intelligent Poker Player by Philip Newall aims to reverse this trend by presenting a cohesive and sophisticated method of play in plain English. This approach in principle can be used to analyze any form of poker, although this book mainly shows applications in the popular forms of limit and no-limit hold ’em.
The Intelligent Poker Player is also the first book to discuss the emergent field of artificial poker intelligence — otherwise known as poker robots. The best computers are capable of playing heads-up limit hold ’em at a world class level, and this book deconstructs some interesting features of their play.
And finally, professional poker is a risky career choice. So in addition to the strategy chapters which include topics such as “Information Hiding,” “ Middle Game Concepts,” and “No-Limit Hold ’em: Applications and Extensions,” the author will show how to mitigate avoidable risks with topics such as “Bankroll Management and Shot Selection,” “Risk Preferences,” “Psychological Biases,” “Investing,” and “Predicting Future Poker Returns.”
Excerpts from The Intelligent Poker Player
Backwards induction is the method for solving finite sequential games of perfect information such as chess, go, or tic-tac-toe. Starting from the opening move, you draw a game tree — a diagram that represents each possible move a player can make as a single branch. more...
Poker would be a trivially easy game if every player’s holecards were face up on the table. Uncertainty about what hands other players are actually holding is what makes the game interesting and difficult to play well. more...