April 3, 2010 – 10:41 am | 7 Comments

I’ve compiled a short (just 7-pages) e-book, an introduction to the mathematics of poker. It’s basically covers how to calculate your expected value in a certain spot – starting with explaining what EV is, all …

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## Free E-book: Intro to the Math of Poker

Submitted by on April 3, 2010 – 10:41 am7 Comments

I’ve compiled a short (just 7-pages) e-book, an introduction to the mathematics of poker. It’s basically covers how to calculate your expected value in a certain spot – starting with explaining what EV is, all the way to the implied odds considerations.

It’s not the most definitive guide out there, but I hope it’s still useful for you guys. And if it is, I’d love it if you could stumble or digg it, or even just share it with your friends. You can stumble and digg it right from here:

Feel free to download it, use it for reference or share it with anyone you think would like it. Actually, feel free to make use of it however you want. It’s completely free for download.

• wellju says:

Sweet, looks pretty awesome.

Really a great roundup for the very beginner, explaining EV as simple as it can be.
In the “outs” section, I wouldn’t include, but at least mention that counting the odds has to be done with thought, because not every card that helps me improves my hand. It might hit the oppononent.

Now do the same, this time not explaining EV but Equity!

Am I allowed to hotlink that in my blog?

Regards

• derrickkwa says:

As for explaining equity…good suggestion. Will look into it. ðŸ˜‰ You wanna help me on it?

• michael says:

Derrick, a nice guide that I’ve recommended to one of my friends who’s new to the game. However it’s got some errors and needs to be proofread (many typos). Under the section “EV of calling,” your formulas for the two examples are identical, leaving the reader to wonder how in one he gets +\$54.84, and in the other -\$148. It’s because you’re multiplying .6129 by 0 in both instances.

• Derrick Kwa says:

Hey,

Thanks for recommending it. And yeah, thanks for pointing out the mistakes. =). I’ve corrected the calculation, and a few of the typos I’ve spotted.

Thanks again!

– Derrick

• Wannalearn says:

Very helpful and well written. Thank you Derrick, keep doing it ðŸ™‚

• samtam says:

Just found your blog via stumbleupon, I love it so far. Keep up the good work.

• RMTLPOKER says:

This is a great piece off work my friend.
Thanks for the free Poker Ebook. I shared it on my blog to my friend:)

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