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The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide

The professionals of Full Tilt Poker include the best and most famous poker players in the world. These legends has banded together to create the instant classic of the genre and for sure the industry standard

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The Theory of Poker

Many of today’s top poker players will tell you that this is the book that really made a difference in their play. That is, these are the ideas that separate the experts from the typical players. Those who read and study this book will literally leave behind those who don’t, and most serious players wear the covers off their copies. This is the best book ever written on poker.

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A Course in Power Poker

This is the classic book on every major no-limit game played today and is considered by the pros to be one of the best books ever written on poker! Jam-packed with advanced strategies, theories, tactics and money-making techniques - no serious poker player can afford to be without this essential book!

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To War or Not to War

When you’re involved in a game of casino war there’s only one decision you need to make that can drastically alter the fortunes of your finances. Of course, the amount you bet and whether you make a tie bet are important decisions, but they pale in significance to the choice you have to make when you’re asked whether or not you want to go to war.

If your opening card ties with that of the dealer you’ll be forced into a situation where you either have to surrender half your opening stake and quit the hand. Or you’ll be asked to match your opening bet and go to war with the dealer in another highest card wins showdown. When you’re put in this position it can be tough to know what to do. For many amateur players the seemingly obvious answer is that you should surrender half your money rather than invest any more into the pot. Indeed, this is perfectly logical line of thought.

However, in mathematical terms deciding to surrender is a huge mistake. Every decision you make in a game of casino war needs to consider the long-term expectation (EV) of the move. This basically means you need to assess whether or not what you’re doing will make you money over a significant number of trials.

Looking at the numbers involved in going to war or surrendering, you'll find that it’s actually better to go to war because the advantage you give the casino is less. Indeed, by being brave and investing more money the casino will have a 2.0% edge, while surrendering gives the casino a 3.7% edge. In one specific hand this difference won’t cost you too much money. However, over a significant number of hands you’ll find an ever widening gap between your profits if you choose to surrender rather than go to war.

Thus, while it may seem like the counterintuitive move, going to war is actually much more profitable than surrendering when you’re involved in a game of casino war.

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