Getting up speed on poker with strong math and game-theoretic background
I have a series of somewhat broad questions, that all relate to each other and affect each other. I've just decided to pick up poker in my spare time. I know the hand rankings
, rough starting hand selection, and that position matters. Beyond that, I do not know much. I've been reading an online guide, which taught me the things I just mentioned, but I'm missing somewhat more concreteness.
My background is very strong in math, probability, and game theory. Ideally I would like to find a good introduction to poker play that does not shy away from math and probability. I'm guessing that I should probably be searching for books rather than online content. So:
1. What would be good introductory reading for someone with a strong math background?
I also realize that some actual playing will be equally, if not more, important. I'm currently on a budget, and so I really want to break even immediately. I care a lot more about not losing money than I do winning money as of now. With that in mind, one option is of course to just play freerolls
, and use winnings from there (if I get any) to play other games. Now, my issue is that cash games seem more approachable in terms of learning the ropes initially, and so I'm worried that playing freerolls might not be the best way to go. They might also teach me little, since I would expect the quality of players on freerolls to be much worse than at cash tables. So:
2. Do you guys think that freerolls + SnG 4-man tournaments (through potential winnings) would be a good starting point?
3. Or do I need to play cash tables, e.g. 0.02/0.04NL tables?
Thanks for your input!
Edit: I should mention that I prefer limit holdem or NL holdem. I would go with limit, but it seems dead on Carbon (I'm in the US), so I guess I'm trying my hand at NL.