Originally Posted by AlfieAA
should i keep playing as much poker as possible, getting used to the basics or take a couple of days off and try and learn some math behind the game.....or will that come in time with just playing regularly and reading this forum?....- a couple of days will be nothing, you need to continually do these things -
also are 'equity' and 'probability' the same thing? NO.....should i be learning these things straight of the bat? YES......when should i learn 'expected value'?......NOW
when did you guys learn these things?....was it early on in your poker careers or did you pick it up as you went along by playing lots and reading bits here and there?...........is it possible to be good at poker without understanding these 3 aspects of the game?.....can one get by on only knowing odds and outs?....
There are many good books that teach this stuff.I can suggest reading Nathan Williams' "Crushing the micro stakes" as a good start. It keeps the math at a minimum, as it is directed to a solid micro stake strategy, but still delivers a lot of good info. Asking if you can be good knowing only odds and outs is like asking if you will be good at golf if you only practice using a driver.
You need to understand equity and how to calculate it in any situation. You need to understand about fold equity and how that combined with you equity in the hand can make your expected value
in certain plays go up. You also need to understand what expected value is and how to calculate it. And it is not easy. The basics are - sort of - but applying them under pressure are not.
I am sure there are a lot of good beginner books that cover these topics in an easy to understand way. Professional no limit holdem is a good book, but not a total beginner book.