About a year and a half ago, Matthew Janda invited me to contribute a foreword to his upcoming poker book, Applications of No-Limit Hold em'
which focuses on GTO 6max no limit play (to be published this spring by 2p2 publishing, see http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/33.../#post37793214
). As a GTO player myself, I was both excited to read the content of the book and to contribute a foreword. Since then, I've read multiple drafts of Applications
and talked extensively with Matt about poker theory and I'm very impressed both with Matt's knowledge of theory and with the quality of his book.
Unfortunately, the foreword I submitted was rejected by 2p2 publishing and they decided to publish Applications
without it. I've decided to publish the foreword here, and I hope it gets some of you guys excited for Matthew's book.
I've attached the foreword since the graphics show up poorly in blog format. I also had to zip the file due to the forum's restrictions on file size, sorry for the inconvenience. It's in .doc and .odt.
This was meant to be a (relatively) finished draft of the foreword, but there are still a couple of typos and the graphics are inconsistent, etc. I hope you guys enjoy it, I was trying to give a relatively digestible introduction to the value of game theory in poker for advanced (but not expert) players. There's some information in there which should be new for most of you, and even if you're familiar with some basic GTO concepts, the foreword (hopefully) will show GTO is more useful than it might appear at first. Let me know what you guys think, and especially let me know if you're pumped to read Applications