# Honors 201: The Mathematics of Texas Hold'em

## Spring 2008

Instructor: David Marker

Class: T 2-2:50 321 TH
Office: 312 SEO

Office Hours: (in 411 SEO) M 10-11, Th 2-3 and by appointment

phone: (312) 996-3044

e-mail: marker@math.uic.edu

course webpage: http://www.math.uic.edu/~marker/hon201l

### Description

Probability Theory and Game Theory are important tools in mathematical decision making. We will illustrate their application to Texas Hold'Em and simplified forms of poker. Some of the topics covered will include:
- Mathematical concepts: probability, expectation, standard deviation, Bayes Theorem
- hand probabilities, pot-odds, implied odds,
- game theory of bluffing

### Suggested Reading

** Limit Hold'em**
- Lee Jones,
*WInning Low Limit Hold'em*, ConJelCo 2005. (*Good Introduction*)
- Ed Miller, David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth,
* Small Stakes Hold'em*, Two Plus Two, 2004.
- David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth,
* Hold'em Poker: For Advanced Players*, Two Plus Two, 1999.

** No Limit Cash Games**
- Russell Fox and Scot Harker,
* Mastering No-Limit Hold'em*, Conjelco, 2005.
(*Good Introduction for Beginers*)
- David Sklansky and Ed Miller
*No Limit Hold'em: Theory and Practice*, Two Plus Two, 2006.
- Dan Harrington and Bill Roberite,
* Harrington on Cash Games vol
1-2*, Two Plus Two, 2008.

** No Limit Tournaments**
- Dan Harrington and Bill Robertie,
* Harrington on Hold'em vol 1-3*, Two Plus Two,
2004, 2005, 2006.

** Theory**
- David Sklansky,
* The Theory of Poker*, Two Plus Two, 1994.
- Bill Chen and Jerrod Ankenman,
* The Mathematics of Poker*, Conjelco, 2006.

### Tools and Links

### Assignments

Dave Marker's Home Page

Last updated 4/1/08