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Texas Hold'em Odds
by Catalin Barboianu
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Hold'em Poker is highly predisposed to probability-based decisions. The book presents the mathematics involved in card distributions in hold'em and provides a precise account of the odds associated with all gaming events. The author is a recognized authority on casino mathematics. No formal background in mathematics is necessary for reading this book, although comfort with some probability and set theory notions is helpful. In most cases, you'll need some college math to follow the formulas but this is not a requirement, because the numerical results are collected in tables at the end of each section. The work is packed with formulas, algorithms and tables. Its primary goal is to allow the reader to quickly find the odds for own hand and for opponent's hand, in order to improve his/her betting decisions.
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World Series of Poker Official SiteThe World Series of Poker has been the premier poker tournament in the world ever since it was launched by Benny Binion at the Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas in 1970. Harrah's bought the rights to the tournament in 2004 and has moved the action to the Rio. The official site shows the circuit schedule leading up to the big event held in the summer. There is also a registration section and a WSOP store.

Harrah's and Betfair Partnership Breaks New Ground

Friday, July 06, 2007
LAS VEGAS -- Harrah's has executed a non-binding letter of intent to form an alliance with Betfair.com that will designate Betfair.com as the Presenting Sponsor of the World Series of Poker Europe
  through 2011.

The inaugural WSOP Europe will debut in London September 6-16. The first WSOP event to be held outside Las Vegas, Nevada, the tournament will be hosted at three casinos operated by London Clubs International - Fifty, in St James; The Casino at the Empire, in Leicester Square, and The Sportsman, at Marble Arch.

The letter of intent, which is subject to execution of a definitive agreement, calls for the largest-ever union of its kind between an offline and an online gaming company. As part of the agreement, Betfair will be integrated into several facets of WSOP Europe and will promote the event internationally on a year-round basis.

"Betfair is a global leader in gaming innovation," said World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. "Our two organizations have a vision, style and brand strength that is complementary and world-class."

"Our alliance with Betfair will launch and build the World Series of Poker Europe with prestige and authenticity. This will likely become the most important poker tournament outside of Las Vegas," Pollack said.

"This is an historic deal for us," said David Yu, chief executive officer of Betfair. "To present the WSOP, with its 38-year tradition, on its first venture into Europe is a great honor."

"Betfair is renowned for its ground-breaking moves in the world of fixed-odds sports betting," Yu said. "This deal puts Betfair alongside the most important brand in offline poker and bonds us with Harrah's Entertainment, the largest casino operator in the world."

The World Series of Poker Europe presented by Betfair.com will consist of three events. The largest of these is the Main Event, a GBP 10,000 buy-in, 750-player, six-day tournament spread over three casinos with a prize pool of roughly GBP 7.5 million. The winner will take home cash and a WSOP gold bracelet, the most coveted prize in poker. It will be the first time a WSOP bracelet can be won outside the US.

WSOP Commissioner Pollack will be joined by a senior spokesman from Betfair on July 5 at World Series of Poker in Las Vegas to formally announce the World Series of Poker Europe presented by Betfair.com.

The 2007 World Series of Poker Presented by Milwaukee's Best Light, the world's richest sporting event, began June 1 at the Rio® All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. More information on the tournament is available at www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

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