Texas Hold’Em Made Easy: A Systematic Process for Steady Winnings at No-Limit Hold’Em
by: Walt Hazelton
About the author
Walt has been playing cards since he was a child. The games included gin rummy, hearts, bridge, and poker. By his teens, most of these had some level of stakes. During college, he also played duplicate bridge and won enough tournaments to earn “Masterpoints.” During these tournaments, he utilized the Charles Goren point count system to govern his play. However, poker was always the favorite game since it could be done anytime, anywhere, and with any number of players. When Texas Hold’em became widely popular on television, it became his favorite. He has now been playing this very challenging game online for over twenty years. Walt has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and then served three years in the U.S. Navy. He then returned to Penn to earn an MBA at the Wharton School. Upon graduation, Walt went to work for Xerox Corporation and, during his thirty years, held several management positions, including plant controller and manager of Xerox’s financial services for U.S. operations. During this time, he had several articles published in a national magazine, including “How to Cost a Labor Settlement.” This also led to guidance given to President Carter’s Council on Wage and Price Stability (COWPS) regarding the formula they wanted to use to control the escalation of wages during the boom years of the seventies. He had also worked within Xerox on maximizing Xerox’s worldwide presence through balancing trade. He published an article on “The Ins and Outs of Foreign Trade,” which documented the various trade balancing formulas that were being used in a number of countries. Upon retiring from Xerox, he joined a consulting firm specializing in helping large companies improve their financial processes. He conducted several seminars for these companies to learn the key best practices in transaction processing, and he also led teleconferences in which key financial people at companies could share their ideas and/or ask questions. Walt lives with his wife in Fairport, New York. They have three children and five grandchildren. He loves to play golf, and until a few years ago, he also played competitive volleyball in senior tournaments across the country. He is also a history buff with particular emphasis on World War II.
About the book
In the early 1900s, Charles Goren developed a simple point-count system for the game of bridge. It quickly became the most widely used process for evaluating a player’s hand. It remains to this day the most commonly used process. Its popularity rests with its simplicity since it is so easy to remember. In this book, a similar point-count system is described for the game of Texas Hold’em. It allows players to quickly evaluate the strength of their cards and thereby eliminates the need to utilize, or remember, the many tables of probabilities that are typically included in most of the other books on Texas Hold’em. It takes into consideration more than just the initial two cards a player receives, such as position at the table, size of other bets, stage of a tournament, stack size, and special combinations of cards, such as connected and/or suited cards. After the initial development of this process, it was tested while playing over ten thousand actual hands with solid results. During this time, it was clear that many players enter hands by overrating their cards, which then often leads to unnecessary loss of chips. By using this point-count system, only those cards with a relatively high probability of success are played. Admittedly, there is the unique aspect of Hold’em in which bluffing is important, so topics such as that are also included. This book was written specifically to allow an amateur player to quickly learn a process in which steady winnings are achieved in playing in no-limit Hold’em tournaments. Such tournaments can be a single-table tournament or one with many tables. Such tournaments are available in all the casinos, in cruise ships, or in local friendly games. They are also available online, so there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy this game.
May 31, 2019