- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: Lyle Stuart; 1St Edition edition (July 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0818406313
- ISBN-13: 978-0818406317
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,063,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Killer Poker Online: Crushing the Internet Game Paperback – July 1, 2003
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John is also well known as the author of THE COMIC TOOLBOX: HOW TO BE FUNNY EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT. This seminal book on writing comedy for television and film is now in its fifth printing, and continues to be a definitive source of information and inspiration for writers from Santa Monica to Scandinavia. Its companion volume, CREATIVITY RULES, is similarly a crucial book for writers at any stage of development.
Not content to rest on those laurels, Vorhaus is also the author of ten books on poker, including the KILLER POKER series and, with Annie Duke, the revolutionary DECIDE TO PLAY GREAT POKER. "As a poker player," confesses Vorhaus, "I'm a pretty good writer."
An international consultant in television and film script development, Vorhaus has worked for television networks, film schools, production companies and film funding bodies in 32 countries on five continents. He worked in Moscow, running the writing staff of the Russian version of Married... with Children, and in Tel Aviv, consulting on the Israeli version of The Golden Girls. He has also built sitcoms in Romania and social-action television in Nicaragua.
Vorhaus is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Writers Guild of America. He has consulted to Walt Disney Feature Animation and taught at such institutions as Northwestern University, the American Film Institute and the Writers Program of the UCLA Extension. He tweets for no apparent reason @TrueFactBarFact and secretly controls the world from johnvorhaus.com
Top Customer Reviews
And then his tips? "Don't overplay, instead set an alarm clock to limit your play". PLEASE!!! If you have no more poker savvy then not to know when to quit, an alarm clock ain't gonna cut it. "Online poker is fast paced, therefore you don't get the rest breaks that you get in live games". Have you ever seen a little button called "Deal me out"? "Watch for this tell, although it can be faked and exploited". Well, there's some definite help. And how is that different than a person-to-person game.
Bottom line -- this book is VERY little help to anyone who wants to understand the world on online poker. As an aside, let me state that apparently I am not alone in this assessment. I purchased the book used, and the previous owner highlighted only one sentence in the 273 pages.
opponents play and document it. Two, focus while playing poker on
your computer. These points are over-emphasized ad naseum.
Essentially this is a collection of ideas that in theory could be used
while playing online. It is not a system of good practices based on
the author's actual experience. It cannot be, because too much is
impractical and contradictory.
No advice about how to play a hand is given.
In short, this book is a stinker. Anyone with common sense and a little poker knowledge already knows everything this book teaches.
Aside from that, there are some really disturbing cop-outs. For example Vorhaus admits that there are online casinos which have simply robbed players of their money, but he won't tell us which ones they are because he wants us to "do our homework". What a joke. Let me get this straight, the book is all about how to make money by "Crushing the Internet Game" yet deliberately won't tell us which online sites are the con-artists? Give me a break.
This book will be useful to some that struggle with the mental unpreparedness of online poker, but aside from that it's a real rag. Look elsewhere.
I have not read John's other Killer Poker books so I cannot comment on them. However, I did read this one and it sucked big time.
nothing that experience and common sense wouldn't tell you.
Poker is a game that lives within the very heart of the rapacious human soul. Because it is about money (and money is the electricity of the human enterprise) and because it is highly psychological, in that we ask not only what is the other person up to, but also what does the other person think WE are up to, poker is perhaps the quintessential human game. Vorhaus in this book, in contrast to most books on poker, goes to the very heart of the personal psychology of poker. After all people playing poker GET INVOLVED. They sweat BB's and they go on TILT. They rant at the screen and pepper their opponents with "trash talk" chat and other lies. It's an emotional game. A bad beat on the river in a huge pot can cause many an otherwise level-headed person to go bananas. Vorhaus, who cut his teeth in the California casinos, in particular at the spacious Commerce Casino ("The King Of Clubs") just down the road from his residence in Monrovia, hands out tips, exhortations, and advice, makes observations--some of them rude and off the wall--and using his own very extensive experience, attempts to guide the average Internet poker junkie into his or her own mind to see why he or she is a guppy amongst the sharks, as the case may be.Read more ›
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I purchased this book and volume II; luckily for only a few bucks. The title grossly misrepresents itself. Read morePublished 14 months ago by ricky nunez
I read this book in one week and I don't feel I got any useful information! This book really isn't about what cards to play or how, but rather planning a session in the most... Read morePublished on July 2, 2009 by Mario Leal
This guy is so funny. He thinks that after practicing a while at the play money, $3-6 is a good place for a $500 bankroll and for Data Managment he mentions no poker software and... Read morePublished on June 10, 2009 by Jorge H. De La Cerda
This book was a real disappointment. The first hundred pages are all about the difference between online and B & M poker, and how you will probably lose at internet poker. Read morePublished on May 25, 2009 by Big B
I'm a fan of John Vorhaus, but this one isn't his best!
I expected some more methodology specifically around technique such as early and late position approaches to areas like... Read more
This book is a JOKE. It is BY FAR the worst poker book I have ever read. In fact, I don't even think it's fair to call this book a "poker book" as the book does not contain one... Read morePublished on December 7, 2006 by Adam
This book is intended for the amateur poker player that is new to the online poker world. You should know the basics of poker, and have some experience playing for money... Read morePublished on August 19, 2006 by Trent M. Robertson
Lots of the information I consider true but obvious or not actionable. Other parts I don't agree with. Read morePublished on May 9, 2006 by David Nicoson