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Product Details

  • 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Vorhaus is now known to one and all as the man who brought Radar Hoverlander - con artist extraordinaire - to life in the "sunshine noir" mystery novel, THE CALIFORNIA ROLL, and its acclaimed sequel, THE ALBUQUERQUE TURKEY. His other novels include UNDER THE GUN and WORLD SERIES OF MURDER, the latter available exclusively through Kindle.

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 26 countries on four continents. He recently 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 also travels regularly to Nicaragua, where he builds social-action comedy/dramas to provide positive role modeling for the poor, young and disenfranchised of that embattled country.

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 tweet @TrueFactBarFact and secretly controls the world from johnvorhaus.com

Customer Reviews

It is BY FAR the worst poker book I have ever read.
Adam
The book is a sham, partly because the title is entirely misleading, partly because the "advice" is too general and time consuming to be of any value at all.
C. Platt
Bottom line -- this book is VERY little help to anyone who wants to understand the world on online poker.
Randall

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Randall on March 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I hope novices don't take this book to heart (unless they are playing at my table) because many of the concepts presented are more harmful than they are helpful. I guess the best thing to say about the book is there are FEW concepts (and therefore few harmful concepts) in the book. The author rambles about trivial things like where is your computer located, are you multi tasking, etc, and completely ignores the actual play until the last third of the book.
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By darrelv on August 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book offers two ideas that are useful. One, learn how your
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
What a disappointment. The title suggests that this book will give great insight into how to have much success playing poker online, then the author states within the first few pages that people can't make money playing online. So why insinuate that you can with the title of this book?
In short, this book is a stinker. Anyone with common sense and a little poker knowledge already knows everything this book teaches.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sean R on October 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Vorhaus states several times that this book is not for the beginner, yet the only good advice contained in these pages is beginner material. All of the mental preparation stuff is good, all of the advice on booking is good, some of the ideas about playing a tight game are good, but the solutions proposed by the author are things that even the most humble online regular knows.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PocketAces on June 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
In short, this book contains absolutely no useful information. John Vorhaus complains that there are a pile of online poker sites out there with a pile of players all eager to take your money. Well, it looks like John Vorhaus is eager for some of it too. All he's done is jump on the poker train and he's laughing all the way to the bank. Kudos to you John for bluffing me with your book title. You had me at Crushing . This book will not help you win or provide you with any information to better your playing style. My advice? Use your $20 to buy any other poker book on the market, or deposit it onto a real online poker site to get some real online experience.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you are a serious poker player forget this book. It contains
nothing that experience and common sense wouldn't tell you.
Very disappointing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
It's obvious that John Vorhaus knows introspection because that is what this book is all about: Take a look at yourself. Often. Remember if you're losing (and most online players are, to put it bluntly, losers, who, guess what, LOSE) the only person you can really blame is yourself. What Vorhaus does is make objective the very subjective experience of self-analysis in relation to the game of poker and attendant psychology.

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.
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