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Killer Poker Online: Crushing the Internet Game Paperback – July 1, 2003

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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
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,177,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 10, 2004
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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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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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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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By A Customer on November 6, 2003
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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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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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What a waste of time and money. I can't believe Jan Fisher and Linda Johnson would endorse this book without reading it. If they had read the book, they surely would not have endorsed it.
They have lost all credability. Surely John does not play poker online as his "online suggestions" are pure common sense. If you want to waste your money, drive down the street and toss $15 out the window... it will be more satisfying than reading this book.
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If you are looking for a book that will tell you HOW to play poker, this book is not for you. There are a million books out there that cover starting hand requirements, positional considerations, pot odds, and game selection. If you are a beginning player I would suggest Winning Low Limit Holdem (Lee Jones) or Play Poker Like the Pros (Phil Hellmuth).

This book covers many topics that are critical to learn if you want to become a winning player such as "mood management", "money management" and gathering "book" on your opponents. I see that many people have slammed this book but these negative reviews also had fantastic phrases like "the advice is too general and time consuming to be of any value." I LOVE TO HEAR COMMENTS LIKE THIS!!

Yes, many of the topics covered in this book will take a great deal of time such as gathering data on your opponents. Nobody can ever say that playing winning poker is easy, if they do, they loose plain and simple.

Learning which hands to play and in what position will do wonders for your game. Learning how to calculate pot odds will take you further, however this will only make you an average player who may squeak out very meager gains at the lower limits. As you start climbing into the higher limit games you must be able to spot your opponents betting patterns, tendencies and then be able to quickly adapt to change. While your doing all of this you must also keep your ego and mood in check. This is easier said than done.

The topics covered in this book are very important for online play. This book is not Super System, Harrington on Holdem, Championship Holdem nor the Theory of Poker but it does have its place in your beginning poker library.
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