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Take poker online the fun and easy way!
Five years ago, 50 million people were playing poker recreationally or professionally. Now that number is more than 100 million, including a huge influx of young people. Online betting is up nearly four-fold over the past year, with total wagers running over $30 billion. Winning at Internet Poker For Dummies provides the lowdown on the hottest game around, highlighting the best sites and virtual games and showing how to make secure online ...
Take poker online the fun and easy way!
Five years ago, 50 million people were playing poker recreationally or professionally. Now that number is more than 100 million, including a huge influx of young people. Online betting is up nearly four-fold over the past year, with total wagers running over $30 billion. Winning at Internet Poker For Dummies provides the lowdown on the hottest game around, highlighting the best sites and virtual games and showing how to make secure online bets. The book covers setting up an account, securing funds, navigating a basic online poker game, using Internet abbreviations and lingo, observing online poker etiquette, playing popular online poker games such as Texas Hold 'Em and Omaha, devising a winning strategy, and participating in tournaments.
Part I: Internet Poker Basics 7
Chapter 1: Creating a Winning Combination: Poker, the Internet,and You 9
Chapter 2: Getting Online and Choosing a Site 17
Chapter 3: Putting Internet Poker’s Nuances to Work inYour Play 35
Chapter 4: Taking Your Cash to Cyberspace — Safely 55
Part II: Taking Your Poker to a New Level — The CyberLevel 67
Chapter 5: Adapting to a New World: Internet Poker 69
Chapter 6: Figuring Out Your Opponents (Without Them FiguringOut You) 89
Chapter 7: Exploring Your Online Game Options 107
Chapter 8: Building Your Online Poker Skills (Without GoingBroke) 125
Chapter 9: Strategies for Short-Handed Ring Games 135
Part III: Taking Over Tournaments 147
Chapter 10: Perusing Your Online Tournament Options 149
Chapter 11: Clueing in to Tournament Chip Standings 165
Chapter 12: Winning Single-Table Tournaments 177
Chapter 13: When Your Chips Are Flying: Single-Table Strategies193
Part IV: The Part of Tens 207
Chapter 14: Ten Common Internet Poker Mistakes 209
Chapter 15: Ten Things to Keep in Mind in the Heat of Battle215
Chapter 16: Ten Great Internet Poker Resources 219
Chapter 17: Ten Mistakes to Avoid during Live Action 225
Appendix: Glossary 231
Posted February 6, 2005
I've played in home games for over 20 years and just a little bit in casinos (I don't really like the idea of paying a rake, tipping a dealer and tipping a cocktail waitress - I also prefer to eat my buddies' free food). But lately I'm toying around with playing online (I STILL don't like that rake idea) and was looking for a book that would essentially tell me everything about online poker without giving me some ridiculous Poker 101 lesson. Man did I ever get that in spades. Harlan and Derossi are clearly hardcore poker guys who're also computer geeks. Their checklist on what to do on disconnection is great and they spend a long time drilling on idiosyncrasies of the online world . Their sections on strategy for single table tournaments, head's-up techniques and short handed play are excellent. The only thing I completely disagree with them on is they seem to have a real beef with freeroll tournaments (they essentially think they're a waste of time), but everything else they talk about I'm cool with. I just happened to be in the bookstore as they were putting this book out for the first time and bought it on a whim along with the Hilger book that I'd already picked up. I was sorta skeptical and more than a little ashamed that it said 'Dummies' (is that REALLY a good marketing strategy for a book?); but after looking 'em both over I have to say that even though this one is half the price, it's about four times as valuable as the other. The great thing is they didn't try to re-teach me poker theory. Their philosophy is all the poker stuff you know from RL (real life) applies here, but there are lots of wrinkles to be aware of: A player with Internet playing savvy will beat the exact same player that doesn't have it. They refer a lot to 'Poker for Dummies,' a book I've never read. What I have read is all of Sklansky's Hold 'Em books, and this one seems to fit right along with them just fine. I didn't consider myself a 'dummy' even before I bought this, but I'm even less of one now.
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Posted July 18, 2009