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Internet toto hk : How to Play and Beat Online Poker Games

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Internet toto hk : How to Play and Beat Online Poker Games by Lou Krieger and Kathleen Keller Watterson introduces readers to the wonderful world of internet poker by covering everything from explaining how to sign up to an online poker site to legal and security concerns.

It should be strongly noted that this book covers the extreme basics of both poker strategy as well as online poker how-to’s. As an experienced online player myself, I finished this book with no new knowledge gained. However, Internet Poker is geared towards players who have never played online (or even poker!) before, and thus I will continue this review with those players in mind as the main audience reading this book.

 

Internet Poker begins by explaining just what online poker is, including a brief history of how it evolved. It then goes on to explain the extreme basics of what poker is and how to play, basically explaining what ‘chips’ are, the various hand rankings, pots, side-pots and so on.

 

Chapter 6 and 7 make up the majority of the book, and the latter chapter is used in conjunction with demo poker software tha

 

t is on the CD which accompanies the book. Chapter 6 explains the rules and basic strategy of ‘The Five Most Common Internet Poker Games’ including: Seven Card Stud, Texas Hold’Em, Omaha High/Low Split, Omaha High, and Seven-Card Stud High/Low Split.

 

Readers are then asked in chapter 7 to play 125 predetermined hands on the demo software (25 hands each poker game) with the book. Readers play each hand, then read the corresponding ‘follow-up’ in the chapter to see if they played the hand correctly. I found this a very innovative way of learning poker, as it gives a direct hands-on approach as opposed to simply ‘reading the rules’, and lets you learn and play at your own pace as opposed to learning the rules by playing online.

 

Internet Poker goes on by explaining common online poker actions such as ‘sitting out’ and ‘note-taking’. It finises by going over legal and security concerns, money management, and record keeping.

 

To summarize, Internet Poker, while not suitable for experienced online players, is a suitable and useful tool for people interested in learning how to play poker online, even if they’ve played in brick and mortar casinos before.

 

The Psychology of Poker

 

The Psychology of Poker, by psychiatrist Dr. Alan N. Schoonmaker, stands out among the masses of other poker literature in that it is one of the first (if only) poker books that revolves mainly around players’ individual styles, emotions, and habits.

This rather large book, at over 300 pages, is roughly divided into two sections. The first section, albeit relatively short in length, is worth the price of the book alone. It covers a wide spectrum of poker ideologies, including: “Why Do You Play Poker?”, “Reading Hands”, “Understanding Tells”, “Choosing the Right Games”, and “Rating Players” to name just a few.

 

Schoonmaker repeats the phrase “Accepting responsibility for your own results” several times throughout this section, which essentially tells the reader to accept responsibility for his or her own actions, and not to blame others, luck, or any other factors. This, coupled with another section regarding denial, is perhaps the most important thing a player could ever learn from a book on any competitive game, and as a bonus, Shoonmaker goes into some underlying detail as to why we lie to ourselves.

 

Schoonmaker also introduces a simple yet remarkably useful tool of which to rate a player’s style on. I personally used his rating scale and took advantage of the notes you can easily make on players in online poker.

 

The second section makes up the vast majority of the book. It is broken up into 4 sub-sections: “The Loose-Aggressive Player”, “The Loose-Passive Player”, “The Tight-Passive Player”, and “The Tight-Aggressive Player”. Each sub section explains why those types of players play the way they do, the pro’s and con’s of each style, how to play against those types of players, and how to improve if you are one of those types of players.

 

The only minor pitfall the book makes is that it goes a bit too much into the strategies and pro/con’s of the four aforementioned playing styles. I would have preferred to read more in regards to the psychology of poker.

 

Nevertheless, The Psychology of Poker is definitely worth a read, as it boldy goes where no poker author has gone before – into the head’s of poker players.