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Killer Poker 2: Advanced Strategies for Crushing the internet game (version 2) by John Vorhaus

Release date: 05th October, 2006
Publisher: Stuart (Lyle)

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John Vorhaus is a prolific poker author and his 'Killer Poker' series, encompassing handbooks and guides to on- and offline strategies enjoy a loyal following. His most recent title focusing upon the online game, Advanced Strategies for Crushing the internet game (version 2), would make an ideal Christmas present for the intermediate player (note), although it's unlikely to challenge the well- established classics written by the likes of Harrington or Sklansky.

The book's jacket cover might encourage would-be poker beginners to buy it, claiming it teaches them "how to take advantage of these changes [in online poker], exploiting patterns, tendencies and weaknesses of online players."

There is no doubt that Vorhaus comes up with a number of useful ideas when discussing sit-and-go tournaments and offers some useful thoughts of how the experienced player can begin to dominate online tournaments, but there's the rub. Killer Poker Online 2 is aimed at people who, if they've enjoyed a reasonable amount of online poker success, will probably know the theory behind how certain strategies work, although they may not know how to implement them.

In fairness, this is where KP2 scores, ostensibly because it is a book about developing a mental discipline and then using it to better effect when playing poker. According to Vorhaus, there is a considerable amount of information available to savvy, alert poker players which, once recognised, make it possible to execute better plays. Several examples of how the online player can 'read' an opponent are provided throughout the book, the majority of which are extremely useful.

Nevertheless, if you're searching for specific hand examples, or want to know how much to bet pre-flop, whether it's prudent to fold on the turn or to go all-in, you may feel a little short-changed, although once you've finished KP2, you're likely to know what an "orphan flop" is,

If you're relatively new to poker, it's probably best if you do not start with this book, but tackle KP1 instead. That offers a 'poker lite' approach which is supplemented with much greater detail here. All the same, neither book is in the category marked 'classic', ie the category occupied by Harrington, Sklansky and one or two others.

There are numerous poker guides on sale this Christmas and advanced, studious types should, if they haven't already, tackle one from the classic genre.

For regular players not ready for the 'heavy stuff' however, PK2 provides an intermediate platform which should pay for itself within a very short space of time.


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