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Poker for Dummies - Harroch R.

Harroch R. Poker for Dummies - Wiley publishing , 2003. - 314 p.
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The application of knowledge within a given context is generally called “know-how,” and poker is a “know-how” game that’s best learned by going through cycles of study, play, and reflection — again, and again, and again.
A Learning Plan
While all roads may lead to Rome, some are full of potholes and others fraught with detours. Do you want to jump-start the learning process? The best way to become a good poker player in a relatively short period of time is to follow the plan in this section, it’s a full-immersion process. Study books, use your computer, play in simulated games, read the magazines and the Internet discussion groups, play in real games, and think about poker.
While this process will jump-start your learning, please realize that learning never ends. There’s always something new to learn about this game, and to keep one jump ahead of your opponents you have to keep learning just as long as you keep playing, if you’re not learning, you’re falling behind, and your opponents will eventually pass you. After you master the basics of poker, it’s the thinnest of lines that separates consistent winners from those who lose more often than they win. When the gap is narrow, you can’t afford to give any edge to your opponents and hope to keep winning.
Read begitwerdetfet books
There’s no point in studying books aimed at advanced players without knowing the fundamentals first. You need to get the building blocks in place, and you made a good start by buying this book. After all, you learned arithmetic before algebra, and back in elementary school you were reading about Dick and Jane before you tackled War and Peace.
Chapter 16: Learning More about Poker
Read the magazines
The world of poker currently has two magazines devoted exclusively to it. The first, and oldest, is Card Player Magazine. The new kid on the block is Poker Digest. Both are published in Las Vegas and appear biweekly on alternate Thursdays. Because of this, you are assured of something new to read about poker once a week.
Because the magazines are distributed in some quantity to those casinos that advertise in their pages, chances are you can pick up each of these magazines for free if you live jn an area that has a casino with a poker room. If you’re geographically challenged, you can subscribe and keep on top of all the happenings in the poker world that way.
Use your computer
The computer is a great tool for learning about poker, and we devote a whole chapter to that electronic wonder. (See Chapter 13.) Not only is there software that can help you play better poker by simulating cash games, other software enable you to practice playing in a tournament environment, too.
You can also play IRC (Internet Relay Chat) poker. Although IRC poker is played only for bragging rights and not real money, you’ll find the games and tournaments a great place to improve your game and chat with other players while you’re at it.
In addition, the Internet newsgroup rec . gambl i ng. poker , or RGP, as it’s called, provides a forum for poker discussion. RGP is a great place to pick up tips from some of the top professional players who regularly participate in that forum.
In addition to RGP, there are other sites dedicated to poker discussion. Two Plus Two Publishing, which publishes the books of Mason Malmuth, Ray Zee, and David Sklansky, among others, maintains a moderated discussion group at www. twopl ustwo. com. Many players participate in discussions on both sites; and frequently, a discussion that begins on one forum makes its way to the other.
Another site you might want to visit is www .conjelco.com. It’s both a source of information, as well as an online bookstore devoted exclusively to gaming literature. ConJelCo publishes the works of Lee Jones and Lou Krieger, sells almost every poker book imaginable, and even offers an online newsletter to those who request it. This publication, called The Intelligent Gambler, contains articles by some of the most respected poker theorists in the world.
Part IV: More Poker Fun
Play poker
To learn poker, you have to play it too. That’s the reason behind all the study. But when you play it’s important to be aware of what you’ve read and what you’ve experienced in simulated games. You won’t be able to recall all you read and immediately bring it to bear in a real game. But if you can at least recall some of the theory you’ve studied and see how it applies under game conditions, you’re well on your way to becoming a much better player.
Think about the yame
When you get away from the table, take some time to think about the game. And when you think about it, don’t think about the time that someone caught a miracle card and beat you out of a big pot. Think about how you played. Think about the things you had some control over. Think about some of the things you read in books and assess whether you played well or not. Figure out what you did wrong and make up your mind to rectify it next time.
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