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Poker for Dummies - Harroch R.

Harroch R. Poker for Dummies - Wiley publishing , 2003. - 314 p.
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Practice With Computerized Software
No matter how many hands you play at the table, using software like Wilson Software’s Turbo Texas Hold’em to practice against lifelike opponents and run simulations that will test your own theories will help you make rapid progress in your development as a poker player.
Computers can do things humans don’t have the time to accomplish. We’ve run experiments that simulated a lifetime of poker. We could have tested that same hypothesis by playing eight hours a day, five days a week, for 30 years, but what could we accomplish with that knowledge once we finished our research? It might be helpful if poker is played in the afterlife, but we’re more concerned with earthly uses for our know-how.
Read the Newsgroup
If you don’t have a computer, now is the time to go out and buy one. When you get that box home, connect to the Internet and read the discussions and poker news on the Internet newsgroup, rec . gambl i ng . poker (RGP). While you’ll find lots of social chatter, the Internet is often the source of some incredibly creative ideas about poker.
Part V: The Part of Tens
These ideas, for the most part, are not circulated outside the newsgroup. It's not out of secrecy, mind you, it’s just that RGP attracts very bright, creative, and insightful folks who enjoy talking poker. As a result, it’s fertile ground for new ideas and concepts. Ideas are posted, and comments swiftly feed back to the author. Information at warp speed: that’s what the Internet is all about. You can follow the growth and development of ideas as they are molded and shaped by some of the poker community’s brightest thinkers and theorists. The Internet is a medium you cannot ignore if you are serious about keeping up with the game’s most current thinking and concepts.
Analyze four Game — and four Opponents’
Think when you’re at the table, away from the table, and whenever you’re not involved in a hand. Watch your opponents. Remember what kinds of hands they are willing to enter pots with in early, middle, and late position. See if they call too often or whether they are susceptible to bluffing. Learn their proclivities and patterns, and plan your strategy accordingly. You won’t be very successful bluffing someone who calls all the time, and you only hurt yourself if you fail to bet for value against someone who calls far to often with weak hands.
Think about your own play too. Review hands you’ve won and lost. Determine whether there were alternative plays that would have resulted in a bigger win. or saved a bet or two if you lost. The line between winning or losing can be a fine one, and concentration may make all the difference between winning and losing in the long run.
Concentrate on Things That Matter
If you pay attention to the wrong things, the very best you can hope for is to get lucky. Asking for a deck change won’t help you win. It won’t cause you to lose either, but why concentrate on something that is of absolutely no value at all?
Poker tables are full of bad beat stories, and it won’t take long until you’ve heard all of them. Why waste time grousing about the fact that your opponent got lucky? We all take turns getting lucky. That’s not the point. Instead, think about what you might have done to knock him out of the pot so he wouldn’t have had a chance to draw out on you. That matters!
Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Improve Your Poker Today
Focus on how you played, and think about what you might have done differently to influence the outcome. Thinking about luck, or a deck change, or a dealer who’s always bad news for you is unproductive. It’s just like howling at the moon. It may feel good to do it, but ultimately it’s silly and self-indulgent, and it won’t help you win.
Face it. Nothing will make you an expert overnight. But there are a number of shortcuts along the road to poker excellence. Some of them, like computers, software, and books, require investments. But you will lose much more than you would ever invest in your own skill-building and development if you fail to invest in these tools. If poker matters to you — if you really want to become a ' winning player — then you owe it to yourself to take the steps that matter.
Read Alt the Books
We hear players eschew books all the time at the poker table. “I’ve played 20 years,” they grumble, “and I don’t need books to teach me about the game.” Yet it’s these very players who think a deck change is going to improve their luck, or that a certain dealer has it in for them. Sheeesh! These guys have been making the same mistakes for years, and their know-nothing attitude ensures that they will repeat this unproductive, mindless behavior for the next two decades.
There are lots of good poker books out there and we suggest you read them all. If you get just one good idea from a book, it will return the cost of its purchase many times over. Poker books are not an expense, they are an investment — one that’s absolutely critical for improving your game. Check out Chapter 16 for our recommended list of poker books.
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