A small disclaimer at the beginning. I loved the book. I enjoyed reading it so much that I was sad when I turned the last page on my kindle. It’s the second book I read by this author, and both had me spell-bound until the end. A great accomplishment, given that I am talking about a down to earth how-to poker book. As a writer I admire good literature. Therefore… I might be a bit biased in my recommendations. You have been warned: Killer Poker No Limit. A Winning Strategy for Cash Games and Tournaments.
The author: John Vorhaus
John Vorhaus is a writer who happens to play poker. Or a poker player who also writes? Who knows. He has written several books on poker as well as novels and works as a consultant in television and film script development. His writing is refreshingly no-nonsense and very practical. You will feel immediately that the author no only knows the topic, but also knows how to transmit this knowledge in a structured and fun-to-read way. Check out his website to know more.
The book: Killer Poker No Limit. A Winning Strategy for Cash Games and Tournaments
Killer Poker No Limit. A Winning Strategy for Cash Games and Tournaments is Vorhaus’ first Killer Poker book dedicated exclusively to No Limit Hold’em. The book is divided into three sections, analyzing players (us and them), cash games (a good day at play) and tournament poker (tournament wonderland). Each part presents theory as well as practical examples, always evolving around the reader. This is probably the reason, why the book is so enticing: Vorhaus engages into a dialogue with the reader, including some exercises helping you to discover your own motives, strategies, strengths and shortcomings. At the end of the day there are only two options: either you learn or you loose.
Lesson learned: Your poker depends on you
Yes, bad beats do happen. Yes, you may go without decent cards for way too long. Yes, variance is a bitch. And still, poker is what you make of it. It depends entirely on you what you do with the cards you are dealt against the opponents you are facing. A healthy dose of critical self-review is thus mandatory if you want to progress in the world of poker (online or live). The good news is the wide availability of literature, coaching, videos etc to make sure you keep on evolving your skills and your presence at the tables.
Lesson learned: Enjoy your game or stop!
Vorhaus starts his book with a provocative question: do you think you are addicted to poker? You probably are, just as you are addicted to a bunch of other things. In my case running, writing and dancing would be on the top of the list. All of these things, including poker, allow me to have a good time, so yes, I guess I am addicted to having fun. And that’s exactly what Vorhaus wants you to realize: poker is fun. Even if you do it for a living, it needs to be fun. You are playing for the adrenaline of crushing your opponent (so fun also translates into profits… even better). If you wake up one day and realize you hate being at the tables, it’s time to take a break.
Recommendation: For intermediate beginners who want details
The main target group for this book are intermediate beginners. The over 200 pages offer lots of different situations and introduce important strategic concepts (type casting of your opponents, planning your hand, position play, flop adoption, unpredictability, …) in an easy to understand way. Advanced player will enjoy the review of crucial concepts. Plus, Killer Poker No Limit. A Winning Strategy for Cash Games and Tournaments is simply a good read.