Hopefully you are familiar with the free online poker coaching that we have on NoPayPOKER for all players levels from beginner to expert plus the modules on live card room games and moving from free to cash poker online. If not then get over to the free poker lessons links page and check them out, there is loads for all there.
While there is an invaluable storehouse of poker knowledge there we also know that some of you may want more. As a result this series of articles is going to focus on reviewing the very best poker coaching, education, instruction and lesson books and resources we can find.
This has been researched in depth and only sources with a majority of very positive reviews on places such as Amazon have made the cut.
This first article looks at what for most of you NoPay members is the top most obvious topic, that of online poker guides.
This is a difficult subject area, there is less published that you’d imagine and a lot of it has bad reviews plus, of course, online poker is a fast changing subject meaning that some good review but older books are now outdated. Because of this only a handful make it to the “best of” list.
The framework is to provide the basic information on the resource, a synopsis of the content and then summarised reviews we have located on the good and bad points of the resource.
Title – Harrington on Online Cash Games; 6-Max No-Limit Hold ‘em
Author(s) – Dan Harrington and Bill Robertie
This edition released – June 2010
Pages – 530
Dan Harrington explains the cornerstone ideas and expertise which will help you become an expert at poker online. On-line poker is a environment, as any of you who also play live games know, which varies in certain crucial ways from the field of casino games.
Topic areas covered include:
* How to deal with sizes of stack.
* Playing at six max tables.
* Combating high aggression.
* And, unlike most poker online books, ways to use poker databases and heads up displays (HUDs) to obtain precise and useable information on how the other players play.
Plus, there are detailed strategies for micro and small stakes preflop and post-flop play.
We really rate this book for all poker online players who play money games online but do not win as much as they’re like (most of us in other words!)
Plus it’s the perfect bible for free online poker players looking to make the move and live card room game players looking to go online who have not played online much before.
For players just starting poker we strongly suggest that you start by playing free online poker games first and learn the ropes before risking your real money. Sure get the book but don’t risk real money yet please!
Favourable review comments -
* Don’t Purchase this book – I don’t want you getting any better! I can’t help but recommend this book to any online player who is not my opponent.
* Specifically details a number of important statistics that can be employed to exploit patterns in your competitors pre and postflop styles.
* Several really excellent suggestions on note-taking.
* He provides you with the tools to assess your opponents play and manipulate them should they be weak, or should they be good.
* I was blown away with this book. All of his books are great, but this one really goes into details concerning the varieties of games and situations you will come across.
* Its a fantastic book and a need for the online player. You may use the know how in the book for full ring game also. Excellent book.
Nothing significant seen apart from one nuts naysayer type who’d probably say night was day just to be different.
Number 2 -
Title – The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide: Tournament Edition
Author(s) – Andy Bloch, Richard Brodie, Chris Ferguson and Ted Forrest
This edition published – June 2007
Pages – 448
Full Tilt may be dead and buried now but the material from their team pros who collaborated to produce this book remains great for all on-line poker players.
* I was worried that this would be a fast buck job aiming to cash in on the popularity of internet poker and that the writers would push out basic low value material. This is not the case. There is stuff in here that you won’t get elsewhere.
* Chris Ferguson’s section is sort of a mini instruction class with him.
* This will become a “need to have” book for poker tournament players.
* I hate to have to recommend this. It simply gives away too many trade secrets.
* Novices and players who have played for under 5 years might play ten more years and never absorb close to this much understanding.
* Separated into many sections with each different from the previous and written by another player. As a result it’s kind of here and there.
* Some have said it is little use for online as online poker is all rigged…
So this ends the first review article, keep an eye out for the next which will have more online poker specific resources that, while not free have been proven to pay for themselves by those who are willing to read, learn and apply what they learn. And if these are not for you then get over to our free poker skills lessons sections and at least read or re-read one of our free online poker lessons.