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If you've read other poker books, don't bother,
This review is from: Internet Texas Holdem: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro (Paperback)
'Internet Texas Holdem' continues that great tradition that we have seen emerge in so many poker books: It is written by a good poker player, but not by a good writer. It is so rare to find a book which is written well and actually contains valuable advice (Mike Caro's books are among these rarities).
Firstly the book's bad points:
It's written in a really, really boring way - the whole book, with the exception of the last couple of chapters and the first couple, are bogged down with more text than necessary, and this makes them really tiresome to read.
The book is set out even more badly than a Two Plus Two book. This doesn't make it easy on your eyes, makes the book look daunting, and doesn't help your concentration.
It's a book on Limit texas holdem, so if you're a no-limit player, some of the advice will be void.
Now the good points:
The advice is very, very good, especially for beginners. The writer has obviously read a few good poker books in his time, and combined the basic principles with his own experiences. However, if you've read other poker books yourself, you probably know most of it already.
There are 'Test Your Skills' sections at the end of every chapter, where you can evaluate what you would do against actual hands from the internet. These are really useful, provided you don't see the answer before you've finished the question due to the book's bad layout.
The sections referring only to internet play (Internet tells, choosing a site, promotions etc.) were something new and very good. I would however have liked to have seen the Internet Tells section backed up by actual evidence rather than conjecture.
All in all, if this is going to be one of your first poker books, then you've chosen well. But if you've already read a few, you'll probably find yourself skipping through the middle sections quite quickly!