Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged

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Killer Poker Online 2 by John Vorhaus

I’m a bit over two thirds of the way through Vorhaus’ book and seem to have bumped up against the problem that I have had with the other books I have read on the subject; the structure of the game that he writes about is based on a 9 handed table. Am I reading the wrong books, playing the wrong game, playing on the wrong site? I’ve only ever played on Sky Poker, so I can’t answer the last of these questions. There are 10 handed tables on Sky Poker, but they appear to be very much in the minority and a quick look through the 10 handed cash tables suggests that they are not very popular. Heading towards November I’m aware that the WSOP final table is 9 handed, so the pinnacle of the game has 9 seats and whilst this is a bricks and mortar game, with 9 warm bodies eyeballing one another across the felt, there have been thousands, I would guess, of satellite games played to get there and as far as I recall, the ones that were run on Sky Poker were at 6 handed tables?

Am I over thinking this? Lets face it, I have zero expectation of entering even the lowliest of satellites for WSOP and there are always plenty of 6 handed tournaments and cash games taking place at Sky Poker, so why should it matter? In reality, it probably doesn’t, my game is probably not refined enough to give me pause for thought over whether I’m going to call, raise or fold KJs at a 6 handed or 9 handed table, other factors are likely to have more weight that what I might recall from a book. But it niggles away at me whilst I’m reading, trying to work out if the play that’s being suggested is predicated on me being sat at a 9 handed table?

Vorhaus’ book is a good read, it seems a little stylised after the no-nonsense, content rich approach of Harrington and doesn’t stop you in your tracks and make you think ‘hold on, I think I had better read that again’. It looks to me that it would stand on it’s own merits as a ‘poker’ book and whilst it does reference the online tournament structure, it seems to me that the majority of strategies would apply equally well to any form of the game. And let’s be completely frank here; there are no strategies for ‘crushing'(as per the subtitle) the internet game, there are strategies for playing a sound game and there are always players around with lesser skills that can be taken advantage of with a well thought out game, but crushing? I don’t think so! This is not to say I’ve taken nothing from the book and I do have a fair few pages to read, maybe he is saving the killer strategy for the last chapter?