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For something like 150 years, people have been playing poker
on shady riverboats, in smokey backrooms of otherwise legiti-
mate businesses, in booze-laden college dorms, on cramped tent
floors, and at family kitchen tables. Although the games are often
social events, the underlying purpose is always the same: play,
play, play, and try to take as much of whatever you possibly can
from the steely-eyed person sitting across from you. Be it pretzels,
lingerie, or cold hard cash, what your opponents have is what you
want. Victors get the spoils; losers get large servings of crow
(usually served cold with no garnish).
A few years ago, the Internet came along, and along with it, the first
“Big Change.” Now you can play against people anywhere in the
world, at any time of the day, and for varying sums of money. And
the card house where it all goes down is exactly as far away as
your computer.
Early concerns of cheating and the inability to see the faces of your
competitors, crossed with the uncertainty of passing electronic
cash to an unknown foreign entity, gave many would-be online
players reason to pause, but the efforts and technology aimed at
making the game safe have prevailed. Internet poker has truly
exploded in the past couple of years, no doubt due in large part to
the numerous televised poker events and Internet sponsorship of
some of the top players in the world.
The Internet traffic statistics are staggering, with the busiest poker
sites dwarfing the clientele at brick-and-mortar casinos: At any
given moment, tens of thousands of players duke it out on a multi-
tude of tables. Internet poker was nothing 10 years ago, and today
it’s a billion-dollar industry with no signs of subsiding.
In some ways, the online world is identical to the real one. You can
play Texas Hold ’Em, Omaha, and Seven-Card Stud. You can play
less popular competitive games, such as Pineapple, Five-Card Stud
or Draw, or wild card games, depending on the site. You can com-
pete for play chips or hard currency. You can play in ring games or
tournaments.2
Winning at Internet Poker For Dummies
But in some ways, the online world is very different. You have to be
able to judge a site for quality. You have to download and master
the software. You have to make electronic transactions over-the-
wire to move your cash. And don’t forget that you have to choose
between table sizes and game types.
At first it can all be a little much. But don’t despair. You have a
clear path through this wilderness. Come along, and we’ll take you
there.

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Introduction……………………………………………….1
Part I: Internet Poker Basics………………………….7
Chapter 1: Creating a Winning Combination:
Poker, the Internet, and You ………………………………………………………9
Chapter 2: Getting Online and Choosing a Site ………………………………17
Chapter 3: Putting Internet Poker’s Nuances
to Work in Your Play ………………………………………………………………..35
Chapter 4: Taking Your Cash to Cyberspace — Safely ……………………55
Part II: Taking Your Poker to a New Level —
The Cyber Level ………………………………………..67
Chapter 5: Adapting to a New World: Internet Poker ……………………..69
Chapter 6: Figuring Out Your Opponents
(Without Them Figuring Out You) ……………………………………………89
Chapter 7: Exploring Your Online Game Options………………………….107
Chapter 8: Building Your Online Poker Skills
(Without Going Broke) …………………………………………………………..125
Chapter 9: Strategies for Short-Handed Ring Games …………………….135
Part III: Taking Over Tournaments……………….147
Chapter 10: Perusing Your Online Tournament Options……………….149
Chapter 11: Clueing in to Tournament Chip Standings …………………165
Chapter 12: Winning Single-Table Tournaments …………………………..177
Chapter 13: When Your Chips Are Flying:
Single-Table Strategies …………………………………………………………..193
Part IV: The Part of Tens……………………………207
Chapter 14: Ten Common Internet Poker Mistakes ………………………209
Chapter 15: Ten Things to Keep in Mind in the Heat of Battle ………215
Chapter 16: Ten Great Internet Poker Resources………………………….219
Chapter 17: Ten Mistakes to Avoid during Live Action …………………225
Appendix: Glossary…………………………………..231
Index…………………………………………………….233

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