52 Great Poker Tips: At Home, Tournament and Online

  • List Price: $9.95
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Date: June 1, 2007
  • Publisher: Batsford
  • ISBN: 0713490357
  • Order from Amazon.com

There’s never been a better time to learn poker. With the advent of the lipstick camera — a small device that shows the television audience what the players can’t see: each other’s cards — poker has become a spectator sport and its popularity has sent TV ratings through the roof.

While the players you see on television, and those you see entering high buy-in tournaments such as the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker are incredibly skilled, most of the new players coming into the game are not. The majority of poker players you’ll encounter have never read a book aimed at improving their poker over the course of their lifetime. Just a bit of study is all it will take to give you an edge over most of the players you’ll encounter in casino poker games.

You can earn money playing poker without having to be one of the best players in the world. All you have to do is be able to beat your opponents. You can’t say that about most other sports. If you’re not one of the top tennis players in the world, or one of the best basketball players, or a world class golfer, you might enjoy the sport as a hobby, but you can’t count on it to supplement your income.

But when you’re playing poker, you needn’t be as skillful as a World Series of Poker winner to make a buck from your favorite hobby or avocation. You just have to be able to beat up on your opponents. It’s all relative, and a little learning gives you a big edge.

This book is aimed at beginning poker players as well as more experienced players who might have a lot of table time under their belt, but have not taken the time to study the game. I know about most of these books; I’ve written ten of them myself.

The format is straightforward. Following an introduction to Texas hold’em poker, there are 52 tips — one for each card in the deck. If you learn the game and learn these tips, you will profit from them. Just applying one tip each time you visit a card room or casino can produce money in your pocket or save you from the devastation of a really bad day at the tables.

Right now you are living during poker’s good old days. There’s never been a better time to learn the game, or a better time to ply your skill at the tables. With all the newbies flocking to casinos and cardrooms everywhere — including cybercasinos that can be accessed from the Internet — games are typically filled with beginning players who are less skilled than you are. At some of the lower betting limits, you might find an entire table filled with beginners.

It’s a gold rush for good players. So pick up this book, read the tips, and improve your game. Although this book is aimed at beginning players, the truths in these tips can be applied to all games, even those full of skillful players.

While this book shouldn’t be your complete poker education — no single book can hope to accomplish that — it’s a beginning that can ground you in proper play and allow you to spread your wings and continue to grow as a players.

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