you've never played poker seriously before, you might wonder why
you need a book about it. Why can't you just sit down at the
table with a few friends, or visit that friendly casino nearby
and learn as you go?
you can, but there are better ways to go about it. The school
of hard knocks can be expensive, and there's no guarantee you'll
been around for a long time, and it's never been more popular.
With the advent of personal computers, a great deal of research
about the game has been done in recent years and some of the tried
and true concepts have been changing. Players who don't keep their
knowledge up to date will be left behind.
reference book like this will explain the basic rules of the most
popular variations of poker and provide a sound strategic approach
so you can learn to play well in the shortest amount of time.
undoubtedly find many poker players who have never picked up a
book on the subject. Some even disdain this new breed of studious
poker players. A few self-taught players are quite skilled. But
the majority of them are not. And even if they've been playing
for 20 years, that doesn't mean that they have not been making
the same mistakes day after day, month after month, and year after
first two chapters of Poker for Dummies are for people
who have never really played poker before, as well as a refresher
course for the rest of us. After a bit of poker's colorful history,
Chapter 1 provides all the basics one needs to know before dealing
out a hand or two.
terms, hand rankings, general rules and etiquette, and what's
important to becoming a good poker player are covered in this
chapter. You'll learn how casino poker differs from home games,
and we'll tell you what your opponents will be like. Don't worry.
Al Capone and Doc Holliday are long dead, and the guy who won
last year's World Series of Poker won't be sitting down at the
low-limit games where you'll be
cutting your teeth.
2 provides essential strategic considerations that are important
for all forms of poker. You'll learn basic poker concepts along
with a little bit of probability. Even if you're numerically challenged
there's no need to stress out. You needn't be a statistician,
and the concepts are more important than the calculations anyway.
We'll show you why you shouldn't play every hand your dealt. If
you expect to win, you need to be selective - extremely selective
in some cases - but when you have a hand worth playing, it is
often correct to play aggressively.
3 covers 7-card stud, a game that's been popular since the Civil
War, and is the most popular version of all the stud poker games.
We'll teach you all about antes and betting structure, starting
hands to consider playing, and what kind of hands are likely to
win. You'll learn that stud requires more patience than most forms
of poker, and we'll explain why remembering which cards have been
exposed can help you avoid the costly mistake of drawing dead.
You'll learn why the first three cards are the most important,
and what to consider on subsequent betting rounds.
4 covers Texas Hold'em, which is the most popular card game played
in casino poker rooms and is the game used to determine the world
championship at the World Series of Poker. We'll walk you through
he basics, teach you which two-card starting combinations are
worth playing, and help you get to know the ins and outs of raising.
You'll learn what to look for on each of the betting rounds, and
we'll show you a few nifty moves along the way.
5 will introduce you to 7-card stud eight-or-better, high-low
split. We call it 7-stud/8 for short. It's a game that can have
two winners, which occurs when the best high hand and best low
hand split the pot. Sometimes there's only one winner. This happens
if no one makes a valid low hand or the guy with the best high
hand has the best low hand too, and scoops the entire pot. We'll
show you how the high-low version differs from 7-card stud, and
you'll learn which kinds of hands to be aggressive with, and when
to slowdown and apply the brakes.
6 shows you how to play Omaha Hold'em. It looks like Texas Hold'em
except you have six times as many possible starting hand combinations.
Winning high hands tend to be big hands, and since Omaha is usually
played as a high-low split game, it features lots of players trying
to make high and low hands to split the pot - or maybe even scoop
it entirely by winning both ends of the confrontation.
together with the guys, or gals, for an evening of poker?
You won't be restricted to those versions of poker played in casinos.
Not by a long shot. Poker at home is famous for all manner of
games, some improvised right on the spot, and as long as everyone
is willing, why not? Chapter 7 is all about home games, and contains
enough strategic information so that you can survive in a game
neither you nor anyone else at the table may have even dreamed
of until it was invented right before your eyes.
you'll ever need to know about bluffing is covered in Chapter
8, and you'll learn that you don't even need a poker face to do
it successfully. You'll learn to recognize the best bluffing opportunities,
and we'll tell you all about the different kinds of bluffs. You'll
learn why bluffing is critically important to the success of any
poker player, and how even an occasional bluff that fails can
help you to win money in the long run.
business needs accountants and record keepers. Poker is no different,
and Chapter 9 discusses the vital importance of record keeping
and money management. We'll show you how to assess your own risk
tolerance and how to reduce some of the fluctuations inherent
in poker. You'll also learn how big a bankroll you should have,
and you'll discover how professional players maintain their bankrolls.
10 is all about tournament poker. Tournaments are your best opportunity
to limit expenses when learning a new game, as well as your best
opportunity to win a bundle of money in a hurry. Almost every
casino offers poker tournaments. Some are inexpensive, while others
feature entry fees of $300, $500, $1,000 or more - all the way
up to the main event of the World Series of Poker, where the cost
of doing business is $10,000.
11 deals with video poker. You'll learn how it differs from regular
poker, as well as some of the strategies for beating the more
popular video poker games that can be found in casinos all over
12 takes you behind the color and glitz of poker's premier event,
The World Series of Poker, held each May in Las Vegas at Binion's
Horseshoe Casino. You'll learn about no-limit Hold'em, the "Cadillac
of card games," and we'll also show you how to play in high-roller
13 and 14 take you right into cyberspace, where you'll learn how
the computer can be a shortcut to learning poker, and how you
can create a comprehensive self-study course with nothing more
complex than your PC and some poker software. You'll also learn
where to download, test, and use interactive software to practice
explain how to improve your poker with Internet play-money games,
as well as how to determine if real-money Internet poker is for
you. You'll also discover the joys of the Internet newsgroup rec.gambling.poker,
and learn about some other cool poker sites too. There are chapters
on how to read an opponent and spot their tells, those priceless
bits of poker body language that you can use to your advantage
every time you sit down to play.
Chapter 16 you'll discover where to learn more about poker. We'll
point you in the direction of other great books (besides this
one) and how to embark on a learning plan to improve your game.
You'll be introduced to Card Player Magazine, and Poker
Digest, two biweekly magazines that thoroughly cover the poker
industry and all its aspects in great detail.
18 introduces you to some of the legends of poker. We'll introduce
you to old-timers like Johnny Moss, who helped popularize poker
in Las Vegas when he played a marathon, five-month poker game
in the window of Binion's Horseshoe, before he finally broke famed
gambler Nick "the Greek" Dondalos. You'll meet up-and-coming stars
too, like Scotty Nguyen who, as a teenager, escaped from Vietnam
with the clothes on his back and in 1998 won the World Series
of Poker and a grand prize of $1,000,000.
also a poker glossary, sidebars with tips from the greats of the
game, lots of handy charts full of statistics and probability
- so you don't have to work them out yourself, and an index that
can take you to any facet of America's national game, poker.
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