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Dealer's Choice: The Complete Handbook of Saturday Night Poker Paperback – May 3, 2005
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The best feature of the book is the list of hundreds and hundreds of different poker games, ranging from the old stand-bys everyone knows (like Baseball), to some truly crazy and entertaining games. My regular table can't survive a night without a few games of Diablo, Frankenstein, and Jane Austen.
And it's a hilarious book. Even if you don't play many of the games in it, it's simply a good read.
If your looking for strategy, this isn't really for you, but if you want a book that will make you feel comfortable with basic poker and give you plenty of games to dabble at It's a good purchase.
In addition to useful rules and hints on how to host a game, how to set "house rules" and what house rules need to be set, and what needs to be done with certain kinds of "trouble players", the book provides over 200 variations of poker (plus a few games which, although popular at social poker tables, are NOT poker). These games range from old stand-bys (Anaconda, Baseball) to the homebrewed (Brian Snoddy's Midget Porn) to the outright bizarre and evil (Hamlet Meets the Three Stooges, and most especially Frankenstein).
The book is interspersed with (far, far too few) illustrations and comics by co-author Phil Foglio, renowned as a comic creator and science-fiction illustrator for decades. This volume is worth the purchase for those illustrations alone, in my opinion... but even without them, it's a worthy book for those who don't read Girl Genius or Myth Adventures, but who do appreciate a fun night gaming with their buddies... and, just perhaps, lightening their pockets in the process.
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Covers numerous topics, but of the hundreds of supposedly different poker games, virtually all of them are variations of draw, 5 card stud, and 7 card stud. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark W. Gilles
A well written and fun collection of variant poker rules. Been playing a monthly game with these. Enough variety to keep things fresh for multiple games.Published 1 month ago by Jason D. Schneiderman
Just got this book so far so good has lots of variations of various game to make the poker night a little more interesting.. good stuff.Published 8 months ago by Deon
All kinds of poker games. Great for looking up or deciding a new game to play. Easy to understand how each game is played.Published on August 26, 2013 by SK16117
I had looked many times for a book like this when our poker games got boring. This solved the problem, plus it's good reading. I purchased 3, two as gifts and one for myself.Published on December 21, 2012 by Sharon
Who plays with a 10 cent ante these days? Lots of poker info but somewhat outdated and uninteresting. I'm sure there are better poker books out there somewhere.Published on September 10, 2011 by MrBankz