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How to Play Poker: And Other Gambling Card Games Paperback – March 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600609227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600609223
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian D. Tomcik on March 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a novice poker player, I was looking to find a book that explained the general concepts of poker and also specifics on the popular variations without getting drowned in tables upon tables of odds and blah blah blah. The book covers Draw, Stud, Hold 'Em and Omaha poker, along with a small section that covers other card gambling games like baccarat and blackjack. The section on blackjack even has basic strategy tables for memorization.

The book opens with some poker history and then goes into general rules of the game, ranking of hands, time limits, seating, dealing, betting limits, wild cards, etc. Then the book goes into the specifics of Draw Poker.

The section on Draw poker in my opinion is great. I really liked how the book clearly explained how draw poker is played. The sections on the arithmetic of poker were very helpful with some odds tables and a brief section on expectations (comparing pot odds with card odds). Plus there were several strategies for before and after the draw. Very helpful and clearly explained.

The same goes for the section on Stud Poker, with both 5-card and 7-card being covered. The sections on Hold 'Em and Omaha are short but sweet with strategies outlined for before and after the flop without burying you in useless charts of odds. The strategies also consider position and your hole-cards. There are also several pages on bluffing techniques and poker etiquette.

For someone starting out in poker I would highly recommend this book. I use it a lot more than the other poker books I bought to expand my knowledge of the game.
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I guess I must have missed "Poker 101" in college. (We played euchre.)Now that poker is a voyeuristic "sport" broadcast on TV and the terminology is leaking over into everyday life it could be helpful to know something of the game without necessarily playing it. And if you want to play...where do you start? This book was PERFECT for my needs. I just wanted to understand the rudiments of the game...what wins when, the order of betting, how to raise, call etc. No fancy "poker theories" just the nuts and bolts...and in a clear and concise format. Excellent graphics allow you to follow the play and understand the progression of the game. The book covers several of the major ways of playing poker so you aren't stuck with great knowledge about only how to play 5 card stud or texas hold'em. Great buy for the newby or the intellectually curious who had to take that seminar with Sister Mary Hitler on "The Primal Shrug" instead of something that would have really helped you in life...like how to play poker.
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I am not a card player and have no aspirations to become one. I just wanted a basic knowledge of the game so I can understand what people are talking about. This book provided it for me, in a way that was fun and easy. Its excellent explanations of 5-card stud enabled me to follow all the action in The Cincinnati Kid and increased my enjoyment of that movie immeasurably. The book even contains an analysis of the last hand played in that film - and tells why neither player was really very good! Just what I was looking for.
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