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Overview


This easy-to-read and oversized guide had been completely redesigned and reinvigorated and brings the original up-to-date by including greatly expanded sections on the trends that swept the poker world since its first publication: no-limit hold’em, tournament poker, championship events, televised games, and Internet poker. Warren has also greatly expanded the history of poker section and rewritten or expanded every section of the book to conform to the interests of today’s market. Packed with charts, diagrams, and detailed, easy-to-read examples, sidebars and call-outs on all aspects of the game, players learn everything they need to know to play and win at the many different versions of cardroom and home poker.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580422192
  • Publisher: Cardoza Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Series: Big Book of... Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Ken Warren is the author of the biggest selling hold‘em book of all time, Winner’s Guide to Texas Hold‘em Poker, and two other books as well as being a multiple tournament winner so good that Las Vegas poker rooms asked him not to play in their tournaments to give other players a chance. In August, 1992, Warren played in and won the very first hand of legal poker dealt in Mississippi in the twentieth century.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
Chapter 1 History of Poker 15
The Evolution of Poker and Playing Cards 16
Chapter 2 How to Play 33
The Object of the Game 33
The Number of Players 34
The Cards 34
Poker Chips 34
Types of Poker Games 35
Ranking of Poker Hands 36
Betting Basics 39
How to Play Poker 41
How Play Begins 42
What to Do When It Is Your Turn to Play 42
What Betting Is All About 43
The Five Options Looked at More Closely 43
Learning the Options Is Easy 44
How a Betting Round Ends 44
The Showdown and How to Win 45
Betting Structures Used In Poker 46
Betting Limits 47
Some Quick Terms 48
Chapter 3 Keeping Records 51
Future Records 56
Hourly Rate 57
Sample Record Sheet 59
Chapter 4 Five-Card Stud 61
Play of The Game 61
The Strategy 62
Five-Card Stud Probability 64
Variations of Five-Card Stud 66
Chapter 5 Seven-Card Stud 69
Play of The Game 69
The Ante 70
Starting Hands 71
Types of Starting Hands 71
Third Street Strategy 72
Fourth Street Strategy 75
Fifth Street Strategy 77
Sixth Street Strategy 78
Seventh Street Strategy 78
Strategy Summary 80
19 More Strategy Tips 80
Variations of Seven-card Stud 83
Chapter 6 Five-Card Draw 87
How to Play Five-Card Draw 87
Helpful Hints for Playing 88
Strategy Guidelines and Tips 89
Variations of Five-Card Draw 95
Median Hands 97
Chapter 7 Texas Hold'em 99
Betting Limits 99
Number of Players 100
High Hand Wins 100
Small Blind and Big Blind 100
Play of the Game 100
The Flop 101
The Turn 102
The River 102
The Showdown 102
The Importance of Position 102
Starting Hands 103
Choosing a Game and a Seat 104
The Importance of Raising 105
Playing in Late Position 106
Playing with an Ace 107
Overcalling 108
Dominated Hands 109
Playing on the Flop 109
Playing against the Blinds 109
Reading Hands 110
Summary 111
Chapter 8 Omaha 113
56 Ways Omaha Differs from Hold'em 114
Summary 123
Omaha Hand Selection Tips and Guidelines 123
Hand Selection Summary 128
Omaha Drawing Odds from a Deck of Forty-five Unseen Cards 129
Omaha 8 or Better Odds 130
Omaha Odds of Interest 130
Chapter 9 Jackpots 133
Jackpot Odds 137
Odds Against Hitting a Jackpot (Texas hold'em) 139
Chapter 10 Pineapple Hold'em 143
Chapter 11 Liar's Poker 147
How to Play Liar's Poker 148
The Object of the Game 150
Play of the Game 150
Tips for Playing Liar's Poker 151
Chapter 12 Home Poker Games 153
Popular Home Games 157
Chapter 13 Pot Odds 161
Chapter 14 Tournaments 169
Top 41 Tournament Tips 169
Chapter 15 Bluffing 183
Favorable Times To Bluff 186
Unfavorable Times to Bluff 188
Your Opponent Might Be Bluffing if ... 189
Chapter 16 The Science of Tells 191
General Advice 191
Specific Tells 193
How to Be Telless 197
Chapter 17 Money Management 199
The Top 10 Money Management Principles 200
Money Management in a Casino 202
The Big Advantage of Being a Poker Player 203
Money Management for the Poker Game 204
Money Management While You're Playing 208
Summary 212
Chapter 18 Rate Your Poker Room 213
Accessibility 214
The Poker Room 214
Customer Service 214
Food and Drink Service 215
Promotions 215
Riverboat Casino Poker Rooms 216
Chapter 19 Cheating at Poker 219
1. Passive Cheating 221
2. Pot Work 223
3. Marked Cards 224
4. Manipulating the Cards 228
5. Collusion 230
6. Professional Cheating 231
7. Protection Against Cheating 233
8. Catching Cheaters 234
Chapter 20 The Smartest and Dumbest Thing I've Ever Seen (In a Casino Poker Room) 235
Chapter 21 No-Limit Poker 239
Advantages of No-Limit Over Limit Poker 240
Main Characteristics of No-Limit Poker 241
General Advice for No-Limit 242
No-Limit Poker's Golden Rule 244
How the Average Person Can Play No-Limit 244
A No-Limit Poker Question 245
Chapter 22 Internet Poker 247
Internet Casinos 248
Internet Poker Rooms 253
Poker and Your Computer 255
www.rec.gambling.poker.com (rgp) 257
Chapter 23 Poker and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 259
Top 10 Tax Reporting Facts and Guidelines 259
Chapter 24 A Card Trick: How to Count Down a Deck of Cards 267
Chapter 25 The Ten Most Important Poker Skills 273
Chapter 26 Poker Personalities 277
Poker Legends of the Past 277
Poker Legends of the Present 284
Chapter 27 World Series of Poker 287
Glossary 305
Index 319
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