You've got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them--and these professional strategies for winning at the poker table will show you how to handle the cards, beat the odds, and win. Success at poker is a matter of mathematics, and the tactics are easy to learn with this clear-cut advice on starting hands, profitable table conditions, dangerous card combinations, techniques for reading opponents, and much more. A triumph at the table begins with the fundamentals, such as understanding the difference between luck and skill and being able to rank the hands. Find out exactly what separates private from casino poker; insider tips on betting, raising, and folding; and information on poker economics, the "flop" (when five cards are revealed), and poker variations. "Smarter Bet Factoids" appear throughout, providing at-a-glance poker wisdom. Possible scenarios that might occur at the casino are revealed, with suggestions for dealing with them.