Author(s): TREVOR SIPPETS
Poker is a game of skill, bluff, deception and luck. All you need to get started is a deck of cards and a group of friends ready for hours of competition and excitement. The increase in the popularity of poker and its elevation from card game to cultural phenomenon has been a notable feature of the past decade.
This practical book provides all the basics you need to get started in poker, from jargon and history to rules, etiquette and winning strategies. All the essential elements of the game are laid out in simple-to-follow step-by-step detail: the house rules, the sequence of play, betting terms, the value of hands, and structure. Then the basic skills and tactics are outlined, including odds, card reading, body language and the art of bluffing.
All the most popular poker game variations are examined in detail: Five-card stud, Seven-card stud, Texas Hold'em, Omaha and more. And for each, there are lessons on the rules, then tips and strategies are explained with clear artworks showing poker hands both on and off the table.
This superb book, illustrated with over 300 colour images, will teach even the most amateur enthusiast everything they need to know about poker, and how to get started playing this highly enjoyable and competitive game.
Trevor Sippets is a keen amateur poker player with extensive experience of both cash and tournament games played online and in a live environment. Author of The Poker Directory for the Ivy Press (2005), he is currently accumulating material for a new book on the subject following a successful poker expedition to Las Vegas in November 2007.