The poker revolution is complete. Once the preserve of shady characters gathered in backrooms, and basements, poker is now a mainstream pastime enjoyed by millions across the country, in home games, poker clubs, casinos and – of course – on the internet. Tournaments are televised nightly and celebrities are falling over each other to get a piece of the action. No-Limit Texas Hold’em is by far the most popular form of poker played today and this book – now in its revised, third edition – provides a comprehensive tutorial starting from square one. You will learn: – THE BASICS – rules, hand rankings, jargon and etiquette – PRINCIPLES OF PLAY – starting hands, when to bet, when to fold – POKER PSYCHOLOGY – playing styles, table image, tells and bluffs – THE MATHEMATICS – how to work the probabilities and odds – STRATEGY for online and face-to-face play – MANAGING YOUR MONEY & maximising your return – HOW TO BEAT THE CHEATS
Contents: Acknowledgements; Part 1 – Getting Started; Chapter One – Introduction; Chapter Two – Get started and learn the rules; Part II – No-limit hold’em strategy; Chapter 3 – Strategy overview; Chapter Four – The fundamentals of betting; Chapter Five – General playing considerations; Chapter Six – Pre-flop play; Chapter Seven – Playing the flop; Chapter Eight – Playing the turn; Chapter Nine – Playing the river; Chapter Ten – Deception; Chapter Eleven – Playing styles; Chapter Twelve – Poker psychology; Chapter Thirteen – Final thoughts on strategy; Part III – Online Poker; Chapter Fourteen – Getting started online; Chapter Fifteen – Strategy for online play; Part IV – Poker Variants; Chapter Sixteen – Poker variants explained; Chapter Seventeen – Poker tournaments; Part V – The Money: Making it and keeping it; Chapter Eighteen – Money management; Chapter Nineteen – Cheating; Chapter Twenty – Increasing your earnings; Part VI – Resources; Appendix A – Odds and probabilities; Appendix B – Expectation; Appendix C – Tables of odds; Appendix D – Further reading; Glossary; Online chat glossary; Index.