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Books On Playing Poker

Guest Author - Paula Laurita

Poker is a popular pass time with players of all ages. With poker shows frequently on TV, people want to learn about the game.

Just as many people turned to board games in the 80s, high school students, college students, business people, and families have turned to poker as a way to have fun and connect to each other. The bluffing, posturing, and the "risk" is exciting to some. Players are competing based on brain power, not physical ability.

Even online poker allows players to connect with others. It is estimated that 50 to 80 million Americans play poker either online or in person. For many young players poker has replaced video games.

52 Tips for Texas Hold 'em Poker, by Barry Shulman
The publisher of Card Player magazine presents a book for the beginner and experienced player. It is as the title describes, a book of tips. These tips are broken down into categories: Playing Before the Flop, Playing on the Flop, Playing on the Turn, Playing on the River and More Hold’em Concepts You Should Know. A good choice for someone wanting to learn or improve their game.

Aces and Kings: Inside Stories and Million-Dollar Strategies from Poker's Greatest Players, by Brad Reagan & Michael Kaplan
One of the reasons that people like to watch poker on television is the colorful characters involved. By telling the stories of champions, such as, Doyle Brunson, "Amarillo Slim" Preston, Chris Moneymaker, Howard "The Professor" Lederer this book educates the reader about poker strategy. Where do these champions come from? How did they get into the game? Reagan and Kaplain answer these questions in a fun and entertaining manner.

The Bad Ass Girl's Guide To Poker: All You Need To Beat The Boys, by Toby Leah Bochan
Poker isn't just for the guys. This book is written for women interested in playing and winning at poker. The author holds a MFA in writing, and her style shows. This is the poker manual for those who would rather read a Stephanie Plum mystery than a how-to-manual. While there are tips for flirting, this book is more about having fun playing the game than trying to get a date.

Deal Me In! Online Cardrooms, Big Time Tournaments, and The New Poker, by Glenn McDonald
Playing poker isn't just sitting around the kitchen table on a Saturday night or going to Vegas. Millions of people play poker online. A few years ago one the winners of a national poker championship qualified for the game by playing online. It is possible to lay online poker safely and responsibly. McDonald lays out what you need to know to get started. This is not a major strategy guide. It does contain helpful information and a tear-out card with tips and poker vocabulary. There is information about the free-money cardrooms (you don't play with real money) so you can enjoy playing the game without gambling the rent money.

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