Getting to Know the Game of Poker

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If you are new to the game of poker, all the rules and variants can seem overwhelming. However, there are a variety of options to catch up on the competition. Poker is not a game that you can learn overnight, but if you put in the time and effort, it will definitely pay off.

One of the quickest steps to achieve this is to learn from a variety of different sources. A first way to do this is by getting to know the basics of the game. One key thing to understand is how different poker hands are ranked against each other to tell if you have the best odds to win the hand.

Now that you have a grasp on the basics of the game, another way to get an edge over the competition is to dive into books. There is an enormous number of books dedicated to learning about poker. With literally hundreds on the market, it is difficult to decide which is the best poker book to spend your time and money on. One prolific writer on the subject is David Sklansky, whose in-depth strategic advice is excellent for more experienced poker players who want to level up.

Matthew Hilger, another excellent poker writer, has a book dedicated to playing online Texas Hold’em. This will definitely be a book to purchase if you’re more interested in playing on casino websites than in person.

Finally, there are the books about the game itself. These books are not focused on strategic advice, but instead provide an insight into the history and culture of the game, telling personal stories along the way. One such famous book is Jesse May’s Shut Up and Deal, which tells the thinly fictionalised account of the Atlantic City poker scene in the early 1990s, soon after the legalisation of poker in the state. A fascinating read.