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Texas Hold'em For Dummies



Texas Hold'em For Dummies

Mark Harlan

ISBN: 978-1-118-05073-6 March 2011 288 Pages

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Turn on the TV, drop by a newsstand, or just browse the checkout your local supermarket and you'll see firsthand that Texas Hold 'Em is the poker game everyone's playing. It's a game that's deceptively simple, yet within its easy framework you’ll find truth and trickery, boredom and fear, skill and misfortune—in other words, all the things that make life fun and worth living!

Texas Hold'em For Dummies introduces you to the fundamental concepts and strategies of this wildly popular game. It covers the rules for playing and betting, odds, etiquette, Hold'em lingo, and offers sound advice to avoid mistakes. This handy reference guide gives new and even seasoned players winning strategies and tactics not just for playing the game, but for winning. You'll learn:

  • Rules and strategies for limit, no-limit, tournament, and online play
  • How to "play" the other players
  • The importance of your bankroll—recommended sizes and more
  • Hands you should and should not play
  • How to camouflage your play and dodge traps
  • When, who, and how to bluff
  • How to maximize your win with check-raising and trapping
  • The different approaches for playing in private games, casinos, card rooms, tournaments, and on the Internet
  • How to use mathematics to your advantage

Texas Hold 'Em is  a game of both skill and chance. But it's a game that can be beaten, and whether you want to make money, sharpen your game, or just have a good time, Texas Hold 'Em for Dummies will give you the winning edge.


Part I: Everything’s Bigger in Texas: Welcome to Texas Hold’em!

Chapter 1: A Bird’s-Eye View of Texas Hold’em.

Chapter 2: Ranking and Reading a Hand.

Chapter 3: Just Tell Me How to Play: Texas Hold’em Basics.

Part II: Texas Hold’em: Play by Play.

Chapter 4: Beginning with Two.

Chapter 5: Flopping ’Til You’re Dropping.

Chapter 6: Taking Your Turn.

Chapter 7: Dipping in the River.

Part III: Movin’ On to Higher Stakes: Advanced Strategies of Hold’em.

Chapter 8: Playing the Players.

Chapter 9: Bluffing: When Everything Isn’t What It Appears to Be.

Chapter 10: Maximizing Your Win: Check-Raising and Trapping.

Chapter 11: Camouflaging Your Play and Dodging Traps.

Chapter 12: Considering Mathematics.

Chapter 13: Advancing Your Knowledge.

Part IV: Casinos, Card Rooms, and the Internet: Places to Play Hold’em.

Chapter 14: There’s No Place Like Home: Playing in Private Games.

Chapter 15: Opting for the Internet: Online Games.

Chapter 16: Harrah’s, Here I Come: Playing in Card Rooms.

Chapter 17: Competing in Tournaments.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Differences between Online and Real-World Play.

Chapter 19: Ten (Or So) Common Mistakes.

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Improve Your Home Game.

Chapter 21: Ten Bad Beats.

Chapter 22: Ten Things You Can Do to Improve Your Hold’em Game.