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Introduction Chapter 1: The Stone-Cold Basics There Is No Magic Formula Every Hand Is a Lesson The Cards There Is Always Another Hand Rank of Hands The Game Antes and Blinds The Art of the Deal The Betting Chapter 2: The Rules of the Games Table Stakes Texas HoldÆem Seven-Card Stud Five-Card Stud Draw Poker Omaha High Omaha Eight or Better Some Other Great Games Chapter 3: Skill, Not Luck You Have the Right to Choose How You Make Money at Poker A Home Game with Your Homies Getting Along The Typical Home Game Winning in a Home Game Common Mistakes Chapter 4: Odds and Probability in Poker Get the Odds on Your Side Figuring Potential, Knowing Your Outs Pot Odds to the Rescue Using Pot Odds Before the River Other Applications for Pot Odds The Seductive World of ôImplied Oddsö Chapter 5: On to the Casino! Your First Casino Game Poker Table Protocol Be Wary When æMuckingÆ Your Hand Beating the Rake Decisions, Decisions! HoldÆem, Stud, or Omaha Are You Really Ready to Play? Chapter 6: Show Me the Money! Buying In: How Much Is Enough? Playing the Rush, Cutting Your Losses Take Your Money and Run The Stakes Should Help You, Hurt Others Games Change Over Time Chapter 7: Casino Poker(YouÆre on the ProsÆ Turf Switching Gears from Your Home Game Reading Players: Home vs. Casino Other Differences: Home vs. Casino Choose Your Tablemates Wisely Playing in a Loose Games Recognizing a Tight Game Chapter 8: Betting: The Language of Poker The Safety Zone Making a Statement Bet Like You Mean It When Not to Bet Either Raise or Fold, but Rarely Call Hammer Your Foes with Raises Chapter 9: The Weapons of Position and Isolation What Is Position? Why Position Is Crucial Stealing Blinds, Stealing Pots The Concept of Isolation Who to Target for Isolation Setting a Trap Chapter 10: Bluffing: PokerÆs Treacherous Heart What Is Bluffing? The Benefits of the Bluff Aggressive Play When to Bluff The ôSemi-Bluffö Is a Moneymaker Who to Bluff Your Risk Chapter 11: Control Who You Are, Control the Game What Is Table Image? The Timid Type The Bully Type The Thinker Tourists and Top Players Chapter 12: Tells: The Subtle Roadmap to Riches What Are Tells? Tells Reveal Deception Unconscious Tells Some Reliable Tells Words Will Sometimes Hurt You Is Your Opponent Bluffing? Chapter 13: Tell(s) Me More! A Bluffing-Tell Quandary Clues to Playing Style Study the Players to Dig Up Deceit Your OpponentsÆ Unguarded Moments Handling the Cards: Information Overload False Tells Chapter 14: Your Opponents: ItÆs a Jungle Out There! The Four Classic Styles of Play The Game Itself Has a Personality Strategy Against the Four Types What Does It Mean When They Bet? A Cast of Characters Is the Perfect Poker Player Female? Chapter 15: Texas HoldÆem: The ProsÆ Game Why HoldÆem Is Hot The Effect of Shared Cards The Power: High Cards and Kickers Starting Hands: Choose Wisely! Different Starting Hand Philosophies Playing High Pocket Pairs Playing Medium and Low Pairs The Power Hands Suited Connectors(and More Playing the Blinds Chapter 16: HoldÆem: The Flop, the Turn, and the River Was It Good for You? So Many Flops, So Little Time Strategy and Tactics on the Flop Getting a Free Card Playing on the Turn Playing on the River Chapter 17: Seven-Card Stud: A Hand of OneÆs Own Stud and HoldÆem: Like Night and Day The Board-Card Bonanza Starting Hands: The Crucial Decision Some Significant Stud Odds The Importance of ôLiveö Cards Seven-Stud Strategy and Shortcuts Be a Stud at Seven-Card Stud Chapter 18: Online Poker: The GenieÆs Out of the Bottle The Double-Edged Sword of Internet Poker Online Strategy Changes Gambling With Invisible Cards Four Methods of Online Cheating Cheating by Sites? DonÆt Bet the Farm Chapter 19: Tournament Poker: Your Dream Come True? All or Nothing ItÆs About Survival Rebuys and Add-ons Chip Position and Stack Size Tournaments Change Speeds The Four Stages of a Tournament What if You Are Outclassed? Getting It Heads-up All-in Tournament Tips Chapter 20: PokerÆs Future, Your Future Farewell to the Smoke-Filled Rooms? Your Lifelong Poker Game If You Are Losing(a Lot When ItÆs Time to Move Up Have Fun Around the Green Felt Love the Game Appendix A: Talk the Talk: Glossary of Poker Terms Appendix B: Book ÆEm! Further Reading
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Poker, Gambling systems