| The World Series is held in Las Vegas every year and it attracts the finest players which makes for the
toughest tournaments. The Series now comprises of more than 50 tournaments culminating in the Championship event with a $10,000 entry fee and often attracting
Starting is the most difficult thing. You should try asking friends and see if there is enough interest to get a
home game going and then learn the basic games. Keep in mind that there is no way to play poker other than for money and so be prepared for that. Beginners
should keep stakes low yet be respectful of the meaning of the money. If the cash sums are treated as insignificant there will be little incentive to improve
skill in the game.
Some casinos are currently running beginners nights so that inexperienced players can compete in tournaments for low entry fees and
see what is required to develop their game. Some may run limit games for the players to hone their skills in the cash games as well. Check out the section on
Card Rooms for details or Card Room List for where they are.
Rules: Poker rules have a nasty habit of changing from country to country, city to city and even
from game to game. Its a good and bad feature of the game. In the first place the variations make poker flexible for all tastes but in the second it makes it
difficult to bring in new blood and spread the game itself. GGG describes poker rules and their useful variations.
What town you are in and where you are playing will pretty much determine what sort of poker you are playing.
There is however one obvious thing that is constant. Money. Money is the way to keep the score in this game and the best players usually walk away with most of
it. If you are a beginner or on your way up the experience ladder then don't be disheartened, there are plenty of ways to stay competitive and have fun. We
hope to help you on your way.
Cards and Chips Having good quality cards and chips are essential for creating a worthwhile poker
night experience in your own "home game". .
Poker Sites: Testing your skills at the tables for play money is a great option before jumping in with the
sharks. All of the good poker sites have free-play poker as well as for-money games. Sometimes you can
even trade your play chips for real chips.