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Scott Blumstein is 2017 World Champion

Poker is the major gambling game played in the world today. Everyone knows something about the game. It is a game of skill and luck, a combination that provides eternal enjoyment for players and onlookers.

Poker and poker-like games are played all over the world because the easy format of play makes it possible for friends to get together. In view of that it also makes sense to adopt a couple of standard games with standard rules so that all people can play on the same level. That has basically happened with minor problems.

Poker is world-wide and the undisputed home is America, although the rest of the world is catching up. The game suits the temperament of the people and a way of life that is based so heavily on money. There are more poker players in the USA (estimated at 40 million) than anywhere else although playing online is not yet legal. However New Jersey and Nevada are moving towards legal online gambling and so many others will follow.

The strategy behind poker depends on how good your opponents are. The best poker players on earth will usually be aggressive and try to steal your chips in a hurry. In a big poker tournament like the World Series, it's probably a good idea in the early stages to take it slow and be selective about which hands you play.
 
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 8,000 players.

Beginners
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.

 
 
Of course we have the long standing Guardian Poker Column, currently written by Victoria Coren. Victoria shares her poker experiences with everyday players as she mixes her life with her secret passion.
 
 
 
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