| 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.
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.