your time. You don't have to let them rush you. And
you certainly don't have to let them confuse you.
Cardrooms have their own way of doing things. If you're
uncertain about a rule or procedure, just stop and
ask the dealer for an explanation.
Even though poker is probably the most popular card
game in America, twenty years ago only three states
had legal cardrooms. Today, public cardrooms are now
in sixteen states and private poker games are legal
in most states. The growth in the cardroom industry
is creating a surge of new interest in poker.
Since this recent growth of the cardroom industry
in the United States, procedural rules for the games
commonly played in cardrooms have become fairly standardized.
There's no central body that dictates procedures,
and every cardroom does have its own idiosyncrasies,
but cardrooms do tend to have many of the same procedures.
Hold'em, seven-card stud, and, to a lesser extent,
Omaha and Omaha hi/lo split (8 or better) are the
primary cardroom poker games spread. You'll sometimes
find seven-card stud hi/lo split (8 or better). The
rules for play in the standard games only have small
differences between cardrooms. Some players still
use the terms "Texas hold'em" and "Omaha
hold'em" to distinguish between these two games.
I don't do that-I just call the game when you get
two cards and combine zero, one, or two of them with
five, four, or three of the cards on the board hold'em
and the game where you get four cards and combine
two of them with three from the board Omaha.
This book covers the procedural aspects of these games,
then delves into the important strategic concepts
of poker. These concepts are common to all the games.
Because it's the most popular and most common casino
poker game, most of the examples I give involve hold'em.
The book does, however, cover the basics of all the
games typically found in cardrooms.