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Understanding Poker

Like a house, poker requires a foundation. Only when that foundation is solidly in place can you proceed to build on it. When all the structural elements are in place, you can then add flourishes and decorative [more…]

Playing Texas Hold'em Move by Move

Like all poker games, Hold'em has a very specific order in which the cards are dealt and played. [more…]

Understanding the Basics of Gin Rummy

Gin Rummy is very similar in aim to regular Rummy, but Gin has some additional wrinkles that make it a more interesting and challenging game.

To play Gin Rummy, you need the following: [more…]

The Play of the Hand at Bridge

After the bidding for tricks, the play begins. Either your team or the other team makes the final bid. Let's pretend that you make the final bid — for nine tricks. Therefore, your goal is to win at least [more…]

Acquainting Yourself with Euchre

Euchre is an excellent card game, simple in concept but with a high degree of subtlety in the play. The game also offers myriad variations, because it can be played with any number of players and as a [more…]

Avoiding Common Mistakes at Texas Hold'em

Everybody makes mistakes as they play cards. The wise learn and get better. The rest pull out another bill and feed everyone else at the table. [more…]

Mastering the Art of Bluffing in Poker

Some players — and it's only a few of them, to be sure — never bluff. After you figure out who they are, playing against them is easy. If they bet once all the cards are out, you can safely throw your [more…]

Starting a Bridge Game: Dealing and Bidding

Obviously, more is involved in playing a game of bridge than you can collect in one or two articles. If playing bridge were that simple, it wouldn't be half as challenging, rewarding, and fun. Here is [more…]

Playing a Hand of Seven-Card Stud Poker

Seven-Card Stud requires patience. Because you're dealt three cards right off the bat — before the first round of betting — it's important that these cards are able to work together before you enter a [more…]

Improving Your Home Game of Hold'em

Playing poker at home means you get to see your pals and you don't get chewed up by the rake. To improve your home games of Hold'em or any other kind of poker, outfit the gameroom [more…]

Posting Blinds in Texas Hold'em

In order to start betting in Hold'em, forced bets (known as blinds) are made by the two players immediately clockwise from the dealer button. The person immediately clockwise from the dealer has the [more…]

Understanding the Basics of Trump Suits in Bridge

In bridge, the bidding often designates a suit as the trump suit. If the final contract has a suit associated with it, spade 4, heart 3, diamonds 2, or even clubs 1, for example, that suit becomes the [more…]

Recognizing the Basic Types of Trading Cards

Although the artwork changes and the numbers move all over the place, some basic concepts stay true across all (or at least almost all) trading card games — and that includes the type of cards in the set [more…]

Talking the Talk in Poker

The colorful quotations you hear in poker can be based on real events or just made up from long ago. Here is a list of some popular quotations along with an explanation of what a person really means when [more…]

Analyzing What You Have for a Trading Card Game

Although you need solid gameplay skills to win at trading card games, you also need to invest time figuring out what the cards do and how they interact with each other. Discerning each card's basic strengths [more…]

Playing Beggar My Neighbor

Beggar My Neighbor, a card game suitable for small children that's also known as Beat Your Neighbor Out of Doors and Strip Jack Naked, is a very simple game, requiring no strategy or planning at all. The [more…]

Meeting the Many Trading/Collectible Card Games That Await You

Since its beginnings in 1993, the collectible games market absolutely exploded, both in size and type of game. Even though trading card games launched the industry's ship, a whole variety of collectible [more…]

Great Gifts for the Game Player You Adore

What can I get her? What does she need?" Ah, there it is — the questions that ring loudly from house after house during the holiday season each year. You know that your gamer plays [more…]

Being Kind to Your Bridge Partner

Most bridge players value a reliable, happy partner above anything else. It's important to the success of your partnership that you work together as a team. You both want to win, so you can't gain anything [more…]

Playing in Novice Bridge Tournaments

After you gain some confidence with your play, you may consider the next big step: playing in a novice tournament. You can find these novice tournaments staged at your local bridge club. [more…]

Playing Eights: Simple Is as Simple Does

What could be simpler than Eights? Until you add a few complexities, Eights is not a challenging game.

To play Eights, you require the following: [more…]

Rough Odds for Texas Hold’em

Playing poker is about playing the odds. The following list gives the odds for outcomes in Texas Hold’em hands. When you realize how heavily the odds are stacked against you, you may want to rethink going [more…]

Texas Hold’em Bluffing Tips

What makes any poker game exciting, and Texas Hold’em is certainly no exception, is that players can bluff at any point. Sometimes half the fun of a game is seeing whether you can successfully bluff an [more…]

Poker Etiquette for Texas Hold’em

The etiquette tips in the following list apply to Texas Hold’em and to any other poker game. Sure, you can have fun while you play poker, but you can have all the fun you want without being impolite to [more…]

Online Poker Abbreviations for Texas Hold’em

Playing online poker in general, and Texas Hold’em in particular, is a very popular pastime. When you’re online, you may encounter abbreviations specific to the world of poker. To understand what other [more…]

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