A poker primer from the hosts and stars of the World Poker Tour, offering basic strategy, trivia, and an inside look at this runaway hit.
The World Poker Tour has revolutionized the game of poker by putting cameras under the table and raising awareness and enthusiasm to an international level. The World Poker Tour: Shuffle Up and Deal is aimed at the millions of passionate fans of the WPT, whether they're ambitious up–and–comers on the poker circuit, or casual players hoping to take the pot at their next Wednesday night game. Shuffle Up and Deal will be a solid poker primer, covering set–up, play, and basic poker strategy, along with many of the interactive elements of the WPT TV show: poker trivia, definitions of poker terms using examples from the show, profiles of WPT star players, insights into the world of professional poker, and an inside look at the show.
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Mike Sexton is a spokesman and commentator for the World Poker Tour. A former European poker champion with his own coveted World Series of Poker bracelet, Mike created the Tournament of Champions of Poker and also serves as the host for PartyPoker.com. He writes a regular column for Card Player Magazine, and has been a gymnast, ballroom dancer, and paratrooper in the U.S. Army.From Publishers Weekly:
Created for the millions of World Poker Tour (WPT) fans itching to get in on the action, this book offers no-nonsense tips for playing like a pro. Sexton, a former poker champion and spokesman for the WPT TV Show, outlines the rules and winning strategies of No Limit Texas Hold'em, a game that guarantees thrills by allowing players to bet all of their chips at one time. Responding to the rise in popularity of poker in the past few years, from TV shows to online gambling, the book contends that anyone can become a master, and it details all the tricks of the trade, from learning how to read other players to knowing how much to raise the pot. Although the tips are sometimes too abstract to be helpful-like the section on following your instincts, which vaguely insists, "you must have enough heart to take risks based on your feel for the situation"-there is enough concrete advice to truly improve one's game. One especially insightful chapter, dedicated entirely to online play, outlines the unique strategies of winning in cyberspace. Dispersed throughout are profiles of former WPT champions and facts about poker's history, and a glossary of terms is included for those who want to master the lingo before settling down at the table. Fans of the WPT will savor the anecdotes of this behind-the-scenes guide and, whether they dream of becoming the next World Champion or simply enjoy casual poker nights with friends, readers will be better equipped to win their next game.
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