Guide to Successful Poker Playing For Beginners

When starting out playing poker, often players will have a hard time adjusting to the game and find themselves out of pocket on more than one occasion. However, if you follow the three simple tips presented here, you’ll be on the road to success in no time. These three core poker skills are; mathematics, discipline, and psychology. Mastering these skills will mean you’ll be able to read game situations and be able to capitalise on those moments that would have otherwise passed you by.

The first skill that needs to be mastered is basic mathematics. A solid poker player will know the probabilities within the game, and of specific card matchups. Along with all other card games poker is based largely on statistics and probabilities. Knowing when to fold and call the bet becomes second nature when understanding the probability behind hitting the flush or river card. Poor poker players disregard this aspect of the game, and thus suffer the consequences. Don’t be one of these players and make sure you understand the probabilities and thrive under it.

The second skill you should be focusing on is discipline. Poker is a game of great patience and for that patience you need strong discipline. Don’t play loose and take unnecessary gambles when the situation does not warrant it. A disciplined player understands when to play or when to fold their cards; they build an understanding of the game and only play when they have the advantage.

Last but most definitely not least is psychology. Reading your opponents and predicting their next moves is arguably the most important of all skills. Understanding what opposing players have in their hands, what they think you have, and what they think you think they have. Accurately predicting these three can give you a massive advantage over the other players. This is even more important in no-limit games to limit games, as bluffing is more prevalent.

Hand And Foot Card Game Directions

What are the Hand and Foot card game directions? This version of canasta is played with two sets of cards, a hand and a foot, unlike traditional canasta which is played with a just a hand. Here are your basic rules of play.

In Hand and Foot, you pick a partner and sit facing him/her. You will work as a team to beat the other team. First shuffle five or six decks together, including the jokers, and deal 11 cards to each player. This becomes their hand. Deal 11 more to each player face down, this will be their foot and cannot be looked at until all of the cards in their hand are played. Place the rest of the cards in the center of the table and turn over the first card.

The player to the left of the dealer will pick up 2 cards from the draw pile and to end his/her turn lay one down on the discard pile. Alternatively you can pick up cards from the discard pile instead of picking up two new cards from the draw pile, but, you must be able to use the bottom card, and it has to be used during that turn.

The aim of the games is to get rid of all of the cards in your hand and then all of the cards from your foot. This is done by melding. A meld is a set of three to seven cards of equal rank placed face up on the table. A meld cannot have fewer than three cards.

After a meld of three or more cards is laid down, you continue to add to it until there are seven. Then it becomes a Book. You can meld cards of any rank from A, K, Q… down to 3.

In hand and foot Deuces and Jokers are wild. They can be used in melds as long as there is at least one more real card than wild card in the meld. You cannot have a meld of wilds cards only. There are two kinds of melds. A clean meld has no wilds and may become a red book. A dirty meld has wilds and may become a black book.

Melds are laid face up for all to see, while complete books are piled upside down and a card is placed on top, face up to show the type, a red card for a clean red book, a black card for a dirty black book. Cards of equal rank can be played on completed books, but wild cards cannot be played on books.

You score points for cards in melds and books. If you did not go out, you lose points for cards in your hand and foot at the end of the game. Hand and foot card games end when someone gets rid of all the cards in their hand and foot.

Learning to Play Bridge with Audrey Grant – Book DVD Review

Have you ever been invited to go play bridge with friends and then felt kind of silly making an excuse because, well, like me perhaps, you didn’t know how? Guess what, I have news for you, it’s not that hard to learn don’t get angry, frustrated, or rant, just put your money on Audrey Grant.

Now then, even if you never get the chance to meet the international bridge playing guru, as I recently had the privilege of doing, you can still invest in her award winning DVD to teach you how to play the game like a pro, first time out – from the get go! The name of this DVD is:

“Learn to Play Bridge with Audrey Grant – Bridge Basics 1: an Introduction, DVD” By Audrey Grant, published by Great Games Products, Inc. (2010).

This is just an awesome presentation, even for someone like me who has never played bridge before. You know what, after watching this, I totally get it, seriously, I can do this – I can play bridge. I don’t want to decline any more when everyone else is having fun playing bridge, now I can say, “YES, I’m in!”

What’s so great about this DVD is that I can go back over whatever I need to know, brush up just before I am going to play, and I am ready to rock. This DVD, flash presentation is well-organized, easy to use, simple, understandable, well presented, and it flows from topic to topic. In fact, just as I thought I had a question, BOOM! There was the answer carefully and methodically displayed, as if it was reading my mind, wow, someone really understands us beginners – finally!

The price is more than fair. Indeed, I am surprised they didn’t charge more because to me its value is priceless. You know what? Anyone can play bridge – anyone! And I won’t have to worry about my mind deteriorating when I get a little older because I am going to keep it sharp, alert, and on the ball, enjoying a great game of bridge every week, or maybe 2 times per week – where ever I see people playing bridge I am ready to have some fun.

This DVD presentation is compatible with Windows XP and Vista operating systems both and it only takes up 600 MB to load, which is no problem for me, because I have an 80 GB hard drive and a MB (megabyte) is very small compared to a GB (gigabyte). The author of this excellent training and teaching tool is Audrey Grant, who just happens to be “THE” international expert on Bridge, and she is up to date on all the latest when it comes to playing bridge.

“Don’t be left with the water under the bridge, go get on top of your bridge game” is what I said to myself after watching this DVD, because I now have the confidence to get in there and play. I know it’s considered a game just for fun, but I want to play to win, and I have two things going for me; I have beginner’s luck, and I have Audrey Grant backing me up! Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this.

*Note: Under full disclosure ethical considerations, and FTC rules, I’d like my readers to know that I was given this DVD while sitting down with Audrey as we shared entrepreneurial stories and discussed hard work ethic, and later decided the DVD was so good, it deserved a review. I stand 100% behind my honest assessment, and now I have to go, I have a bridge game to play.