Learn from the professionals: how to beat the odds at poker with winning strategies, skills and tactics. This is a complete introduction to the basic elements of the game, including the rules, how to play a good hand, betting structures, calculating odds, card reading, the art of bluffing, and tips for success for players at all levels. It explores the history and culture of the game, including poker legends, the traditions of the American Wild West, memorable games and notable players around the world. It includes draw poker, five-card stud and seven-card stud, Texas Hold 'em and Omaha, as well as online poker, the casino experience, cash games and tournaments. Poker is a game of skill, bluff, deception and sometimes a little luck. This book details the house rules, sequence of play, betting terms, structure and showdown, as well as card reading, body language and the art of bluffing. For more advanced players, the betting structures are outlined, as are the subtle differences between cash games versus tournaments. The casino experience is explored, along with the regulations and conventions in different parts of the globe.This comprehensive, practical book is suitable for beginners and advanced players alike, and will teach all the tips, tricks and tactics that make poker one of the world's most thrilling games.