Poker Law Bulletin – Texas Hold’Em

pokerAt a time when new poker books are pouring onto store shelves, Dennis Purdy is the first author to offer a unique approach to learning poker with The Illustrated Guide to Texas Hold’Em. The former gambling pro uses a visual problem-solving approach rather than a textual approach at teaching poker strategy.

The first three chapters of the guide start off very similarly to many beginner books on the poker market, covering the basic rules of how to play Hold’Em, what you might wear to a table, how much you should buy-in for and some rules of good poker etiquette. The fourth chapter presents eight brief rules of ‘good basic poker strategy’ followed by a detailed explanation of actual odds and pot odds. Chapter five is where this book becomes unique as the next 300 pages are filled with 150 different, illustrated Texas Hold’Em poker scenarios, matched with the author’s answer to each of the practice situations! Purdy ends the book with a noteworthy 30 page poker terminology glossary.

The cover indicates that this guide may make a winner out of an advanced player but this book was really designed to captivate those unlikely readers that shy away from the other poker books already published. The introduction warns that this book is not ‘targeted towards sophisticated and knowledgeable players’, and I would agree. Advanced players will find too many examples stating ‘the obvious’ like situation #2: folding 27 offsuit before the flop.

Purdy’s advice is mostly in-line with most other poker authors however there are certainly some debatable answers to a few of his problems (i.e. Problem #46 suggests to cap the betting with 36s pre-flop?). There is often more than one correct way to play any individual poker hand however I sometimes found myself wondering why Purdy would suggest such advanced plays, especially since these situations can be easily misinterpreted by new players. The intention of this guide may have been to give definitive situational advice to poker scenarios, however, I suggest that readers actually place more importance on the general strategy advice given in the answers rather than the specific action to take. It’s really the whole strategic approach you take to the game that will make the most difference in your results.

The visual representation of each of the poker situations is by far this book’s greatest asset. I personally know readers to have picked up this book after ignoring the other acclaimed texts on the premise of its simple and fun-looking learning method. Another quality point is that no commitment is needed as the reader can easily review a couple pages and put the book back down again without losing the value of the material. The teaching pattern also follows through with its ideas, enabling the reader to encounter the same notions and strategies in various problems throughout the book (for example, each of situations #17, #38 & #148 address folding small pocket pairs in early position before the flop).

Due to the popular nature of problem solving game books, this style of teaching poker is expected to appeal to many players and will most likely be adopted in more books to come. Like many books of its nature, The Illustrated guide to Texas Hold’Em is not recommended as the only book to teach you sound poker strategy, but as a visual practice supplement for those players not interested in studying the more technical texts. Readers that insist on keeping the fun and excitement first and foremost in their poker education will appreciate this chance to learn without being bogged down with abstract concepts or complicated terminology.

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One of the all time favorite games over the internet is poker and it more than just another game. There is a strategy that goes behind playing and winning in poker and it is not as easy as you may think. There are different types of poker games available online like Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Stud, and 1 on 1 poker. The Texas Hold’em Poker games can be played with limit, no limit and pot limit. In No Limit, as the name suggests there are no limits to the size of the bets and you can play it with a small blind and a big blind. In fixed limit, the table is set depending on the size of the blind.

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The Texas Hold’em blinds range in any of these online clubs normally varies from $.05/.10 to $100/200 for limit. You will find various other options or tournaments in Poker like the Sit and Go rounder tournaments where you can buy in from just $5.50 in round 1. In Round 2, you can buy in for $27.50 and the winner can pocket a cool $3000. Online poker rooms also host multi-table tournaments with a Buy in of $101 for a $250,000 guarantee and $3.50 buy in for a $1200 guarantee. They can have as many as 18 single table tournaments daily with 20 seats and a buy in of $2 and a fee of $0.50 and $2 freeze-outs.

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Most online poker rooms also offer a number of free-rolls where the prize pool for Texas Hold’em is $1000 in a No Limit tournament and for a 7-card stud it is $250. Apart from this, there is a $5000 monthly free-roll as well as $2000 monthly new player free-roll with a re-buy of $5.


The software varies from one poker room to another and can be downloaded from their portal. For example, the 32Red poker software is enabled with features like:

* Player Notes: The Player Notes feature will help you to enter information about other players at the table.

* Game Statistics: This feature displays your personal game statistics with details of number of games won, and showdowns won.

* 1-on-1 Poker Action

* Find a Player

* Multi-Table View: This is one of the indispensable features of 32Red. This feature will help you to view up to 4 tables at a time.

* Hand Description: When you activate this feature, you will be able to see your current poker hand at the table.

* Game Markers: An interesting feature, it will show the amount of money in the pot as it grows, and the number of players still in the game.


There is a standby support team at all online poker game rooms 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also use the chat option to speak to speak to an expert player support representative in real time.

Funding methods

You can deposit using a Credit Card, NETeller, Moneybookers, EcoCard, Ukash, Direct Wire Transfer, and cash.

Withdrawal Methods

You can cash out using a Credit Card, NETeller, Moneybookers, EcoCard, Ukash, Direct Wire Transfer, and cash.

Loyalty Programs

Different online poker rooms have different types of Membership offerings and loyalty programs. You can get discounts at the table or while buying poker chips and get extra bonus every month.

Some of the online poker rooms also offer tournaments where you will get to win big and also play with the best in the game. Of course, it is up to you how you want to play your poker. Once you have enough experience playing online, you can buy your own poker table and start rolling. A table for 10 people will have a dimension of 2,330 x 1,090 x 760mm. The most popular tables are the wooden ones with stainless steel cups. To make it more interesting, you can even buy a double side reversible poker blackjack table with a dimension of 48” x 48”.

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