At first you might react the way I did when I saw the recently published book, “A Girls Guide to Poker” by Amanda Botfeld. Why would I want to learn to play poker from some unknown random woman when there are thousands of serious “how-to-play” poker books already written by well-respected, experienced poker players?
But as I began to look into Ms. Botfeld, I realized that she was an established researcher/writer based in Washington D.C. and not a well-known poker expert; in other words, I could definitely relate. Turns out she had a rudimentary knowledge of poker, but not nearly enough to compete in an online tournament or at a casino, kinda like me. So she decided to write a book, hoping it would encourage women to learn to play poker with confidence.
And this is a book that’s fun and easy to understand, written for people who don’t play poker- at least not well. It has a decidedly female flair, as it teaches the ins and outs of the game we all want to learn how to play, and does it with style, sophistication and girlish glam. But don’t misunderstand. This isn’t a book that talks down to women; it just totally “gets” what women want. It’s feminine, but very sharp, as most of us women are. It’s even funny and playful in a way that most women would want her best poker-playing girlfriend to be.
Nevertheless, Botfeld is very serious about the game and that comes through. She has definitely done her homework. She delves into all the important information that basic poker studies go through – the possibilities of making certain hands, for example – and offers precise and accurate information throughout the book.
In fact, The Girl’s Guide isn’t just for girls; guys can improve their poker skills before sitting down at their poker tables for their weekly game, as long as they’re not too proud to read this entertaining and highly informative book.
Poker games and poker tournaments can be found almost anywhere in the world, and even if you go to some remote island on vacation, the hotel is likely to have an internet connection and you can log in to your favorite online casino and play to your heart’s content. Or at the very least, you can play for as long as you can afford to.
When your opponents, family or friends see you doing this, their immediate thoughts are that you are a poker fanatic. These are the top ten signs that they are right:
If you witness something bad happening your first thought is “That’s a bad beat.”
You claim that you know exactly what cards every player has, even when you’re not in the game.
When you count, you always follow “8, 9, 10” with “Jack, Queen, King, Ace.”
Every person that beats you, pisses you off, or just irritates you, and they are just “donkeys” to you.
If you could, you would celebrate your wedding anniversary by watching a poker tournament on TV.
When booking any hotel room you make sure they have a computer connected to the Internet. That way you can still play online while everyone else goes to the beach.
You can’t help yourself; when you pay for anything you stack up your cash in neat little piles before pushing them to the teller.
You always think you’re the best poker player at any poker table.
When you lose you can’t accept it graciously and always go on “Tilt”
Whenever you lose a hand, you’ll make statements like “I’m just setting traps,” “I knew exactly what he had.”
There are probably many more clear signs that tell everybody just how big of a poker fiend you really are. You’re welcome to send us any that you can come up with, just send them to us by clicking on the link below.
Last year about this same time we had several people who wanted to know our opinion on the right poker table they should get. Some of them wanted something that they could easily store away when not in use, while others wanted to set up their man cave with just the right table or tables for their in home tournaments. Our answers were simple and here they are revisited for all of you who have recently posed the same questions to us.
There are various kinds of poker tables available in the market and choosing the right poker table for your game room is important. There are folding poker tables that are excellent for the casual home or office games, and there is a variety of table tops that are easy to store away in your closet or take with you on trips. And, of course, there are the professional poker tables that would fit in the best game room in your house, office, ManCave, or poker room.
First thing you need to decide is what kind of table you want. Choose our Aces Pro Poker Table, a 96 inch portable table (pictured above) that you can fold up and store or carry away or a permanent piece of furniture like our 101.5 inch Lumen Poker table (pictured below). You can also choose from standard casino style tables to octagonal folding tables or table tops and with different color felts, with the most popular being green – but they also come in red, black or blue felts to complement your décor. If you take your game seriously then your poker table needs to be a comfortable place for your friends to gather and play for hours. Choose wisely and have fun. And don’t forget, all our tables can be customized with your logo, name, or just about any graphic you would like.
We have a lot of great tables to choose from, as well as tons of other poker supplies, make sure to look around the store and call or email us if you need more information about any of the products we carry.