The Poker Nook
Poker in our lives
Poker is actually a pretty fair metaphor for life. There's always risk
but there's always reward available for that risk. Patience, good
decision-making and a long-term view always pay off.
We met in mid-1997 at an Internet poker table and have been serious
students of the game at least that long. We have developed and taught
(to rave reviews!) a course in the fundamentals of serious poker since 2002.
New this year are a second, more advanced level of the Serious Poker
course, and a full-day seminar suitable for corporate training that
uses No-Limit Texas Hold'em as an environment in which to teach correct
behavior in high-risk high-reward environments. Email us for more info about this seminar. We
can also run a fun tournament for your company party... email for info.
Below are a few of the poker-related resources we find valuable.
The Rules of Poker
Casino-style poker is a game with some additional rules and
conventions over & above the beer-sodden games we played in
college. These rules exist to factor out luck, as far as
possible, and to ensure a fair game for everyone playing. Robert
Ciaffone, noted poker writer, has assembled these rules into book form
and made it freely available on the Internet. Download a copy here. You will
Acrobat Reader to open this document, which may be found here.
Local Poker Sites
A local site with mostly cogent discussion of poker strategy.
Majority of the participants are from Rochester or Buffalo.
Games & tourneys in the Buffalo area.
Informational Sites & Vendors
Jalib on HoldEm
Abdul writes extensively on poker, especially Texas Hold'Em. This stuff
is not for the faint of heart, it is VERY technical. My
recommendation is... skim it now, take a little bit from it, when you
are ready for more, go back and read it again. First feature
you'll most likely benefit from is his starting hands table. Yet
Card Player magazine
The monthly publication of record for the poker community. They also
sponsor cruises that have a heavy emphasis on poker-playing.... ("Port? What port? I'm in a hand! Can't you see there's
$1,200 in this pot?")
Conjelco is a purveyor of... well... every poker book you're
likely ever to need. Chuck Weinstock takes care of his customers with a
personal touch that no Amazon can possibly match.
Casino-style chips in cases, cards, tables... some very good deals.
An all-purpose informational site about poker. News and
instruction. Lots of ads.
PokerPages publishes a great email newsletter on what's shaking
in the world of serious poker, and also hosts a lot of very nice
freeroll tournaments. You can also find Bugsy's Club there, a
real-money poker room with lots of good tournament action and "Leagues"
where you can win additional cash.
The makers of the Turbo series of software. Highly
recommended for practice and training. (Wilson products are also
available at good prices from Conjelco)
Paradise Poker is the granddaddy of all online poker
rooms. The play-money games are pretty wild. For that
matter, so are the real-money games. $2/$4 level is where the crazies
start to fall away. They recently added some new games:
Pineapple, 5-Stud and 5-Draw. These attract players who have no
idea how to play them. No-limit and tournaments are our favorite
Party Poker has good low-stakes real money no limit and pot
limit games, as well as a pretty good selection of tournaments.
Planet Poker / MCU
Planet Poker includes an online cardroom of indifferent
quality. But the Mike Caro Universty section of the site is a
great resource to read up on strategy from Mike's... "unique"
Soft games. Weird interface. You decide.
Play money no-limit. I wouldn't send these guys any real
money, if I were you. Unless your idea of fun No-Limit is to have
to call all-in every hand against everything from 72o to AA.