How to Play Poker
By Peter Arnold
More than 250 illustrations, charts, and tables make understanding poker concepts simple. Beginners will see how cards and hands are ranked and how to bet and bluff, and they' ll master shuffling techniques and find out proper table etiquette. Intermediates can practice chip management, learn to recognize opponents' strengths and weaknesses, and discover smart strategies for both good hands and bad. Players will also benefit from the tactical discussions of variations of Draw Poker, Hold' Em, Five- and Seven-Card Stud Poker, and other casino games like Blackjack, Baccarat, Red Dog, Slippery Sam-- even Gin Rummy. The full glossary of terminology can get anyone up to speed.
The haiku is a tiny poem of Japanese origin, usually only three lines long and a total of seventeen syllables, that uses concrete images to create a sensation one can almost touch, smell and taste. Just as in nature, each poem is made up of fundamental building blocks that together form a living, breathing entity. The true beauty of haiku lies in its ability to capture an intensely human moment, mood or insight with a clarity and poignancy that can be lost in other verse forms. This inspiring anthology is a beautiful collection that brings together 136 of the best contemporary poets from around the world, and features traditional Japanese Masters such as the much loved Issa and Basho.