Everything you wanted to know about poker (but were afraid to ask)
Anyone starting out in poker may feel a little daunted; there's a lot to take in and a seemingly steep learning curve to climb. Even players who know the basics may feel they have no place to go to get tips and strategies without fuss. As ever, PokerStars has the answer, launching EverythingPoker.com.
This new site hosts a series of 13 superb videos featuring tips from the Pros and live event footage to walk you through key areas that will improve your game. Split into two levels, the high-quality shows can be enjoyed from the start by novices, and also by more experienced players who may prefer to dive straight in to the latest episodes.
Rather than me going on about it, I thought it wiser to get all the details straight from the horse's mouth. And while Neil Morris, PokerStars' Head of TV Editorial and Production, probably does not like being called a horse, he did jump at the chance of telling you more about EverythingPoker.com.
He said: "Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts but the taking part', probably lost. Poker may be an enjoyable game but at the end of the day it's all about competition and profitability.
"We care about our players, so we set out on a mission to create a TV show that would give new players confidence and old players a chance to eradicate bad habits whilst entertaining all those who watched. The end result was 'Everything you wanted to Know about Poker, But Were Afraid To Ask.'
"As with any tutorial/self help series, people will join at different stages, so we created a website that allows players to chose where they watch from. A new player would start at show 1 (The Basics) but a casual player may decide they join at show 7 (Betting Tips) where we move from beginner to intermediate.
"The series is split into two levels and spread over 13 half-hour episodes. Each show is designed to take you to next stage, honing your skills and boosting your confidence. There are tips from the pros and stories from the rail as we take the viewer on a personal journey to unleash their poker potential, together with homework assignments to get that all important practice in.
"The show was devised by the PokerStars TV Team in June 2010 and then a lengthy research process began as we sought to write the perfect 'How to Play Poker' show. We brought in the experts of Sunset&Vine to oversee the TV production and worked very closely with their producers to create a show that not only flowed but had just the right tone to keep new players interested without bamboozling them with information. Focus groups helped mould the show to the finished product you see today.
"The show was designed in bite-sized chunks so elements could be re-purposed for TV, online, mobile and Social. It is also being repackaged in over 15 languages for international distribution."
So there you have it. If you want to learn the basics or brush up on your poker skills, head over to EverythingPoker.com.