SCOOP 2012: Google the rules!
SCOOP starts this Sunday (like you didn't know already) and I'm getting ready to get my grind on. I'm planning on playing as many events as possible, and I'm excited about the variety of games offered in this year's schedule. The world outside the familiarity of the NLH tourney can be scary place for many people, myself included, but I can't think of a better opportunity for players like that to get their feet wet in some different games than the SCOOP.
What I would recommend to anyone trying to learn a new game is simple: Google the rules! Once you've familiarised yourself with them, I would recommend playing either play money or micro-stakes until you've become confident with how the game is structured. After just a few hours you'll probably be ready to try out one of the small buy-in SCOOP events - remember, the majority of the players in these events will be inexperienced at the game just like you, so don't be intimidated. You'll find the challenge of a new game invigorating and fun. Also, if you would like some invaluable tips from the Pros, PokerStars offer training videos in all the games at Poker School Online.
Personally, I'm most excited about playing the Badugi (Event 4) as I've never even played a hand of it before, and from what I hear it's one of the most fun games to play. It's very important as a poker player to keep challenging yourself, not only against better players but at different varieties of poker. It keeps your mind active and versatile, but most importantly, it refreshes your interest and passion for the game.
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