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The Handbook of Poker

by William James Florence
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The Handbook of Poker by William James Florence

Also titled The Gentlemen's Hand-book of Poker, it is an excellent introduction to the game of poker. It not only covers the rules and some advice on how to play, but it also has a short chapter on cheating, a decent chapter on probabilities, and ends with a number of fun poker stories.

The chapter on probabilities corrects some of what Steinmetz wrote in The Gaming Table Volume 2. The book ends with an anecdote about the compiler himself.

  • Preface
  • Draw Poker
    • Introduction
    • Origin Of The Game
    • The Game
    • The Stakes
    • The Ante
    • The Hands
    • Playing A Hand Pat
    • The Hands Illustrated
    • The Draw
    • The Draw To Two Pairs
    • The Draw To Threes
    • The Draw To A Full
    • Drawing To A Bobtail
    • The Betting And Bluffing
    • Jack-Pots
    • Penalties In Poker
    • Varieties Of Poker
    • Straight Poker
    • Stud Poker
    • Whisky Poker
  • Poker Sharps
    • Marked Cards, "Bugs, And Other Devices For The Unwary
    • Marked Cards
  • Poker-Dice
  • Schenck On Poker
    • Rules For Playing Poker
      • The Deal
      • The Ante
      • Raising
      • The Draw
      • Betting
      • Drawing
      • Relative Value Of Hands In Their Order, Beginning With The Best
    • Laws Of Poker
      • Dealing
      • Discarding
      • The Ante
      • Raises
      • Showing Hands
      • Calling
      • Once Out
      • The Blind And Straddle
      • Rules For The Jack Pot
    • Value Of The Hands At Poker
      • No Pairs
      • One Pair
      • Two Pairs
      • Threes Or Triplets
      • The Straight
      • Flush
      • The Full
      • Fours
      • The Straight Flush
      • Recapitulation
    • How The Game Is Played
      • The Elder Hand
      • Of Drawing
      • Probabilities
      • Technical Terms Known In Poker
      • The Jack-Pot
    • The Straddle
    • The Age
    • Advice To Players
    • Position And Probabilities
    • Playing The Pat Hand
    • Pushing Your Luck
    • Questions At Poker
    • Table Stakes
    • The Freeze-Out
    • The Widow, Or Kitty
    • Buck
  • Poker Principles And Chance Laws
    • Straight Poker
    • Stud Poker
    • Whisky Poker
    • Mistigris
    • Tiger
  • Anecdotes On Poker
    • A Terrible Bluff
    • The One-Eyed Stranger
    • "Let Her Burn; The Pot Is Mine"
    • "That Typewriter"
    • Playing For Great Stakes A Squaw
    • Captain Billy Conner's Story
    • Herrmann's Poker Story
    • Winning A Wife
    • A Sharper's Dicta
    • Poker Mccool
    • Famous Poker Chips
    • How A General Won A Pot
    • Famous Old-Time Card Players Clay And Gallatin At Seven-Up
    • How Clay Was Cheated At Cards
    • Mr Adams' Joke
    • How Clay Beat Throckmorton
    • A Game For A Girl
    • "You Can't Bluff Me"
    • A Gambler's Trick
    • A Straight Flush Vs. Fours
    • How A Game Was Interrupted
    • "Digger" Mike And Frank Payton
    • "Ain't You Betting A Leetle High?"
    • A Story From Virginia City
    • A Joke On Florence
1st edition 1892, 195 pages; PDF 96 pages.
word count: 42427 which is equivalent to 169 standard pages of text

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