At Cheryl’s we learned and Texas Hold ‘Em, and we’ll play again at Ginny‘s house on Nov 21.
If you would like to learn by watching, here are 6 full games of Celebrity Poker Showdown, which aired on Bravo back in 2004. Each video is about 90 minutes. You can see a tournament-style game with players of varying skill levels, and the season finale (episode 6) has the 5 winners from the previous episodes. If you are only going to watch one of them, this is the one to watch!
- Season 4 Episode 1: Christopher Meloney, Matthew Perry, Stephen Root, Sarah Silverman, Michael Vartan
- Season 4 Episode 2: Bobby Cannavale, Tony Hawk, Cheryl Hines, Dennis Rodman, Ryan Stiles
- Season 4 Episode 3: Macaulay Culkin, Neil Flynn, Sara Gilbert, Ricki Lake, Kevin Nealon
- Season 4 Episode 4: Chevy Chase, Donny Deutsch, Shannon Elizabeth, Kathy Griffin, Neil Patrick Harris
- Season 4 Episode 5: Dave Navarro, Emily Procter, Angela Basset, Jeff Garlin, Mekhi Phifer
- Season 4 Episode 6: Championship Game featuring the previous 5 winners!
Looking for a quick run-down of the rules without watching hours of TV?
Let’s start with the hands: Here is the 2-minute explanation of how poker hands are ranked:
Then here’s another, even shorter video, about the basics of gameplay, including betting, for Texas Hold ‘Em:
We had some exciting hands at Cheryl’s on Nov 7, including some split pots (perfect tie hands!) like these: