"The Coach"

Hello. I'm Bob Ciaffone, nicknamed "The Coach," a poker player, writer, and teacher. My company Gameplayer Limited sells my poker books.
My newest poker book, No-limit Holdem Poker, is now available. It is 408 pages sized 6" by 9" and priced at $25. Here is a picture of the front cover.

No-Limit Holdem Poker front cover

No-Limit Holdem Poker covers both tournaments and money play, and all the different size stacks. However, there is more emphasis on the larger stack sizes. This book is aimed at a range of people from experienced amateur players to professional caliber players. Frankly, it is too advanced for no-limit newcomers. There are 63 chapters, spread over 267 pages, that talk poker theory. There are another 142 pages of questions and answers on specific hands and discussions about concrete situations.

  I am very interested in getting suitable state laws on poker. To that goal, I started an organization called "Fair Laws On Poker," FLOP for short. You are invited to visit my FLOP Website. Most state gambling laws that apply to poker-playing are obsolete, written in the 1800's and never changed. They are horribly unfit for modern conditions, especially with the huge wave of poker popularity in the 21st century. The time is ripe for changing these archaic gambling laws. Games of mixed luck and skill such as poker, backgammon, bridge, and scrabble, where players compete only against each other, are of a substantially different character than casino gambling games that have the player competing against the house. For one thing, when the house simply hosts the game, it has an incentive to be scrupulously honest. The incentive is in the other direction when the house is an opponent of the player. So social gambling games need different treatment under the law than casino gambling games. I am the author of a study called A Comparative Study of State Laws on Social Gambling. This paper was presented at the London International Gaming Conference in 1990, and was reprinted as a chapter of professor William Eadington's highly respected book, "Gambling And Public Policy." It shows the wide variance in the treatment of gambling by the laws of different states. The ineptness and unfairness of many of these badly-written laws will shock you. Despite the strong need for fair laws on poker and other social gambling games, at this time I appear to be the only person who has done this type of comparative study calling attention to the problem.

  My home state of Michigan is becoming the center of a big controversy over charity poker. Michigan's Governor Snyder is trying to eliminate fixed location charity poker. I am determined to stop him.

I am the leading authority on poker rules. You can view, copy, and use the best set of cardroom poker rules in the world, all at no charge. I am making my new rulebook Robert's Rules of Poker available for free to promote the game of poker. This document is 60 pages, about 200 kilobytes. Version 11 is the latest version, compatible with the Tournament Directors Association poker rules (with one exception), and available now. To download a digital copy of the poker rules in Microsoft Word format, click here. (Then use the "file" and "save as" commands.)
I have also constructed a version of my rules that has been altered in a manner to make it appropriate for private games, Robert's Rules of Poker for home games. To download a digital copy of the home game poker rules in Microsoft Word format, click here.

There are numerous sites on the Internet that allow you to play poker against live opponents. Here are some recommended gameplaying websites that I use.

These are some helpful sites for people who like playing games, offering books and other info.

My favorite game for sheer pleasure is chess. I have written two chess books on opening play, which you can view on my website where my poker books are displayed.
I was the President of the Michigan Chess Association in 2003. From my webpage you can access the MCA Tournament Rules.
I play speed chess on the Internet Chess Club, under the handle "coach999."

I write fiction as well as non-fiction. Here is my favorite short story, written in the late nineties, a science fiction tale called Snuff The Earth.

You can view a great set of rules for the card game hearts, the Cavendish Rules Of Hearts. If you would like to download a digital copy of the hearts rules in Microsoft Word format, click here. (Then use the "file" and "save as" commands.)

I acquired my nickname "The Coach" during the early seventies when I was coaching a bridge team. It is appropriate because my main focus is on playing games well and teaching others how to do so. Games are my life. I supported myself in the 60's from shooting pool (and teaching school), in the 70's from playing backgammon, and ever since the 80's from playing, teaching, and writing about poker. I am a 74-year-old man living in Saginaw, Michigan, my hometown. I had lived elsewhere ever since 1968, but moved back there in 1996 for family reasons. If you're curious about how I came to devote my life to gameplaying, there is some more info in my personal history section.

A number of my successes at gameplaying are displayed in my awards section.

From my homepage you can obtain Internet information:

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