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Poker used to be cool. From Wild Bill Hickok getting shot up over aces and eights to Paul Newman and Robert Shaw eyefucking each other in The Sting, it has always held a place in American culture as the game you'd find grown-ass men playing in the smoke-filled back rooms of grown-ass places. Blame Norm Chad and the ESPN neckbeards (or the accompanying rush of dorm-hero online "pros" throughout the aughts), but that cool is long gone. And the shame of it is, a lot of people who missed out on the poker boom—or were put off by it at the time—wouldn't really know what to do now if a game struck up at their local place of disrepute, and would maybe avoid the scene entirely for fear of, what, looking stupid? Fuck that. Here's all you need to look like you know what you're doing, not fuck up the game, and hopefully not get taken for all you're worth.