Like Matt I'm not that great at poker, but I picked it up. Since a lot of my friends also bought it, it has worked out to be a very fun & worthwhile purchase. I must be at tables with a bunch of morons during the Texas Heat games since I've finished top 3 every time, despite my sucktitude.
Side effect of buying this game that I was not expecting: I'm way more compelled to buy the stupid avatar outfits now on the marketplace so I look ridiculous at the table. I wish that Saints Row 2 Hot Dog outfit wasn't five fucking dollars.
I've been kind of lucky, haven't seen this a ton yet. I'm fully expecting for my luck to change soon though.
If you've earned avatar awards from other games, you can use those. That is another reason I wanna do this tourney, so that we can give away xbl codes for gold, 48 hour trials, avatar items, gamerpics and whatever else we can and some of that can be used towards this game so it's a win-win situation for us all. Something is better than nothing and the prizes are motivation. I like the fact that you can be new to this game and get the hang of it quickly and still do decent. I don't play poker alot and have a general idea and i'm getting better now. Some of it is common sense, like matching cards. Say you have a King and a 3. Look at the cards shown on the right of the screen and if 1 of them is is a King you'll have a 1 pair and that alone might help you win.