“You don’t need to have the best hand to win,” says Ellen Leikind of poker. “You just need to make people think you have the best hand.”

This and other lessons from the poker table mirror situations in everyday life, says Leikind, so she found a way to translate those concepts to help women better play by the rules. The result is her new book, “PokerWoman: How to Win at Love, Life, and Business Using the Principles of Poker.” “You have to play to win as opposed to avoid losing,” says Leikind. “Men typically do a better job at playing to win — they want to get all the chips. Women tend to want to protect the chips they already have.”

Leikind recognizes how hesitant some women are of playing in the “boys’ club,” but encourages them to “be bold, because the prizes in life go to the bold.”