From what I've heard it's better in that regard, but still, nothing spectacular.
read the complete serie of Hokuto no Ken. That's something worth to read
I highly recommend it. It's one of my favorite mangas, yet I can't stand the anime. The manga is way deeper and darker and have much better storytelling. It also doesn't help that the anime is heavily censored/cuts large portions of the story.
What themes does it explore?
Ancient Egypt. High Risk Games. Tournaments. Friendship. Death/Murder. Mystery. Bullying. Curses.
You will want to read the manga called just Yu-Gi-Oh!, as the one called Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist skips a large portion of the story.
You can read it online or buy the 3 in 1 Edition volumes.
I did a bit of research and it seems the english translations online just call volume 8 and up Duelist. So if you read online, you'll start reading Yu-Gi-Oh! then after 8 volumes, you start reading Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist. It makes me quite angry that the series is split up like that. It wasn't split up like that in Japanese and other languages, only the english one.
Separate names with a comma.