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Poker books and all that.....

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  • Poker books and all that.....

    In quick succession (3 weeks) I've just read and re-read the following:

    Big Deal - Anthony Holden

    Total Poker - David Spanier

    Poker Nation - David Bellin

    If anyone else has read these books, have they noticed the huge chunks of text that have been transposed from one to another?

    Details of past incidents concerning Johnny Moss, Puggy Pearson, Amarillo Slim etc. whilst making interesting reading once, do tend to become boring (and then lose their impact) when they're lifted from the pages of one book to another.

    Anyway, although I have the greatest respect for their achievements, when are we going to see a more definitive book around modern-day poker? Not only with perspectives on the likes of Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, the late, great Stu Ungar and PSO's Mike Caro and Nolan Dallas. But also discussing the the impact of Europeans on the world scene (casually dismissed in most books) and players like Noel Furlong, Dave "The Devilfish"etc.

    The emergence of the concept of a form of total poker (as practiced by those in "The Hendon Mob"), travelling from tourney to tourney and making and accepting challenges round the world. This seems to ahve passed unnoticed.

    Does anyone feel that the popularity of the game has been enhanced following (for instance), Channel 4's "Late Night Poker" series? Who's writing about the emergence of on-line poker and the use of the World Wide Web, enabling those who before, only dreamt of playing tournament poker having the facility to do so without leaving their homes. Is that likely to impact on Casino's? Which then begs the question......when will we have the opportunity to play for the first million dollar prize in an on-line tournament? (Or has that already happened?)

    Seems to me that there's a basic gap in modern poker information, education and entertainment and at least a book to be written.

    Any offers.....................?

    Mark, Stevetel, what are you currently up to? :lol:

    Shoeless Joe

    "Now And Then There's A Fool Such As !"

  • #2
    Whoever proposes, tacitly volunteers - looking forward to your book.


    • #3
      The problem with poker books is the audience is limited only to those who play poker - and while there are a number of poker players out there, there are not a number of poker players out there who also enjoy reading (I'd say 1 in 3 maybe, just as in the "real" world). Thus, the demand for that type of book is limited, and you aren't going to get a lot on the marketplace.

      Personally, I thought Poker Nation was weak. Haven't read the other two.


      • #4
        Agree with you hazy. I think you would enjoy Holden's book -- he is not only a decent player, he is actually a very respected British author. I think you would particularly enjoy it, because Holden takes a year off of writing "real books" and plays the tourney circuit -- starting and stopping at WSOP Big One. You might get some good ideas for your stories.

        You might also want to pick up "Bringing Down the House," a great read about a true story involving a blackjack syndicate backing a bunch of MIT students in the mid- to late-90s. Very interesting and very compelling. This will be a big movie.

        Finally, I still think my favorite poker book is Yardley's "Education of a Poker Player." Games are outdated, but great overriding, global poker topics.

        Just my opinions.


        • #5
          Agreed TKO on Education of a Poker Player.

          I did like Belin's book.

          For a great fictionalized action read "Shut up and Deal," by Jesse May (a mid-high stakes player).



          • #6
            I liked May's book, too.

            How depressing by the end, though, Randy? Didn't exactly glamorize the life of a poker player!

            Did you read Daniel Negreaneau's story of how he lost all of his tourney winnings by playing big money Bellagio games and drinking heavily? (In Cardplayer). Reminded me of Jesse May's book.

            Think we should stick with our day jobs!




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