Synopses & Reviews
Like a secret society, poker has its own language and customs -- its own governing logic and rules of etiquette that the uninitiated may find intimidating. It's a game of skill, and playing well depends on more than just a good hand or the ability to hide emotion. The first step toward developing a style of play worthy of the greats is learning to think like a poker player. In a game where there are no absolutes, mastering the basics is only the beginning -- being able to pull off the strategy and theatrics is the difference between legendary wins and epic failure.
"Seizing on poker's explosion in popular culture, Gordon (co-host of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown and two-time World Poker Tour champion) and Grotenstein offer an instructive overview of the game, lifestyle and culture that reaches beyond dry technicalities. A rigorous defense of poker as a game of skill-not chicanery-the book frames it as an all-American exercise in individual shrewdness. In jaunty prose broken up with diagrams of sample hands, the authors explain terminology, strategy and etiquette, weaving in quotes from poker movies and books, pearls of poker history and tales of colorful poker characters (like Phil Laak, whose habit of wearing hooded sweatshirts and dark glasses in order to conceal his features from scrutiny has earned him the nickname 'Unabomber'). Statistics and probability figure prominently, and though the authors' explanations are never overly technical, the sheer detail of their analysis renders this book more intriguing for the card hound than the casual player. But the book does make an effort to appeal to the latter group, touching on everything from home games and tournaments to casino etiquette and low- and high-stakes play. The authors distill methods from different books, pay tribute to famed venues, supply the addresses of Web sites that specialize in online poker and include a detailed glossary. All in all, this is an excellent primer for those who are serious about studying the game and sitting next to the high rollers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Like a secret society, poker has its own language and customs. Now, from the cohost of the hit show "Celebrity Poker Showdown," this book features all the tips one needs to look and play like a pro.
About the Author
Phil Gordon is a world-class poker player and teacher with two World Poker Tour championships and seven final table appearances at the World Series of Poker. Since 2001 he has earned more than $3 million in tournament prize money. His bestselling previous works, Poker: The Real Deal, Phil Gordon's Little Green Book, and Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book, alongside his teaching and commentary on forty-two episodes of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, make Phil the preeminent poker teacher and writer in the world. Phil currently resides in Newport, Washington with his wife and two young sons.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Jon Favreau
1. A Brief History of Poker
Man descends from trees, invents cards, discovers poker
2. The Basics
The game that is texas hold'em
3. The First Day of School
How to embark on your poker education
4. The Home Game
Tearing up the rec room circuit
5. How to Think Like a Poker Player
Developing and maintaining the poker mind-set
6. Online Poker
The world is your poker game
7. The Cardroom
How a grinder becomes a rounder
8. Movin' on Up
Making the transition to middle-limit hold'em
9. "The Cadillac of Poker Games"
The game is no-limit texas hold'em
10. The Final Table
Entering -- and winning -- your Þrst tournament
11. Play Poker, Quit Work, and Sleep Till Noon!
The pleasures and perils of going pro
12. The World Series of Poker
There can be only one
The Last Word