March 6, 2006

Poker & Wallstreet - A Perfect Combo

Okay - so not totally poker related but it does sound like a nice piece of fiction.

As described by Lewis, liar's poker is a game played in idle moments by workers on Wall Street, the objective of which is to reward trickery and deceit. With this as a metaphor, Lewis describes his four years with the Wall Street firm Salomon Brothers, from his bizarre hiring through the training program to his years as a successful bond trader. Lewis illustrates how economic decisions made at the national level changed securities markets and made bonds the most lucrative game on the Street. His description of the firm's personalities and of the events from 1984 through the crash of October 1987 are vivid and memorable. Readers of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities ( LJ 11/15/87) are likely to enjoy this personal memoir. BOMC and Fortune Book Club selection.

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February 22, 2006

Beyond Tells: Power Poker Psychology

As we gear up for our 2006 run at the World Series of Poker (okay - maybe we're kidding a bit here), we're going to start playing more tournaments and feel we should probably get the low down on "tells" as much as we can.

This book aims to marry "The Psychology of Poker" by Schoonmaker, with Caro's Book of Poker Tells. The overriding theme is that Caro's Tells have to be interpreted in terms of the personality of the person making the tell and the specific circumstance when the suspected tell is being made.

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February 17, 2006

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February 15, 2006

The Book of Bluffs - How to Bluff at Poker

My good friend Russ has this book. So far - I haven't seen much progress in his bluffs or him sensing my bluffs but the book did get us to discuss what we think various bluffs might mean or how to tell when certain people are bluffing.

Twenty years ago, Mike Caro wrote the book on what to look for in a player's movements, gestures, and facial expressions--their "tells"--to determine if they were bluffing, and it remains one of the bestselling poker books of all time. But what Caro didn't do was teach players how to bluff. Enter Matt Lessinger, a professional poker player and columnist, who in THE BOOK OF BLUFFS shows players how to get their opponents to fold--no matter how strong a hand they've been dealt. Lessinger reveals how, with the correct timing and artistry, bluffing will allow a player to win while holding an inferior hand--the very essence of poker.

At The Book of Bluffs : How to Bluff and Win at Poker

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February 14, 2006

Small Stakes Hold 'em

For today’s poker players, Texas hold ’em is the game. Every day, tens of thousands of small stakes hold ’em games are played all over the world in homes, card rooms, and on the Internet. These games can be very profitable — if you play well. But most people don’t play well and end up leaving their money on the table. Small Stakes Hold ’em: Winning Big with Expert Play explains everything you need to be a big winner.

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February 6, 2006

Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide

Barry Greenstein is one of those rarer than rare poker players. He gives away a ton of money to charities along with being a soft spoken and very interesting person. We've been looking for something written by him for quite some time and will be picking this up very soon.

The long anticipated 'Ace on the River' is one of the most interesting and unique poker books ever written.

Barry Greenstein has been playing professional poker for about thirty years, and has been a regular in the biggest games in the world for more than a decade, with legends such as Doyle Brunson and Chip Reese. This text was originally intended to be a chapter in the sequel to Brunson's 'Super System,' but when the first draft ran over 100 pages, the project turned into its own book.

The book is primarily targetted toward high-limit professional poker players, which is a very limited audience. Lower and middle limit players will find a lot of the material useful and interesting, but significant portions won't apply to them. Casual home game and beginning players will find a fascinating look into the mind and world of high-stakes poker players, but should definitely look elsewhere for instruction and strategy tips.

At Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide

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January 20, 2006

Inside the Poker Mind: Essays on Hold 'em and General Poker Concepts

You're going to need an essay to read over an entire book after a long night of online poker. This book from John Feeney should fit the bill and we've found it quite relaxing to read.

John Feeney spent his youth in Phoenix Arizona. After attending the University of Colorado he moved to San Diego to pursue graduate work in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. His interest in poker was sparked while observing a hold ’em game during a weekend trip to Las Vegas. True to his background, he took an academic approach to the game, studying the poker literature, consulting with David Sklansky, and getting the requisite playing experience. By the time he received his Ph.D., poker was beginning to compete with psychology for his attention. He soon began to log more hours in the cardrooms of Southern California than in his field of psychology, until ultimately poker became his primary focus.

At Inside the Poker Mind: Essays on Hold 'em and General Poker Concepts

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January 9, 2006

Poker humor: A collection of poker wit

You need more poker jokes at your poker game right? Well - maybe not but if you get this book you might be able to stand out or put someone on tilt that much easier. This appears to be the only book on poker jokes we can find - are there others? Will poker jokes ever go mainstream? :-)

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January 6, 2006

Hold'Em Poker for Advanced Players

I'll tell you right now. If you're playing low-limit Texas Hold 'em and want to improve - then get this book. We recently re-read this gem and can tell you without doubt - this is gem. The book has also recently been expanded and has over 100 pages of new material. Great stuff and if you don't know about the ways of the semi-bluff then this book has the best explanation I've ever read.

At Hold'Em Poker for Advanced Players

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November 17, 2005

The Rise and Fall of Stuey "The Kid" Ungar, The World's Greatest Poker Player

We haven't read this yet but it's on our Amazon wishlist. The tail of Stuey Ungar is sad and fascinating at the same time.

Begun as an as-told-to by Dalla with Stuey Ungar, this biography tells in painful detail the story of the poker and gin superstar. Ungar is certainly a fascinating subject. He was prodigiously dysfunctional, a manic sports bettor and cocaine addict who won an estimated $30 million during his life, but who, after his death in 1998, needed a collection from his friends to pay for his funeral. Unfortunately, the complexities of Ungar's personality aren't satisfactorily unraveled by the authors. They offer stories from the likes of poker legend Doyle Brunson and Mike Sexton, television's reigning poker guru, of Ungar's fabulous skills as a card player and spectacular need for "action," but few insights into the source of Ungar's self-destructive demons: he died prematurely at age 45 from the ravages of drug abuse. Without any analysis, the repetitious account of years of poker ups and downs, sports gambling losses, manic acts of generosity and descents into drug abuse, as tragic as it is, becomes tedious. Still, without distorting or downplaying Ungar's depredations, this is a heartfelt, respectful and accepting biography.

At One of a Kind : The Rise and Fall of Stuey "The Kid" Ungar, The World's Greatest Poker Player

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