Poker Nation: A High-Stakes, Low-Life Adventure into the Heart of a Gambling Country

Poker Nation: A High-Stakes, Low-Life Adventure into the Heart of a Gambling CountryDownload Poker Nation A High Stakes, Low Life Adventure Into The Heart Of A Gambling Country Author Andy Bellin Bandcamptomp3.co.uk If You Look Around The Table And You Can T Tell Who The Sucker Is, It S You.On Any Given Friday Night, Hundreds Of Thousands Of Americans Men And Women Alike Pile Into Kitchens, Garages, And Backrooms To Play Their Weekly Poker Game From Basement Games In The Suburbs To Illegal Gambling Clubs In New York City To The High Stakes World Series Of Poker In Las Vegas, Andy Bellin Has Anted Up With Some Of The World S Greatest Players In Poker Nation, He Takes Us On A Raucous Journey Into The Shut Up And Deal World Of Professional Poker.Even If You Don T Know The Difference Between A Flop And A River Card Or You Do Know Exactly What It Means To Have The Nuts Bellin Is Your Ace In The Hole As You Navigate This Uniquely American Terrain Look Over His Shoulder As He Learns To Count Cards, Read A Legendary Player S Body Language, Hang In There When The Chips Are Down, And, Yes, Take His Beatings Like A Man Watch What Goes On Behind The Scenes In Illegal Poker Clubs Found In Every Major City In The Country Meet The Colorful Personalities And Skewed Psyches Of The Players, The Dreamers, Hustlers, Eccentrics, And Hucksters Who Are All Part Of This Strange Subculture.Part Memoir, Part Expos , Part How To Or How Not To , Poker Nation Takes A Frank And Funny Look At One Of America S Enduring Obsessions It S A Sure Bet. Gives an insider s look at professional poker Entertaining as a read, but it makes professional poker sound like a compulsion, not a game. Fine piece of participatory journalismIf I had a nickel for every poker book I ve read I d have a couple of bucks than I have now That s a tidy number of poker books Of those books I ve still got about thirty of them around the house none is interesting than this fine piece of work by Paris Review contributing editor Andy Bellin.It starts out rather mundanely with a not entirely promising poker story that he doesn t finish until the penultimate chapter There are some familiar quotes and some even familiar poker stories including the Wild Bill Hickok yarn about aces and eights , a table listing the ranking of poker hands oh, boy and another giving the odds and frequency of being dealt various hands in either draw poker or five card stud How valuable is that when those games are seldom spread any But then it gets interesting because what we discover is that Bellin really does know what he s talking about He s been there and done that Not at the highest level see, e.g., Doyle Brunson s According To Doyle or Bobby Baldwin s Winning Poker Secrets for life there but at the semi pro level and as a journalist He covers the poker experience from New York to Los Angeles through personal experience and from int
Both regular poker players and fans from afar who are fascinated by what they see on tv might enjoy this book It is a light, quick read The author includes some elementary poker definitions and strategy, but his primary focus is on describing the people who play the game regularly He includes a lot of personal stories about himself and the local players he has encountered over the years Most of his experiences resonate with mine, and I particularly enjoyed reading about the local po
The ramblings of a writer and expert level poker player he played, and was knocked out of, the World Series of Poker one year It s clear that Bellin is primarily a magazine article writer, for his book is plagued by Short Attention Span Syndrome Bits of autobiography are scattered here and there, between chapters on probability, poker tells, a primer on bluffing, a few thoughts on cheating, the perils of gambling addiction, portraits of professional poker players, even a chapter on casino mogul Benny Benion, for some reason.The book is peppered with distracting poker lingo, which doesn t exactly help one sail through the passages on the probabilities of drawing various poker hands yawn The chapter on tells is interesting enough, but how is a study of the individual idiosyncrasies and tics of Bellin s friends and associates going to help the reader A general assessment of the common tells or probable tics eyes darting away, hands covering the face, etc would be much useful The book is rambling, there are odd segues, and Bellin both repeats and contradicts himself for example, on whether poker has a romantic mystique, on the benefits of his personally stacking a deck And as if Bellin s aware that he doesn t have the material for a book length project here, he relies heavily on very lengthy quotes from his subjects poker pros, female players, his own friends The bottom line is this is an interesting subject, but there s too much ground covered over too short a time B
Andy Bellin seems to accomplish two things in his book, Poker Nation While it is presented as entertaining poker memoir, it s also a lesson on how to be a better player As I was reading and laughing at his stories and characters, I noticed he would slip in situations that asked the reader to consider strategy It s the same strategy you might find in a Sklansky book, but Bellin gives you a better feel for actually being at the table and trying to make the decision For example.He talks about Rich who had a good job and a good wife, but lost everything, because he couldn t fold a hand He had to play everything to the river Who hasn t been tempted to play anything to end a losing streak That s the genius of his book It was an interesting story and a cautionary tale about foolish play.Between anecdotes he slips in the advice that it s tough to get back to even after you ve lost half your money Life is really just one big poker game Forget whether this one session is successful It s better to leave a game that isn t working and make your money in a future game that suits your style of play He also advises that having a cap on winnings is foolish for the same reasons Why can t you win a ton in one session Bellin talks about check raising and pot odds and position and all the things that the instructional books
This is probably the third time I ve read this book all the way through, and probably the fourth or fifth time I ve read certain chapters This book has a little bit of everything and I d highly recommend it for any poker player who wants to take the game even semi seriously If you play poker and you have any desire to win, even just a little at the weekly game with all your buddies playing for nickels, dimes and quarters, you must read this book If you have a friend or family member who plays poker and takes it even somewhat seriously and you want to know a little something about what makes them tick, then this book will interest you greatly.Bellin flawlessly weaves explanation and instruction with stories both from his life and others, both at the table and away from it When I first read this book it was for tips on how to become a better poker player and Bellin taught me the fun
Poker Nation is a fun, light read but deals with some surprisingly weighty subject matter I ve been a casual poker fan for a few years now, following ESPN s coverage of the World Series of Poker as well as reading a few books A lot of this book came as nothing new to me However, I really enjoyed some of Bellin s interviews with actual players, as well as the anecdotes of his own experiences as a poker player I still find the poker world quite fascinating, with Bellin s descriptions of underground poker clubs and the unique lifestyles of those who play poker as a profession The account of the pro who left his job as an accountant to become a poker pro, only to end up a drug addict in a failed marriage, was quite sobering I know I could never be a professional
This is a book that is heavy on memoir and light on strategy, tactics, and how to In that sense it is different from most of the other poker books which claim to help you get rich 90% market share I d guess.You need to appreciated the subtext of the book to understand for instance the effect of the ban on online poker in social terms Though not his point his narrative details why Poker ought to be regulated differently to keep it above board.My other observation is that his Poker Nation is probably like 99.5% in New York City at underground semi legal, semi illegal clubs A step above home games run by mobsters and such.It s also might be taken as the northern version of the way Amarillo Slim and Doyle Brunson used to go from town to town playing in back room
The subtitle of this books reads A High Stakes, Low Life Adventure in the Heart of a Gambling Country I went in with disillusioned expectations I love hearing degenerate poker stories, the thrills and scares of playing in illegal back room clubs and stories about the poker celebs I went in expecting 100% of this but only got about a third of that The rest is just basic history and introduction to poker When Bellin stuck to the 33% that supported his intent, it wa
I m really familiar with poker and recognized the names of the pro players in the book A lot of it felt like reviewing poker basics and the statistics glazed my eyes over, but I enjoyed the personal stories and experiences the most I think this would be a great book for a beginner player or someone who doesn t know much about the game Personal preference would have been heavier on the personal experiences rather than the poker lessons Overall, this was a good book for someone interested in rea

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  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • Poker Nation: A High-Stakes, Low-Life Adventure into the Heart of a Gambling Country
  • Andy Bellin
  • English
  • 06 August 2018
  • 9780060199036