Every time I come up against a decent poker player I think, ‘Now they’d give Columbo a good run for his money.’ Then when I watch my hard earned chips pushed in their direction I fantasise about them incriminating themselves in frustration after a deliciously meandering tangent. ‘That’ll show them,’ I smile as I slip on my jacket and head out into the cold, several pounds lighter.
Poker is a fascinating game. Try playing chess against eight other players at once, whilst not being able to see some of their pieces and then, despite playing perfectly, still getting unlucky and losing. That’s poker, and it’s as infuriating as it is intellectually satisfying.
This volume examines poker on a human level – no mind-bending strategy or anxiety inducing maths. We look at the characters behind the cards and dive into the secretive underbelly of high-stakes poker.
Shuffle up and deal.
“The higher the stakes the more quiet the scene; this is a law that applies everywhere save on the stage.”
“The fine art of losing at poker”
“I wrote to the retired professional poker player about the possibility of profiling her. We spent the next few weeks engaged in a polite game of psychological warfare.”
“The oral history of the 2003 World Series of Poker, in which an amateur named Moneymaker turned $39 into $2.5 million and the poker boom was born”
Chris Moneymaker vs Sam Farha
“Raising a family on poker.”
“Twelve years ago, an amateur poker player from Tennessee won the main event at the World Series of Poker, and suddenly, the entire world wanted to play Texas Hold ’em. The craze spawned countless underground poker rooms. Greenville, S.C., was one of the South’s hottest underground poker towns — until the whole thing went sideways in a hail of gunfire.”
“If you’re too smart for gaming houses they’ll find a way to stop you – but more fool them”
09 / How the world’s biggest bookie was snared at last year’s WSOP — and walked a free man / Brett Forrest / ESPN / 2015
“’Not guilty, your honor,’ Phua says, his voice a whisper. But anyone who has joined him at a World Series of Poker (WSOP) table would recognize his expression of quiet confidence.”
“A gathering of movie stars, socialites and high-rolling hedge funders happy to bet hundreds of thousands of dollars, ‘Poker Club’ was LA’s most exclusive evening in. Then a mysterious gambler joined and seemingly pulled off the ultimate bluff – until he broke the bank and brought the whole house of cards crashing down with him…”
“A high-stakes game that started off at Tobey Maguire’s house launched the career of Molly Bloom, poker hostess. Now the government, on the trail of a vast gambling ring involving the Russian mob and Carlyle Hotel gallerists, wants to end it.”
12 / 5 Gruesome Gambling Murders Motivated By Debt, Greed, And Power / Sophie Jackson / Thought Catalog / 2015
“A casino employee went out to investigate, soon tracing the source of the horrific smell to the boot of a dark vehicle. Police arrived at the scene. No one was sure what to expect when the boot was opened.”
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