A Friendly Game of Poker: 52 Takes on the Neighborhood Game

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Essays by a diverse group of writers capture the joys, regrets, friendships, philosophies, and adventures experienced through neighborhood poker. This collection of 52 original pieces features a section of practical and impractical tips for home poker games and a cornucopia of fascinating facts about poker paintings, poker movies, poker books, and other poker-themed masterpieces of popular culture. An interview with Edie Adams demonstrates Ernie Kovacs’s poker obsession; Nick Tosches reveals Lester Bangs as a ...
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Essays by a diverse group of writers capture the joys, regrets, friendships, philosophies, and adventures experienced through neighborhood poker. This collection of 52 original pieces features a section of practical and impractical tips for home poker games and a cornucopia of fascinating facts about poker paintings, poker movies, poker books, and other poker-themed masterpieces of popular culture. An interview with Edie Adams demonstrates Ernie Kovacs’s poker obsession; Nick Tosches reveals Lester Bangs as a sucker; Chris Ware illustrates Bert Williams’s “Darktown Poker Club”; Bill Zehme discusses Johnny Carson’s celebrity poker game; and Neal Pollack discloses how his grandfather brutally introduced him to the game. With far more humor and clarity than a formal poker guide, these essays encapsulate the experience of spending a long evening drinking beer and playing pasteboards.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
The essays are short and pithy, often silly, and usually just plain funny.
Indy Men's Magazine
This book-which includes pieces by Nick Tosches, Neal Pollack and Bill Zehme-is aces.
Sacramento Bee
52 juicy poker tales . . . all are informative, all are amusing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556525124
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jake Austen edits Roctober Comics and Music magazine and produces the cable access dance show Chic-A-Go-Go. His work has appeared in The Cartoon Music Book, Nickelodeon Magazine, Playboy, Spice Capades: The Spice Girls Comic Book, Bogus Dead, and Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth. Ira Glass is the host and producer of This American Life on WBEZ, Chicago's NPR affiliate.
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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
Table Tales
A Hand for the Ages 3
A Wasted Evening 6
He Who Steals My Purse Ain't No Friend of Mine 9
Lady Luck, Make Me a Man 12
Mr. Vegas 16
Little Lucky: Frances Foster Recalls Poker on the South Side of Chicago in the 1940s 18
What About Poker? 21
Johnny Carson and the Gourmet Poker Club 27
Members Only 30
Did You Ever Play Poker?: Conversations with Elderly Citizens at Meal Sites, Social Centers, and Nursing Homes 35
Remembrance of Chips Past 39
The Players 42
Poker for Pennies 47
Chase the Ace, or Poker as Class Warfare 50
No One Gets Hurt 54
Beating Paul 57
The Flight Game 61
A Poker Family Tree 63
Bobby Bare on Poker: An Interview 67
When It Came to Poker, I Didn't Give a Shit 69
Nothing in Moderation--Ernie Kovacs and Poker: An Interview with Edie Adams 76
Practical and Impractical Tips
Flushed with Drink: A Guide to Poker Game Drinks 85
Tips for Chips: Some Thoughts on Poker Chips 89
How to Kick an Unwanted Player Out of the Group 95
The 100-Year Poker Game (The Most Successful Poker Format Ever?) 101
A (Very) Brief Treatise on Poker Snacks 106
Why You Should Understand Your Nickname 108
A Big Hand for the Little Lady: Breaking the Gender Barrier 109
Toward an Aesthetic of Music for Poker (Plus a Few Tips) 114
Ten Tips for Dealing with Cheaters 118
How to Play Poker with the Boss 124
A Pair of Shit in Hell 127
Divided by Cards: America and Great Britain, Poker Versus Bridge; or Why the British Prefer Bridge 129
A Wife's Tale 132
How About a Cowboy Poker Night? 136
Fifty-Two House Rules 144
Fifty-Two Poker Terms 152
Poker in Culture
It's a Dog's World According to Coolidge 161
Poker in the Movies 169
Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Poker I Learned from Honeymoon In Vegas 178
Know When to Fold 'Em: Poker as a Country-Music Metaphor 182
Rock 'n' Roll Poker Poems 193
Poker in Literature 195
Poker for Bastards 201
Poker on Television 213
Li'l Art's Poker Party: An Interview with Art Fein 219
Poker in Comedy 223
"The Darktown Poker Club" 230
Poker and Basketball: An Interview with Johnny "Red" Kerr 236
Teaching Petey Poker 241
About the Contributors 243
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