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In Aces and Kings, you'll follow the evolution...
In Aces and Kings, you'll follow the evolution of modern poker from shady back rooms to the world of high-tech mainstream, entertainment. You'll read the amazing tales of legends like Puggy Pearson and Amarillo Slim, street-smart hustlers who stormed the poker rooms of Las Vegas in the 1960s. You'll read about Vegas's glam era, in the '70s and '80s, and about today's new generation of champs - guys like Chris Moneymaker and Phil Ivey, computer-savvy card wizards with endorsement deals and celebrity friends. Along the way, you'll see the game itself transform. Today, Internet casinos draw as many players as real casinos, and five TV networks broadcast poker tournaments.
From the 2004 World Series of Poker to New York's underground clubs and Europe's toniest gambling halls, the authors gained unprecedented access to poker's top practitioners. The result is a window into how the superstars think, strategize, and compete at the world's highest-stakes tables. Poker is a game of subtle deceptions and minute adjustments, and the lessons that can be learned from studying the masters in action are invaluable for readers of all levels -from beginners to grizzled rounders.
Posted June 22, 2005
Whether you're a poker aficionado or a complete novice (like me), this book is a must read. Kaplan and Reagan have not only gained access to the larger-than-life world of high-stakes poker ¿ and the colorful personalities that inhabit that world ¿ but they've also gotten the inside scoop on game strategies from players ranging from Doyle Brunson to Phil Helmuth to Chris ¿Jesus¿ Ferguson. As someone who can count the number of times he's played Texas Hold 'Em on one hand, I found the strategies compelling (and a useful glossary helped me decipher some of the more obscure jargon). But what was more engaging ¿ and where Kaplan and Reagan have really outdone themselves ¿ were the detailed, big-hearted (but not uncritical) portraits of the players themselves: From Puggy Pearson and Amarillo Slim's classic braggadocio to Stu Ungar's sad flame-out to Men ¿The Master¿ Nguyen's wild variation on the American Dream, Kaplan and Reagan have created a modern classic of poker literature.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2005
A fun read, and informative on Pokers top stars, and their different stratagies and life stories.. Good stuff, book starts with old timers like Puggy pearsom and Amarillo Slim, and brings us all the way through to most of todays stars (Nguyen, Hellmuth, Lederer, Ferguson, etc.) I liked chapter on Men 'The Master' Nguyen. An intense stratagy session, where he breaks down various Poker-hand situations to his Veitnamese Poker students, is covered in detail, and is 3 pages long. That session and is almost worth the book by itself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.