All In: From Refugee Camp to Poker Champ

All In: From Refugee Camp to Poker Champ

by Jerry Yang
     
 

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In this intimate profile of an unlikely poker champion, the life story of Yang is laid out--from his difficult Hmong childhood to his success as a professional poker player.

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In this intimate profile of an unlikely poker champion, the life story of Yang is laid out--from his difficult Hmong childhood to his success as a professional poker player.

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Publishers Weekly
Poker is one of the few competitive endeavors where amateurs can play alongside professionals and have a shot at beating them. That's what Yang, a psychologist and former social worker from California, did when he won the main event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas in 2007. In this first book, an earnest but plodding memoir, Yang tells of his journey from watching poker on ESPN and playing in small local tournaments to his million WSOP victory, besting a field of nearly 6,400 players. Yang comes across as a competent player and not particularly adept at describing his simplistic poker strategy. But his WSOP victory does not hold a candle to his earlier life. A Hmong born in Laos, Yang fled the war-torn country with his family in 1975, lived for years in a Thai refugee camp, and eventually made it to California, a harrowing story of exile, deprivation, loss, and horror. Yang recounts this dramatic story with an admirable matter-of-fact tone, but even with veteran writer Tabb's help, the writing doesn't convey its full impact. Yang comes across as a good guy—he donates huge sums to children's charities—but neither poker players nor general readers will find much to cling to. (July)
From the Publisher

"A story of ultimate personal triumph."  —Booklist, starred review

"All In is a fascinating story of a man determined to improve himself and improving his world along the way. Very much recommended."  —Midwest Book Review

"A marvelous read."  —Boston Globe

"A wonderful combination of humor and gut-wrenching experiences."  —Chicago Sun-Times

"All In is among poker's elite memoirs, capturing the inspiring account of the poker's unlikeliest hero, a small-statured immigrant who went on to become a champion both in poker and in life."  —PokerNews.com

"Readers of All In will find themselves rooting for Yang. He seems like a genuinely nice guy who survived an unbelievably hellish childhood to become not just a poker champion but a psychologist and philanthropist." —www.RainTaxi.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605421889
Publisher:
Medallion Media Group
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author


Jerry Yang is a psychologist and a former social worker who worked with at-risk children for several years. He lives in Fresno, California. Mark Tabb is the author and coauthor of more than 20 books, including Mistaken Identity, A Promise to Ourselves, and The Unusual Suspect. He lives in Indiana. 

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