The Godfather of Poker

The Godfather of Poker

by Doyle Brunson, Mike Cochran
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McGoorty More than 1 year ago
Here is a litany of anecdotes and tall tales told by the 'good ol' boy' of poker. But one wonders how a 'good ol' boy', who claims to have found God through Christianity, can hang around with and make friends with murderers, thieves, and cheats, and brush it off by merely claiming he was a gambler and craved action. Doyle struggles with this contradiction too and after a while I began to see him not as the crafty predator of the poker table, but as a naive man who would have been on line at gamblers anonymous long ago if it weren't for his uncanny skill at the poker table. Doyle throws around such huge amounts of money on "prop bets", betting on anything from losing weight to wagering over a million dollars on a single golf game, that one wonders not just about his sanity but about the moral implications of being careless with so much money. He tells of having guns pointed and cocked at the back of his head, about people being shot dead right next to him at the poker table, all with a cest' la vie attitude that is at once endearing and perplexing. It is this ability (or inability) to react in incredibly high pressure situations that serves him best at the poker table, and in his big stakes wagers. While Doyle is no Hemmingway the anecdotes and tales do make a mosaic of an interesting man who travelled in dangerous circles. There are also the personal triumphs and tragedies Doyle relates with a self deprecating candor that brings him down from "legendary" status and makes him human. What's missing are his ideas about the playing of the game that I, as a poker player and fan, wanted more of. Doyle has written many books about the game of poker including "Super System" probably the best book ever written about poker, but I would have liked to learn about the history of his development as a poker player. I would like to know how he cracked the secrets of the game that can be so befuddling to the rest of us. Doyle is an enigmatic and uniquely American character. He is a throwback to the crazy past that we all incorrectly romanticize. But he is also a complex and interesting man, at once a naive investor in get rich quick schemes and a fearless cold-blooded calculator dealing with psychotic mafia henchmen with a cool bluff. if I could make a list of 10 people I would most like to meet, Doyle Brunson, would be in the top 5.
JohnnyPoker More than 1 year ago
As a professional poker player, I already had a high amount of respect for Doyle Brunson before reading this book. After reading it, my respect for him has gone up tenfold. To lead the life he's lead, is nothing short of amazing! It is a MUST READ for any poker player, or aspiring poker player out there. Although not a strategy book, it is probably one the most insightful looks into the life of a professional poker player ever written. I would highly recommend it to any poker player, or anyone who likes to read biographies. Guaranteed to satisfy!!
tkladybrit More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my stepdad's birthday and it was a major hit. He often watches the poker tours on tv and admired Doyle's playing style. My mom suggessted the book as a possible gift, but it was hard to find. It was not in the stores (Barnes and Noble or Borders), so I went online. I was glad that I did. Barnes and Noble delivered quickly in time for his birthday. Even with his busy work week my stepdad reads some of the book every evening. He hasn't put it down. The book is extremely entertaining with Doyle's insights and humor. A must have for any poker fan or enthusiast.
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Chazrush More than 1 year ago
I am not an avid poker player but wanted to read about the Godfather due to my curiosity of the growth of the game globally. This is the greatest book ever written about anyone. From the cotton fields to the bright lights of Vegas. From cancer to stardom. From going broke to making millions. People die and people cry in this story. Truly takes you into the moment of description. Doyle is an exceptional writer. I was totally encapsulated into the story. A must read for any gambler, father, business owner and friend.