Zen and the Art of Poker: Timeless Secrets to Transform Your Game

Zen and the Art of Poker: Timeless Secrets to Transform Your Game

by Larry Phillips


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Inside the intriguing world of poker lies a fascinating exercise in strategy and extreme concentration—many of the same principles that underpin the one-thousand-year-old philosophy of Zen spirituality. Zen and the Art of Poker is the first book to apply Zen theories to America's most popular card game, presenting tips that readers can use to enhance their game. Among the more than one hundred rules that comprise this book, readers will learn to:* Make peace with folding* Use inaction as a weapon* Make patience a central pillar of their strategy* Pick their times of confrontationUsing a concise and spare style, in the tradition of Zen practices and rituals, Zen and the Art of Poker traces a parallel track connecting the two disciplines by giving comments and inspirational examples from the ancient Zen masters to the poker masters of today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452281264
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/1999
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 578,472
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Larry Phillips is a journalist, writer, and professional poker player. He has played poker most of his life and is equally comfortable competing with world-class players or two-dollar players. He lives in Monroe, Wisconsin, and placed second in the 1997 Wisconsin State Poker Tournament.

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Zen and the Art of Poker: Timeless Secrets to Transform Your Game 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is good for someone who has dabbled in eastern thought and poker, but it is not for the serious player. Strategey is limited to fundamentals and it is more oriented towards establishing a mindset about the game than it is advanced poker strategy. Anyone with significant poker experience will be bored by this book, but if you're just starting it's worth a read. Many other titles are less digestable, but more usefull. See: The Theory of Poker by Sklansky.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this, even though I don't play poker. I thought it nicely outlined zen principles with a focus on competition and game-playing. My favorite zen proverb that I read in this book - "Everything is true just as it is: Why dislike it? Why hate it?"
armyofbobs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yet another, different way to view poker and also, a few life lessons in there.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Once you have read all of the basic strategy books out there, this is a great read to help you with the feel of the game and keeping your own head on straight. This is not a book on math odds, etc. but rather a book to get in (and stay) in the right frame of mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I consider myself an advanded poker player and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about the game. This is not a strategy book! What you will get from this book is advice on feeling the game. When you have your stragegy down and you understand the game, this book will help you take your play to the next level. An excellent read. I've read Sklansky, Caro, Brunson, Cloutier and several others. This is one book I recommend for every advanced player.