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According to Hoyle (A Nick Hern book) [Paperback]

William Gaminara

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30 May 1996 A Nick Hern book
A comedy drama about male friendship. Five old friends meet for a traditional evening of poker. As the stakes rise the deception of the game exposes the deception of their lives.

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A feisty, sharply entertaining comedy. The play's real strength is in its dialogue, which has whiplash severity which spares the characters nothing. --Guardian

Gaminara's writing, switching brilliantly between past and present, is a group portrait of inadequacies, of the unthinking cruelties of English male friendship. The humour is harsh, but oddly and touchingly tender. --Sunday Times

An enthralling entertainment. --Time Out

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3.0 out of 5 stars You had a girlfriend named Shergar? 12 Jun 2011
By H. Raine - Published on
The two reviews below are in the wrong place. This isn't a book of rules but a comedy/drama play by William Gaminara (of BBC's Silent Witness).

It's the story of four friends who are meeting for the last time to play poker. The fifth character appears in flashback scenes. It can be slightly difficult to follow due to the way the scenes alternate between past and present but quite rewarding once you get to grips with it.

This script has several typos with incorrect characters assigned the odd line but they're easy to weed out. The card games are also extremely difficult to learn and the order of the cards written in the back (for actors to play with a rigged pack) are also incorrect).

The lines are exceptionally difficult to learn due to the way the conversations are written; the conversation doesn't always flow in a natural way.

There is one set so a simple change in lighting can suggest the past or present.

All in all, it's quite funny and touching in parts. I was in an amateur production of this play and absolutely loved it, despite its problems! Audience reaction was mostly very positive and it got some big laughs!
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is a book of rules, no advice on strategy. 25 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on
The rule were archaic, not ones that are commonly in use today. There was no information on strategy, which I was very disappointed about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Non-Fiction 8 April 2008
By Blue Tyson - Published on
Want to know about a card game or settle an argument?

Then this book, in whatever version you like, is where you go.

Easily readable enough for you to learn a whole bunch of new games, and a little of the history of card playing, as well.

A book definitely worth having for players.
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