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For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Coren
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In September 2006, Victoria Coren won a million dollars on the European Poker Tour. In this, her long-awaited memoir, Coren tells the story of that victory, but also of a twenty-year obsession with the game. It is a journey which has taken Coren from a secret culture of illegal cash games to the high-stakes glamour of Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, and brought with it friendship, laughter and money, but also loneliness, heart-break and defeat. With disarming honesty, Victoria Coren lays all of this bare. For Richer, For Poorer also tells the story of the poker revolution. How did this cult card game, populated by a small community of colourful and eccentric players, move from the back streets to the mainstream in a few short years? It is a fascinating story from a trusted insider.

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A touching, personal memoir and a glimpse into the fascinating, colourful, deeply flawed world she loves so much. -- Dave Gorman

It's faithful, epic, and true to every loveable miscreant she's faced across the green baize. -- Jesse May

Shrewd and - for a poker player - astonishingly modest and frank. A class act. -- Al Alvarez

Terrifically funny and terribly moving. Victoria Coren plays cards like a demon and writes like an angel.
-- Patrick Marber

Victoria Coren writes, on several levels, with wit, honesty, and perfect freshness. -- Martin Amis


Shrewd and - for a poker player - astonishingly modest and frank. A class act.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; 1st edition (17 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847672914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847672919
  • ASIN: B002RI9UFY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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169 of 193 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Belter 23 Sept. 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A lifetime ago I saw Vicky Coren in a pub in Oxford. Didnt know her from Adam Dalgliesh at the time - she stuck in my mind because although she looked like a right posh bird, she laughed like the lovechild of Sid James and Dot Cotton.

A few years later she turned out to be An Famous and more especially, An Famous who played cards on the telly. An Famous who played cards on the telly, who I'd seen in a pub. Brilliant. Pub Story Gold. According to the rules of popular culture she became an anecdotal fixture in my life whenever poker, laughing and/or posh birds came up in the conversation.

"That Vicky Coren, yeah she used to drink in my local, got the best laugh in the world that girl, and she plays cards on the telly. She's lovely she is."

All based on nothing of course but clearly repeated often enough to ensure that when Once More With Feeling hit the bookstores I got 7 copies as birthday presents. I had to return 6 of them and I'm pretty sure I'm still known to the staff in my local bookshop as "the porn book guy".

So, skip some years and replay the scene. This year I only got 4 copies of For Richer, For Poorer - clearly I've lost some mates over the years - but still not a bad show. In the birthday gift Top 10 that got her third spot behind some rather nice malt whisky and a painting by Sadie Hennessy - a good result for a random, one anecdote, half serious, 14 year old, pretend celebrity crush.

And now she's gone and ruined it.

Not only has she written one of the most honest books about the poker lifestyle ever, but in a surprise move she's thrown the rules of conventional Celeb-Biography out of the window - she's only gone and been straight up about herself.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, but... 2 Sept. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like Victoria Coren's sense of humour, but I confess I have no interest whatsoever in poker. Thankfully the book is more of an autobiography, amusingly told, but - and this probably deserves a "well obviously!" - there is a lot of content here about poker, strategies, and the outcomes of games. I admit I did skim some of these sections which by and large fall at the end of chapters where they describe the progress of a key game in Victoria's poker career. There is much talk of the "button", the "river", "flops" and so on, and these are explained in a brief appendix at the end of the book.

If you're a fan of poker and Victoria Coren you'll love it. If you're a fan of one but not the other you'll probably just like it more than anything.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality in your hand 12 Dec. 2009
Of all the books I have read on poker in the last few months this is the only one that conveys any atmosphere, real feeling or depth. You can explain anything technically, but if someone described kissing the way most books talk about poker you'd never want to try it. This book conveys what it's like to give poker a passionate snog and feel your knees wobble. The prose is a joy to read.

By way of explanation - I'm learning about poker from a starting point of no knowledge whatsoever, hoping to make it into the gaming industry and a friend recommend I read up on Victoria Coren's articles on poker and her website. I was lucky - this book was due out the week after and I yummed it up, cover to cover. Poker aside, it's an honest and moving memoir, as well as being pant wettingly funny in places.

Oh and I start my new job in poker next week. I can say this book was instrumental in helping me understand so much more than the technical. I've snogged poker and I liked it...
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Victoria Coren has been playing poker for 15 years and unlike most gamblers, has won quite a nice sum of money, not least in 2006 when she won $1m in the European Poker Championships. The subtitle of her book, "A Love Affair with Poker" hits it on the nail, but this is a love affair with no happy ending, just a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs, complete ecstasy when things go well and misery when they don't.

You have to admire her persistence. She joined the world of poker when it meant mixing with disreputable people in dingy clubs, the lure of the cards overcoming the distaste for her surroundings. The book, For Richer For Poorer, chronicles her journey from playing her big brother Giles and his friends for pennies, through to the time when she carries a fat roll of bank-notes around with her.

You'd expect the daughter of humorist Alan Coren to be witty, and For Richer For Poorer is certainly light-hearted enough. Victoria can laugh at herself, and her self-deprecating, almost confessional tone makes the reader warm to her. The book is autobiographical throughout, starting with stories of her childhood and ending with the sad death of her father, the much loved writer and broadcaster.

Victoria hated school with a passion but writes amusingly enough about her childhood and her family. When she is freed from school she develops a stand-up comedy act and travels around America before going to University to study English Literature. On leaving she commences her career as a journalist and begins serious poker playing at the Victoria Sporting Club (the "Vic") in Edgware Road and at the Stakis in Russell Square.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Impenetrable
Reading the reviews of this book by one of the funniest, brightest and most interesting people on television, I expected a clever, funny read. Read more
Published 1 day ago by D. J. Sienkiewicz
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Published 2 days ago by Marvin B. Beggs
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A fascinating read
Published 1 month ago by Reado
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable read
Most enjoyable book I have read in a long time, thoroughly well written and well crafted combining the poker descriptions with the characters and developing popularity of poker.
Published 2 months ago by Trish Peat
5.0 out of 5 stars I could feel the tension and the joy, imagine places I've never seen...
This book came alive in my minds eye: I could hear the voices and the click of the chips, I could feel the tension and the joy, imagine places I've never seen before and in all... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss V L Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
gift for my sister who thought it was a great book
Published 2 months ago by J M Fairclough
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed finding out more about Victoria as well as more ...
I enjoyed finding out more about Victoria as well as more about the poker world (not one I want to experience, though!).
Published 2 months ago by JocelynB
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok but not amazing.
A nice enough book that is taking a while to get through, it's interesting without being gripping, nicely written but it's it isn't screaming at me to come and read a bit more,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Monsewer Grande
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book about loving poker
This book has enthralled me. I have a nasty habit of leaving books half-read by the side of the bed and then another half-read book gets on top of it and then another. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Allen Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for non-players
Oh dear, only get this book if you play poker. We read it in my book group and we all stopped reading the poker game sections at the end of each chapter. Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. E. Kirkup
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