on 18 July 2006
This is anything but a self-help poker manual. It's much more a warts-and-all account of how a fairly ordinary guy with an extraordinarily apt name and an almost uncontrollable problem managed to parlay a small-stakes online satellite tournament entry into a seven-figure sum at the WSOP Main Event and in the process drag his life away from the gutter into which it had previously been headed.
While you won't learn how to play poker better, there's much of interest in following Chris' career (both senses of the word) develop and seeing how the biggest tournament in world poker unfolds. It's rather refreshing, though, to discover that Chris isn't painted as some poker genius, or even a particularly successful - or likeable - human being.
Probably just about worth reading once, but give it away or sell it thereafter: there's nothing that you'll want - or need - to go back to.
on 6 March 2007
I read this book on the flight over to the World Series last year to see if it would provide me with any insight into what i might expect. There were a few interesting observations but nothing earth shattering. I wouldn't say it is 'unputdownable' but it is a fairly enjoyable read. It won't provide you with any real tips to improve your play, it merely documents Moneymaker's ride to the world series and how he felt during his journey to eventually winning it.
It's not a bad book.