Big Deal: One Year as a Professional Poker Player Paperback – 5 Sep 2002
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A very good book and an important addition to the literature of gambling (David Mamet)
A remarkable odyssey - part Damon Runyon, part Dostoevsky (VANITY FAIR)
The best book about poker I've ever read (Walter Matthau)
BIG DEAL is the classic book on big stakes poker. Praised from high and low, all players love this book, and all those wannabes, dreaming of raking in that monster pot, will eat it up (IRISH TIMES)
* 'Vivid, engrossing, superb...the best description of world-class poker we've been given' - Salman RushdieSee all Product Description
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'One Year as a Professional Poker Player' gives you all the plot details you need, and what you get is a captivating description of high stakes Texas Hold'em played across the world, in some fairly odd places, with some fairly odd (and fascinating) people. We'd all expect poker pros to be 'characters', idiosyncrasies with attachments to outrageous hats and horrific jewellery, and the truth according to Tony Holden is frighteningly close to the stereotype. You won't read this book and ever forget who Amarillo Slim is. But there's more to them than the garish ostentation and madcap tales - there's the camaraderie, the mutual respect, the total ruthlessness at the table, the psychological secret weapons...
Tony Holden's a man with an ego, there's no doubt about that. But the great thing is he knows this more than anyone. And it's difficult not to take a liking to a man who's being that candid and straightforward with you as he recounts his journey through the world of professional poker, tells of big hands nearly won but mostly lost, and describes the colourful characters and venues that make up the circuit. And I love his mocking of amateurs and their sob stories, before diving into another elaborate telling of the time Lady Luck cheated him of $10,000 on the river card.Read more ›
The story of a year spent by biographer Anthony Holden in the tough world of the professional poker player. He spent days and nights in the poker paradise of Las Vegas, in Malta and Morocco, even shipboard, mingling with the legendary greats, sharpening his game, perfecting his repartee, and learning a great deal about himself in the process. Poker, Holden would insist, is not gambling. Like chess it is a paradigm of life at its most intense, a gladiatorial contest that brings out the best as well as the worst in people. Its heroes, its eccentrics and is comedians stalk the pages of this book, along with all the hair-raising, nail-biting excitement of the games themselves. The book is reissued with a new introduction by the author.
This is a fantastic read and extremely well written book. It makes you actually feel that you are there and shows that life as a Poker pro is not necessarily exciting but you wouldn't swap it for anything in the world.
It's about a journeyman player who decides to give it all up and turn "pro" for a year just to experience the life and see where the journey takes him.
There are lots of anecdotes about well known players (The ones about Amarillo Slim are hilarious), a brutal honesty and an excellent insight into life on the road and the places they go and people they meet. It could almost be a work of fiction.
You do not have to be a Poker fan to enjoy this book as it's not really a book about Poker but a story of a year in the life of someone living the dream.
Don't want to spoil it so just buy it and see for yourself. A book of Royal Flush standard.
A must read by anyone with even a remote interest in poker and/or its chaotic lifestyle.
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This is an excellent book. Obviously, it is about poker. What it takes to win. The players that Holden encountered. The structure of the tournaments. The actual games themselves. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2012 by Mr Gordon Davidson
I thought the book was quite dull and Anthony Holden came across as a pompous ass.Published on 1 May 2008 by S. Flanagan
What a top book. I love books about card players and films too as everyone believes they could this, but we couldn't. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2004 by mr t clay