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Life's a Gamble: The High Stakes and Low Life of a Poker Professional: The Autobiography of a Poker Player Paperback – 27 Feb 2009
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"One of the best insights into the heart and mind of a gambler ever written... moving and uplifting. And for poker-lovers, a must-read" (Des Wilson, author of Swimming with the Devilfish and Ghosts at the Table)
"His story is honest and raw, but with hints of underlying, unspoken tensions. His sheer determination is contagious, and his gutsy self-belief ensures the reader stands firmly in his corner throughout... The journey Brindley takes not only from the street corner to a television career, but also as a writer, is what makes his debut book so captivating" (Rebecca McAdam Card Player Europe)
"A triumph... Life's a Gamble is a truly fantastic book that is both entertaining and shocking to read at the same time. Roy Brindley has captured what is going on in the mind of an addicted gambler brilliantly. It is genuinely one of the best biographies and certainly the best poker biography I've ever had the pleasure of reading" (Barry Carter Uk Poker News)
"A blasting, naked account of what it is to be a gambler" (Jesse May)
"He's the gambler I always wanted to be" (Nick Leeson)
The remarkable true-life story of a man who escaped crime, poverty and addiction to become Europe's most successful poker player.See all Product description
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By the end of the book you dont really knoiw exactly how Roy ends up but get the feeling hes still comfortable money wise after losing a good chunk of his winnings on th e stock market. I got the feeling that he'll always be a true gambler so you never know if he'll end up with nothing again, hopefully not as he seems sharper than he was in his youth and knows that his success has come from his poker and not the horses or dogs!
A thoroughly good read though.
Every true gambler does it for the buzz. The book 'ends' with Brinley making it big as a pro poker player but as every serious card player will tell you it just becomes work in the end. Can Brindley keep it up or will the lust for action and self destruction wield its ugly head again? Because you like this guy despite never meeting him you end up hoping there isn't a sequel.
Badly written, full of self-pity, made himself sound like one of life's losers even right up to the end, even his 'legit' investments appear to go bad...
I seriously considered putting out my own eyes with hot coals by the time I had finished reading this, that I might never read such tosh again.
This book is so much more than about poker. Def one of the best books I have ever read.