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From Sixpences to Dollars: The Life of Poker Player Jonny Texas Hardcover – 25 Apr 2009

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  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Apex Publishing Ltd, Essex (25 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906358419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906358419
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,554,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My first dealing with Jonny Hewston was in the Victoria Casino, Edgeware Road, London when I bought a ten per cent piece of him at a main event. Jonny won it and I collected £3,000. After that we became great friends. This led me to ask him to play poker in the England team when I was given the job as Captain. It was my task to pick the team and it was a tough job to do. For every one you pick there are 20 others you can't. It's not a job you get thanked for. I picked Jonny because of his tremendous record in the one table format. He duly won the England game. He also won the support of me and all of his family - and I know he was very proud. This was also a great result for me. And that moment proved that I had made a good choice. Jon strikes me as a loveable rogue, a type of guy not unlike Del Boy of TV's Only Fools and Horses. Like Del, Jon's heart is in the right place. I wish him success with the book - which is a damn good read. --Dave Devilfish Ulliott, Professional Gambler and Poker Player

I've never been much of a gambler. My first and only flutter on the horses was when, as a teenager, I got my pal's dad to put a bet on the Grand National for me. My horse came in second, and I made 50p. Since then I have purchased the odd scratch card, but that's about it. Being pretty much a non-gambler, its hard for me to understand the allure of what is, essentially, a very risky pass time. Then I read the story of Jonny's life, and things changed. I still don't gamble, but at least I now know what inspires other people who do. I get the impression that Jonny could have made a success of many things. It just happened to be poker, a game which I haven't a clue how to play. Jonny does, and he certainly knows how to make money from it. In this intriguing account, Jonny Texas and Janet Lee detail the former's roller-coaster ride through a multitude of experiences at the card table and how his obsession impacted upon his life. Jonny doesn't encourage people to follow in his footsteps, but his account lays bare the seductive allure of poker. Ironically, its Jonny's life as a youngster that probably gifted him with the tenacity to be good at his chosen sport. The book contains a moving account of how he met family members - half-brothers and sisters - he never knew and how he was forced to come to terms with the situation. His resilience was to lend itself to the poker tables and, as the book details, the rest is history. From Sixpences to Dollars is a unique account of a poker player's life, and just begs to be read from cover to cover in one sitting. Absolutely fascinating. --Mike Hallowell, The Shields Gazette

I've never been much of a gambler. My first and only flutter on the horses was when, as a teenager, I got my pal's dad to put a bet on the Grand National for me. My horse came in second, and I made 50p. Since then I have purchased the odd scratch card, but that's about it. Being pretty much a non-gambler, its hard for me to understand the allure of what is, essentially, a very risky pass time. Then I read the story of Jonny's life, and things changed. I still don't gamble, but at least I now know what inspires other people who do. I get the impression that Jonny could have made a success of many things. It just happened to be poker, a game which I haven't a clue how to play. Jonny does, and he certainly knows how to make money from it. In this intriguing account, Jonny Texas and Janet Lee detail the former's roller-coaster ride through a multitude of experiences at the card table and how his obsession impacted upon his life. Jonny doesn't encourage people to follow in his footsteps, but his account lays bare the seductive allure of poker. Ironically, its Jonny's life as a youngster that probably gifted him with the tenacity to be good at his chosen sport. The book contains a moving account of how he met family members - half-brothers and sisters - he never knew and how he was forced to come to terms with the situation. His resilience was to lend itself to the poker tables and, as the book details, the rest is history. From Sixpences to Dollars is a unique account of a poker player's life, and just begs to be read from cover to cover in one sitting. Absolutely fascinating. --Mike Hallowell, The Shields Gazette

About the Author

Jonny Texas: John Hewston, better known as Jonny Texas, learned about gambling at his father s knee and developed a fascination with making large sums of money at a young age. Whilst he came from a loving home, some of the relationships within his family were unconventional and Jonny was exposed to a number of outside influences that were to shape the course of his life. After an uncertain start, Jonny got married and had children. Suddenly he had more than himself to think about but this did not prevent him from gambling at every opportunity and his family experienced mixed fortunes through the years. Incredibly, Jonny s addiction has taken him from rags to riches and back again more times than he cares to remember but he has emerged as the respectable face of gambling, travelling the world and even representing his country in a televised poker game and going on to win. However, no one understands the pitfalls of a life spent gambling better than Jonny and he would be the first to warn others to think twice about following in his footsteps. Janet Lee: Janet Lee is a local newspaper reporter and former college lecturer. She lives with long-term and long-suffering partner, Alex, in Cannock, Staffordshire, and has two handsome sons, Paul and Kevin, and two gorgeous grandchildren, Tom and Grace. Janet runs a Cannock Animal Rescue branch, performs in local amateur dramatics and loves rock music. Janet has also written 'Kissed by Angels' and Living With BDD , both published by Apex Publishing Ltd.


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