Gambling Andy Bellin Poker Nation

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Poker Nation

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9780060199036: Poker Nation

On his way to a master's degree in astrophysics, Andy Bellin made the mistake of falling in love with poker. He has resurfaced from a life spent in high-rolling casinos and low-rent dives to tell his tale. He is a pretty good poker player. Over the ten years he has been playing semi-pro, millions of dollars have passed through his hands. He's the kind of guy who can walk away from the table $5000 dollars up, or who could drop $9000 on a single hand. His story is of a journey through the ups and downs of being a gambler where he catalogues the odd rites, the peculiar language and the traditions of the game. He describes the art of the bluff and the giveaway signs of body language and introduces us to the hustlers, dreamers, eccentrics and hucksters who comprise the poker nation.

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Journalist and poker fanatic Andy Bellin takes readers on a raucous journey into the shut-up-and-deal world of professional poker. From basement games to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, you'll look over his shoulder as he learns to count cards, read a legendary player's body language, hang in there when the chips are down, and take his beatings like a man. Even if you don't know the difference between a flop and a river card, Bellin keeps you in the game with his portraits of the colorful players, dreamers, hustlers, and eccentrics who populate this strange subculture. Along with learning what goes on behind the scenes in illegal poker clubs, you'll get great advice on how to play Texas Hold'em, today's game of choice for big-money players.

Review:

"Quite simply, a royal flush of a book!" -- George Plimpton

."Amusing and instructive." -- Washington Post

"Bellin's prose shimmers." B+ -- Entertainment Weekly

."Engagingly written." -- Booklist

."Breezy, informative.[Bellin] knows his way around the poker table and he tells a good story." -- Philadelphia Inquirer

"Andy Bellin has written a good-oh hell make that great-book. Bellin entertains, educates, and illuminates." -- Peter Alson, author of Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie

."Smart, insightful. It's one of the few entertaining poker books around." -- John L. Smith, Las Vegas Boulevard

"Colorful and insightful." -- Kansas City Star

Colorful and insightful. --Kansas City Star

Engagingly written --Booklist

Bellin s prose shimmers. B+--Entertainment Weekly

Amusing and instructive. --Washington Post

"Colorful and insightful."--Kansas City Star

" Cash in your chips and go home with a good book about poker--like this one."--Kirkus Reviews

"Poker Nation is an invitation to the lower depths, with a high-spirited, genial screw-off for our Virgil."--The New Yorker

."..Engagingly written..."--Booklist

."..Amusing and instructive."--Washington Post

"Bellin's prose shimmers." B+--Entertainment Weekly

"Bellin's love for the game is contagious, and POKER NATION is a sure winner."--Time Out New York

"Andy Bellin has written a good--oh hell make that great--book. Bellin entertains, educates, and illuminates."--Peter Alson, author of Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie

"Quite simply, a royal flush of a book!"--George Plimpton

."..Breezy, informative...[Bellin] knows his way around the poker table and he tells a good story."--Philadelphia Inquirer

."..Smart, insightful. It's one of the few entertaining poker books around."--John L. Smith, Las Vegas Boulevard

Poker Nation is an invitation to the lower depths, with a high-spirited, genial screw-off for our Virgil. --The New Yorker"

Bellin s love for the game is contagious, and POKER NATION is a sure winner. --Time Out New York"

Amusing and instructive. --Washington Post"

Quite simply, a royal flush of a book! --George Plimpton"

Andy Bellin has written a good oh hell make that great book. Bellin entertains, educates, and illuminates. --Peter Alson, author of Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie"

Cash in your chips and go home with a good book about poker like this one. --Kirkus Reviews"

Engagingly written --Booklist"

Smart, insightful. It s one of the few entertaining poker books around. --John L. Smith, Las Vegas Boulevard"

Bellin s prose shimmers. B+--Entertainment Weekly"

Breezy, informative [Bellin] knows his way around the poker table and he tells a good story. --Philadelphia Inquirer"

Colorful and insightful. --Kansas City Star"

..".Amusing and instructive."--Washington Post

..".Engagingly written..."--Booklist

..".Smart, insightful. It's one of the few entertaining poker books around."--John L. Smith, Las Vegas Boulevard

..".Breezy, informative...[Bellin] knows his way around the poker table and he tells a good story."--Philadelphia Inquirer

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