Bellin, Andy Poker Nation

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Poker Nation

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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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There are 135m people on this planet who play poker. This is their story.

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'The royal flush of poker books.' Tony Cascarino, Sports Books of the Year, The Times

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Book Description Harper, 2002. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: If you look around the table and you can't tell who the sucker is, it's you. On any given Friday night, hundreds of thousands of Americans--men and women alike -- pile into kitchens, garages, and backrooms to play their weekly poker game. From basement games in the suburbs to illegal gambling clubs in New York City to the high-stakes World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Andy Bellin has anted up with some of the world's greatest players. In Poker Nation, he takes us on a raucous journey into the shut-up-and-deal world of professional poker. Even if you don't know the difference between a flop and a river card -- or you do know exactly what it means to have "the nuts" -- Bellin is your ace in the hole as you navigate this uniquely American terrain. 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, yes, take his beatings like a man. Watch what goes on behind the scenes in illegal poker clubs found in every major city in the country. Meet the colorful personalities and skewed psyches of the players, the dreamers, hustlers, eccentrics, and hucksters who are all part of this strange subculture. Part memoir, part expose, part how-to (or how-not-to), Poker Nation takes a frank and funny look at one of America's enduring obsessions. It's a sure bet. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060199032

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