Friday, April 29, 2005

Poker Nation: A High-Stakes, Low-Life Adventure into the Heart of a Gambling Country, by Andy Bellin

Poker Nation, by Andy Bellin

This reminded me a lot of Positively Fifth Street which I also enjoyed. While Fifth Street mixes a tale of murder with an unlikely run at the World Series of Poker, Poker Nation mixes a tale of misspent youth (the appendices are priceless!) with underground poker. The chapters on cheating I found especially interesting — probably because cheating is the only way I’ll ever become a good player. :) This more closely resembles a short collection of essays than a full-length novel, but I’d recommend it to any poker fan.

First Sentence:
I am an excellent poker player.

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