Poker Nation by Andy Bellin

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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.


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On his way to a master's degree in astrophysics, Andy Bellin made the fatal mistake of falling in love with poker. Leaving graduate school at age twenty-two, he has played semipro poker for ten years. His writing has appeared in such publications as Esquire, Details and Maxim, and he is an editor at the Paris Review. Bellin lives in New York City, where there are no fewer than four underground poker clubs within a mile of his apartment. You can find him at one on almost any given night.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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Andy Bellin's Poker Nation isn't exactly reportage, nor is it a memoir, a history, or a how-to book. It's a little of all of those, and not...

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Bellin writes that at the end of a hand, waiting to see his opponents' cards, he is often filled by ''a loathing for everything that I've done in my life that led me to that moment of waiting.'' He describes the feeling of realizing that his cards aren't as strong as he thought they were as a ''w...

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