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I like memoirs and I love poker. I play poker. I live in Las Vegas and moved here for Texas Hold 'em. But I know if I bought in to even a $1,000 WSOP game, I'd be throwing my $1,000 away. Colson got a free ride to the BIG GAME. What I wouldn't do for THAT?!?! This is a book for anyone who would want to get TO THAT GAME with average or below average poker skills. Oh, yeah, and he's funny!
I had read whitehead's Sag Harbor and bought this one on the strength of that memoir/novel. Colson did not disappoint. I really got into his experience and found my self laughing out loud at his droll humor and funny characterizations of his poker opponents.
Interesting in the sense that he references a lot of other writers, stories, etc and it's nice to be able to think "I get it, I get that joke". But it's a less-than-entertaining story. Sort of barely over the "do I have time to read this" line. But I did read it and finish it and that gets it more than 2 stars.
Awesome writing... the book is carried by the strength of the writing. For those of you looking for an in-depth, strategic analysis of poker, go elsewhere. If you want to see a well-written account of a laymen's descent into the underbelly of professional poker gambling in America, this is an entertaining romp.
I really enjoyed this book. I’m a novice poker player but that didn’t matter, he explains tings well and with a healthy dose of sarcasm and humor. It was fun and I’d definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fun quick read.