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It's a mix of poker stories, the writer's life and some poker theory that he has learned. I like poker, but I don't play often - maybe 5 times a year. I'm not looking to get serious into the game, but it was still quite funny and interesting.
The Noble Hustle falls somewhere in the middle between a book about poker and a book about the author's permanently blue soul, as well as, his experiences in and around Las Vegas. Speaking of the latter, at times it's a little much. The reader is journeying inside Colson's head, and that's a decidedly unsettling place to be most of the time. Occasionally I could relate. I think relation is key here. Those who don't care about poker won't like this book. Those who aren't the slightest bit depressed, existentially weird, or misanthropic won't care for it, either.
I wish there had been a little more on the poker coaching at the beginning and a little less about his younger self going to Vegas somewhere around the book's middle - that just seemed like filler. Did I get a sense of what the WSOP Main Event is like? Yes, I think so. It lacked certain Texas Hold'em details I was hoping for, but oh well.
All in all, I was pleased with The Noble Hustle. Will you be? It's hard to say...
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.
This book was sent to a friend who, after reading it, passed it on to others. He reported back to me that he enjoyed it very much, and he had been a basically non-book reading person until I started ordering them for him.,. Now I hope to find a copy to read myself.