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Default ALL IN: The (Almost) Entirely True Story of the WSOP

Back in October the publisher of this book sent me a copy to read and review. I'm way behind, but wanted to mention this book here. If you're like me, you read A LOT about poker, but sometimes you just need to take a break from all the strategy, etc. My bookshelf is full of poker books - most of them strategy, but a few that are not, but are poker-related. Those are the "fun" books.

As you might have guessed, this book falls into that category. The authors tell the story of the WSOP from the beginning to the most recent years, using interviews with players and recordings, etc. For the beginning years, you've probably heard it all before if you've read anything at all about the WSOP - there is only so much that can be said about those events. What the book really excels in is the coverage of the recent years. Sure, you saw the events on TV, but the book gives you more insight into what was going on behind the scenes, via player interviews.

This is a really excellent book, and a very enjoyable read. Honestly, it was really hard for me to put this down. Get it for yourself and then loan it to someone in your life who doesn't understand your poker obsession - the excitement you feel from reading the book will help them understand, and who knows, maybe even make a player out of them too.

Here's a link to the book at Barnes and Noble. One of the authors also worked with Phil Gordon on his first book, which was also an excellent read.
Whether he likes it or not, a mans character is stripped at the poker table; if the other players read him better than he does, he has only himself to blame. Unless he is both able and prepared to see himself as others do, flaws and all, he will be a loser in cards, as in life. ~Anthony Holden
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