More Book ReviewsBest Selling Poker Books of 2014
How did the new books compare to the old classics? Well, we will let the data speak for itself. Take a look at the list of the best selling poker books of 2014.Deal Me In and Eat Professional Poker Players Alive Reviewed
There isn't a clear path by which people become professional poker players. There aren't any good courses at the local vo-tech for a person to study. The road to becoming a poker pro is inevitably difficult, circuitous, and filled with setbacks. Deal Me In is a book describing the course by which twenty top poker players became professionals. Poker Winners Are Different
There is a big difference between what's typical human behavior and what is called for to play poker at a high level. There aren't a lot of people for whom maximizing their expectation in poker games comes naturally. Poker Winners Are Different by Alan Schoonmaker examines this conundrum.
Drawing Dead to a Gutshot: How to Talk Poker
by Brant Janeway
Everyone who has ever sat into a poker game for the first time knows the language is a bit different from everyday lingo. From ace-high to to brass Brazilian to Siegfried and Roy, to Zooted, Janeway gives the definition and origin of the game's colorful and unique terms. A clever presentation, perfect for trivia buffs, budding poker players.
Let's face it. No matter how much poker you see on TV, no matter how much time you spend playing online, you are not going to get the full flavor of poker until you learn the language. Beginners whoHoward Schwartz, the "librarian for gamblers," is the marketing director for Gambler's Book Club in Las Vegas, a position he has held since 1979. Author of hundreds of articles on gambling, his weekly book reviews appear in numerous publications throughout the gaming industry. Howard's website is www.gamblersbook.com
move from a home poker game to a casino or cardroom should learn to "talk the talk" and understand poker lingo around them. Understanding the peculiar language of poker -- much of which doesn't even relate to cards or chips -- will help the newcomer gain the confidence needed to overcome the noise, lights and flash of a fast-paced cardroom.
True, TV commentators often explain some of the language such as "pocket rockets" (aces) or "over the top" (to raise or re-raise) but it's questionable whether or not that quick info will transfer to real life.
So it is that these and other sometimes puzzling or unclear terms are explained in two new books, both of which could well also be helpful to new dealers. These books are Drawing Dead to a Gutshot: How to Talk Poker by Brant Janeway (127 pages, paperbound, $12.95) and Poker Talk: How to Talk Poker Like a Pro (303 pages, paperbound $9.95) and they explore a whole new world of language for poker players.
Either book would make a fine gift item for a friend, a relative or for grandma who is discovering her hidden talent for bluffing and especially for the significant other who has to attend and watch you play poker but doesn't know a thing about the game.