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.
About the Author
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.
Praise for Poker Nation: A High-Stakes, Low-Life Adventure into the Heart of a Gambling Country…
“Poker Nation is an invitation to the lower depths, with a high-spirited, genial screw-off for our Virgil.” -The New Yorker
“Bellin’s love for the game is contagious, and POKER NATION is a sure winner.” -Time Out New York
“…Amusing and instructive.” -Washington Post
“Quite simply, a royal flush of a book!” -George Plimpton
“Andy Bellin has written a good—oh hell make that great—book. Bellin entertains, educates, and illuminates.” -Peter Alson, author of Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie
“ Cash in your chips and go home with a good book about poker—like this one.” -Kirkus Reviews
“…Engagingly written…” -Booklist
“…Smart, insightful. It’s one of the few entertaining poker books around.” -John L. Smith, Las Vegas Boulevard