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Bigger Deal: A Year on the New Poker Circuit

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  126 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The author of Big Deal takes his game on the worldwide tournament circuit once more to see if his famed card skills can hold up against the vastly changed world of poker in the 21st century.
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Simon & Schuster
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Matt Cromartie
Jan 04, 2014 Matt Cromartie rated it really liked it
A must-read for fans of Holden's first work, Big Deal. Instead of interspersing the history of the game amongst his poker playing escapades, this time around he addresses the game's present and future. Having exploded in popularity in the early aught's, the face of poker looks far different today than when Holden first spent a year as a semi-professional. He discusses the pros and cons of the new poker scene, as well as staying on top of the current developments of online poker and how it is cha ...more
Tung
Sep 24, 2010 Tung rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs
Holden is best known for his previous work Big Deal, to which this book is a sequel. The first book chronicled his desire to become a full-time poker player, and the highs and lows of such a life. He detailed the psychological war that poker is as a game, and as a lifestyle. After the release of Big Deal, poker really came into its own and grew exponentially, especially with the meteoric rise of online poker. This sequel attempts to chronicle Holden’s foray into this new age. The strength of thi ...more
Damien
Jun 03, 2009 Damien rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: historians studying poker in the 00's
Anthony Holden decides to pretend he's a professional poker player for a year. This isn't a horrible idea. Last time he did it he came away with successful book, "Big Deal". Eight years later poker has exploded in popularity and he already has a contract for this book, "Bigger Deal".

But his story is not particularly interesting, personal, or unique. There is a lot of talk about how the poker world has changed, which might be interesting to someone who wasn't there to watch it happen.

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Dave
Good, but not quite as good as his first, Big Deal. Holden talks a lot about the new wave of online poker but plays relatively little of it in the book. Great set of anecdotes though and given me a list of other books to follow up on. If you've read the first, it's a nice followup.
Brandon
Aug 16, 2007 Brandon rated it it was ok
A book that illustrates the inner workings of the crazy poker world. Funny tidbits about professional poker players and long stories about the author's experiences within poker tournaments make the book readable but not great.
Dayini
Jun 14, 2010 Dayini rated it really liked it
Shelves: cpl
An enoyable read that provides a nice look into the current poker tournament circuit. Nothing in the way of poker strategy or knowledge - this book is about life as a poker player.
Richard Herbert
Jul 11, 2012 Richard Herbert rated it liked it
Not in the same league as his original & basically covers alot of poker stories that in 100s of other books.......
Gary
Apr 02, 2009 Gary rated it liked it
Shelves: games
Holden becomes disillusioned about Poker in the 21st century. BFD!
Declan
Jan 21, 2010 Declan rated it liked it
Enjoyable read. Got me back into playing poker lol.
Tim
Feb 25, 2012 Tim rated it liked it
Shelves: poker, reviewed
Reviewed for PW (May 2007) and for Card Player
Sam
Aug 13, 2013 Sam rated it liked it
Shelves: poker
Very enjoyable.
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