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Fading Hearts on the River: An Improbable Story of Texas Hold'em

3.10  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Centered around multi-million dollar stakes and a series of nationally televised poker tournaments, Fading Hearts on the River offers a story of odds—the odds of a newborn surviving severe jaundice, the odds of Congress passing a law that renders one’s online gambling income inaccessible, the odds of drawing the right card on the turn or the river. In this tale of fatherho ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Counterpoint (first published April 21st 2014)
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Cheryl Gatling
There is a movie you can watch on You Tube called The Isaac Haxton Story, a documentary that follows the rise of a math whiz kid from his days as a Magic gamer to college computer student, to one of the top poker players in the world. I expected this book to be something similar, perhaps with more detail. It both is, and it isn't. The events of Isaac's life and career are all here, but not told linearly. Brooks Haxton, a poet, is proud of his son's accomplishments. But perhaps even more so, he i ...more
Rob
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed most of this book. I thought it very well written and reflected a kind of
intimacy between parents and son that may or may not be unique. I say that as I never
experienced this kind of intimacy with either of my parents (c'est la vie).

Anyway it is very well written and offers a lot of information about Texas Hold Em and
tournament poker play in general.

I like Mr. Haxton's portrayal of his family and in particular his son.

It is more than just a book about a person learning to play poker.
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Eric
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted this to be focused on the perspective of a parent who's kid tells him he is going to pursue poker as a career. It wasn't quite that. A bit too literary also. ...more
C.J. Ruby
Jul 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, gaming
There's a blurb on this book's cover that says, "unputdownable." Not a word and not true. This was a waste of time. Poker stories should have some suspense just as poker does. This was a total bore. If it been longer I wouldn't have finished. Sometimes being a sucker for poker books sucks. ...more
Gary
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was OK if you are interested in poker personalities. This is a story from the point of view of the parent of a poker pro.
Falbs
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
A 'poker' book that doesn't talk much about poker- more neuropsych. ...more
Kevin
Apr 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun story about the relationship between a father and son.
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