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Bigger Deal: A Year Inside the Poker Boom

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  135 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
In the years since Anthony Holden wrote his classic memoir Big Deal, the poker world has changed beyond recognition. When Holden played in the 1988 World Series of Poker there were 167 starters competing for a prize of $270,000. Since then, poker has become the world's largest single-competitor sport -- at the 2006 World Series there were almost 9,000 players and a first p ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Simon Schuster
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Liam Keogh
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost gave this 3 stars, but I always try to judge a book based on how much I look forward to picking it up again (I tend to take c.12-15 sittings for the average book), and I always looked forward to getting back at this one. It is extremely readable, but a little too much name dropping and sycophancy, and there were just certain things that grated on me for reasons I can't explain. One being his use of "moll" or "the moll" when referencing a potential female companion or indeed the many many ...more
Matt Cromartie
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.

A hundred ye
Aug 16, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Ken Cheah
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Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poker
Very enjoyable.
Nov 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read. Got me back into playing poker lol.
Richard Herbert
Not in the same league as his original & basically covers alot of poker stories that in 100s of other books.......
Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tom Stamper
Weak follow up to Holden's classic Big Deal book. He posits that only 5% of online poker players make money. How could he know that?
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