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Deal Me in

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  78 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Deal Me In showcases 20 of the worldOCOs top poker players as they share their colorful and inspiring stories of how they became professionals. PokerOCOs biggest players, such as Phil Ivey (2009 WSOP Main Event Finalist), Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson and Daniel Negreanu give first-person accounts of their personal journeys and the key moments in their rise to ...more
ebook, 309 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Phil's House Publishing, Inc. (first published September 1st 2009)
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Well I'm glad I read this book, a collection of pro players' ascension stories. It has made me much more realistic about my hallowed dream of some day making a go at serious tournament play like the WSOP (World Series of Poker).

The takeaway points include:
- Professionals are such because the manage their money well
- They don't get sucked into the money-siphoning, life destroying Vegas and gambling world distractions
- They grind away so very many hours in practice, and often pay an "education" fe
Matt Skains
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gambling
Interesting to read how so many of the top pros got their start playing cards for a living, but overall, I wasn't that impressed with the book. Perhaps it would have been better if I had read it closer to when it was published as some of the information seemed really out of date (Eastgate has since stopped playing the game at such a high level and Ivey spends a paragraph talking about how dedicated he is to his wife and how thankful he is for her - they are now divorced).

It's not a bad thing to
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poker
A fun read where you get to know so much about the big poker names you see on TV. Some of these players are now out of favor due to online cheating scandals, but that makes it all the more interesting. You get to see who these players were prior to becoming household names. How did they get there? And how does this book only have three ratings???
Fairly interesting, but poorly written/edited. It reads like a first draft written by the players, and doesn't seem like there was any professional editing. It also felt like an advertisement for the various sites the players had deals with, and the book is not very timely in other regards as well. If you don't already own it, I would not bother with this book.
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If you follow poker on television and would like to learn more about how different players turned pro then this is the book for you. It follows 17 well known poker pro's and 3 new faces that are making names for themselves. Interesting background on those included.
Raphael Clayette
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poker
Very interesting book. One of my preferred poker ones.
I love those (true) stories. Discovering both dark and light sides of poker is interesting. It differs from some (too much) dreamy sight of the game and/or las vegas.
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Meh... stories by poker players in their (mostly) own words. The language is very juvenile, although the stories are interesting. Poorly edited with an insane number of annoying errors. Reads like 200 pages of advertising for online poker sites.
Desiree Marquez
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Was pretty good...sorta short stories of how each poker player came to be...
Eugene Tung
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring & enlightening read.
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poker
It's interesting to read back stories on some of the well known players.
Tyler Nals
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poker players should read. Good stuff.
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