Texas Hold'em For Dummies introduces you to thefundamental concepts and strategies of this wildly popular game. Itcovers the rules for playing and betting, odds, etiquette, Hold'emlingo, and offers sound advice to avoid mistakes. This handyreference guide gives new and even seasoned players winningstrategies and tactics not just for playing the game, but forwinning. You'll learn:Rules and strategies for limit, no-limit, tournament, andonline playHow to "play" the other playersThe importance of your bankroll—recommended sizes andmoreHands you should and should not playHow to camouflage your play and dodge trapsWhen, who, and how to bluffHow to maximize your win with check-raising and trappingThe different approaches for playing in private games,casinos, card rooms, tournaments, and on the InternetHow to use mathematics to your advantage
Texas Hold 'Em is a game of both skill and chance. Butit's a game that can be beaten, and whether you want to makemoney, sharpen your game, or just have a good time, Texas Hold'Em for Dummies will give you the winning edge.
Maybe you’ve never played poker before and you don’teven know what a full house is. Poker For Dummies covers thebasics. Or perhaps you've played for years, but you justdon’t know how to win. This handy guide will help you walkaway from the poker table with winnings, not lint, in your pockets.If you’re a poker expert, you still canbenefit – some of the suggestions may surprise you,and you can certainly learn from the anecdotes from professionalplayers like T.J. Cloutier and Stu Unger.
Know what it takes to start winning hand after hand by exploringstrategy; getting to know antes and betting structure; knowing youropponents, and understanding the odds. Poker For Dummiesalso covers the following topics and more:Poker games such as Seven-Card Stud, Omaha, and TexasHold'emSetting up a game at homePlaying in a casino: Do's and don'tsImproving your play with Internet and video pokerDeciphering poker sayings and slangTen ways to read your opponent's body languagePlaying in poker tournamentsMoney management and recordkeepingKnowing when and how to bluff
Poker looks like such a simple game. Anyone, it seems, can playit well – but that's far from the truth. Learningthe rules can be quick work, but becoming a winning player takesconsiderably longer. Still, anyone willing to make the effort canbecome a good player. You can succeed in poker the way you succeedin life: by facing it squarely, getting up earlier than the nextperson, and working harder and smarter than the competition.
Foreword by Chris Moneymaker, 2003 World Series of PokerChampion.
Molly Bloom reveals how she built one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world—an insider’s story of excess and danger, glamour and greed.
In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen—she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play.
Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly’s game became the game for those in the know—celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exclusive restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men, and was privy to the world’s most delicious gossip, until it all came crashing down around her.
Molly’s Game is a behind the scenes look at Molly’s game, the life she created, the life she lost, and what she learned in the process.
This book is the only poker book available that caters specifically to online sit-n-go (SNG) single-table low-limit Texas Hold’em tournaments. More importantly, it is the only poker book that guides the reader on a progressive path upward through the various limits, with only the information necessary to win with any bankroll or skill level to beat that specific low limit. Presented in a series of steps, the book provides guidelines that help tell the reader when to move up to a higher limit.
SNG’s have very predictable durations (40-60 minutes) so the reader could effectively set aside blocks of time to play. Unlike other games, the book contends that SNG’s have very predictable win/loss rates, can be defeated systematically, and offer an innate system of progression. That is, the various buy-in amounts can be viewed as a climbable ladder that helps gauge success.
As with any gambling, winning is not a sure thing. But this book gives you the tools you need to win.
After fifteen years of keeping notes on the things he's learned, the greats he's played with, and the celebrities he's taught, Phil Gordon has poured every single thing he knows about No Limit Texas Hold'em into this little green book. Taking a page from Harvey Penick's bestselling book of golf wisdom, Phil plays the role of both teacher and student, offering up insightful tips on how to think about poker and how to develop a singular style of play. Through philosophy, psychology, strategy, math, and the knowledge gleaned from playing poker with everyone from T. J. Cloutier and Phil Ivey to Hank Azaria and Ben Affleck, Phil breaks down the game into enlightening instructional tidbits and illustrative anecdotes that inspire the kind of persistence and motivation necessary to improve your game.
A book to rank with Doyle Brunson's Super System and David Sklansky's The Theory of Poker, Phil Gordon's Little Green Book deserves a spot on the shelf of every serious student of the game.
One of America's best-known chess masters, Bruce Pandolfini has helped millions learn the intricacies of chess through his acclaimed books and workshops. In this exciting volume, he presents a complete overview of the entire game and its culture. Structured as a dialogue between a beginning student and an expert teacher, Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess takes the student step-by-step from fundamentals to advanced, highly strategic play. Combining easy-to-follow diagrams with trenchant and up-to-date analysis, Pandolfini puts a new twist on accepted chess theory, offering a seamless beginning-to-end approach, including:
• a short introductory history of the game
• the moves, rules, and contemporary notation forms
• the basic principles of chess
• how to develop an opening repertoire
• the art of tactical play
• pattern recognition and memory aids
• traps and pitfalls to be avoided
• middlegame play, strategy, and planning
• defense and counterattack
• transitions to the endgame and the endgame itself
• computers and the future of chess
• the best websites for playing chess online
With Pandolfini's expert insight into the history and modern world of chess, as well as several appendices to enhance play and appreciation, Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess makes the perfect gift for players of all ages and will be the benchmark title for chess players for years to come.
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One of professional poker's most intriguing and fascinating players, Gus Hansen has often been called "The Madman" for his crazy, fearless, aggressive style. But you can't dispute the fact that this poker superstar knows how to win--and win big. The holder of the inaugural Poker Superstars Invitational title as well as the only player to win three World Poker Tour tournaments, Gus won his fifth major international title when he became the 2007 Aussie Millions Champion, outlasting 747 players and nabbing $1.2 million. Now, for the first time ever, Gus analyzes the hands that he played during the tournament and reveals his secrets for winning in Every Hand Revealed.
• An extensive, easy-to-follow analysis of the more than 300 hands he played during the Aussie Millions. . .
• The radical, yet coolly logical, methods behind Gus's "madness" that have helped him to win consistently. . .
• Each and every bluff, precise calculation, educated guess, and read of his opponents . . .
• How to call large bets with seemingly unplayable hands. . .
• When to raise out of position with garbage holdings. . .
• How the prize structure should influence your play. . .
• And much more!
Offering unlimited access to one of the most successful, popular poker players out there, Every Hand Revealed will help you understand some of poker's most coveted secrets--and simply shows you the right way to play the game whether you're a beginner or a poker pro. Now with Gus Hansen by your side, you too can turbo-charge your game and watch it take off!
Superstar poker pro Gus Hansen has shaken up the poker world with his loose, aggressive style. Called "The Great Dane" as well as "The Madman," the five-time international title-holder transforms his hands with cool logic . . .and flattens his opponents. Voted one of the world's sexiest men by People Magazine, Gus is an avid athlete, backgammon player, and poker commentator for both Danish and American T.V.
You never get a second chance to make a firstimpression?especially in the game of chess! Chess Openings ForDummies gives you tips and techniques for analyzing openingsand strategies for winning chess games from the very first move youmake!
This friendly, helpful guide provides you with easy-to-followand step-by-step instructions on the top opening chess strategiesand gives you the tools you need to develop your own line of attackfrom the very start.Includes illustrations to help ensure victoryEquips you with the tools and strategies to plan a winningstrategyAlso serves as a valuable resource for curriculums that usechess as a learning tool
Whether you?re a veteran or novice chess player, ChessOpenings For Dummies is the ultimate guide to getting a grip onthe openings and variants that will ensure you have all the rightmoves to open and win any chess game.
But now, Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer specializing in nonverbal communication and behavior analysis—or, to put it simply, a man who can tell when someone's lying—offers foolproof techniques, illustrated with amazing examples from poker pro Phil Hellmuth, that will help you decode and interpret your opponents' body language and other silent tip-offs while concealing your own. You'll become a human lie detector, ready to call every bluff—and the most feared player in the room.
However, few players understand exactly how to exploit these games. Competent players who generally play larger stakes will, of course, beat them. But they won’t beat them for nearly as much as they ought to. Why? Because they don’t understand how to adjust correctly.
Playing a solid, competent, decently aggressive style is a strategy that will be profitable. That said, you should not be content with just beating these games - you should be absolutely crushing them. The trick to doing this is to disregard a lot of “correct” poker and get way out of line at the right times. The methods required are far from obvious or intuitive but in Mastering Small Stakes No-Limit Hold’em Jonathan Little explains them in great detail.
Jonathan constructs a basic strategy to crush small stakes games and also identifies the adjustments that need to be made when facing more competent opposition.
You need this book if…You frequently play small stakes no-limit hold’emYou usually play larger stakes but (especially live) often have to make do with smaller stakes gamesYou play tournaments (such as WSOP events) that feature numerous recreational players
If you've never tried Pot-Limit Omaha, you're missing out on the most exciting, most lucrative cash game around. Omaha has long been the most popular form of poker in Europe, and now it's spreading like wildfire throughout North America. The reason is simple: Omaha offers more action and bigger pots than Texas Hold'em. Isn't it time you got in on it?
Whether you're a cash-game professional or poker hobbyist--and whether you play live or online--this book will arm you with a winning big-play strategy that's easy to master even if you've never played Omaha before. You'll discover the subtle distinctions that set Omaha above other games.
Key topics include:
• The Big Play Objectives
• The Power of the Big Draw
• Straight Draws and Starting Hand Construction
• Playing the Position Game
• Limit Omaha Hi/Lo and Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
Complete with practice situations and hand quizzes, this is the most comprehensive Omaha book available--and the only one you'll ever need.
Jeff Hwang is a semi-professional poker player and an investment analyst who regularly writes about the gaming industry for the Motley Fool, a well known website about stocks and investing. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S./B.A. in both finance and management, Jeff has been an advantage player since 1999, when he took an interest in blackjack. After he graduated college, Jeff picked up poker, and he has been playing semi-professionally ever since. His regular lineup includes Pot-Limit Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo, with the occasional No-Limit Hold'em game. The material in this book is the result of playing various Omaha games nearly exclusively for over eighteen months, both live and online. Jeff lives in St. Louis eight months of the year and spends time in Fort Lauderdale, Washington, D.C., and on the road the rest.
One problem: the U.S. Department of Justice was gunning for them. . . .
Based on extensive insider interviews and participation, acclaimed author Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush tells the captivating rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into AbsolutePoker.com, one of the largest online companies in the world, on par with some of the behemoths of the Internet. At its height, Absolute Poker was an online empire earning more than a million dollars a day, following savvy business strategy and even better luck. Its founders set up their operations in the exotic jungle paradise of Costa Rica, embracing an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money.
Meanwhile, the gray area of U.S. and international law in which the company operated was becoming a lot more risky, and soon the U.S. Department of Justice had placed a bull's-eye on Absolute Poker. Should they fold—or double down and ride their hot hand? Impossible to put down, Straight Flush is an exclusive, never-before-seen look behind the headlines of one of the wildest business stories of the past decade.
Kings, queens, knights—does chess seem like a royal pain to grasp? Taking the intimidation out of this age-old pastime, Chess For Dummies, 4th Edition is here to help beginners wrap their minds around the rules of the game, make sense of those puzzling pieces, and start playing chess like a champ. From using the correct chess terminology to engaging in the art of the attack, you'll get easy-to-follow, step-by-step explanations that demystify the game—and give you an extra edge.
Chess isn't a game you can master—it's an activity that requires patience, strategy, and constant learning. But that's all part of the fun and challenge! Whether you're playing chess online, in a tournament, or with a family member or friend, this hands-on guide gets you familiar with the game and its components, giving you the know-how to put the principles of play into action from the opening to the endgame.Grasp the principles of play and the nuances of each phase of the gameFamiliarize yourself with the pieces and the boardPick the perfect chess board and setKnow each of the pieces and their powers
If you find yourself in a stalemate before you even begin a game, this friendly book helps you put your chess foot forward!
More than a lesson in chess fundamentals, this book illustrates an increasingly prevalent and successful style of play — a method that begins by slowly accumulating small but permanent advantages, saving the outright attack for later in the game. Newly converted into the current algebraic chess notation, this edition of Simple Chess offers a strategic weapon for players at every level of expertise.
The Ultimate Player’s Guide to Minecraft XBOX Edition
Minecraft: These worlds are YOURS!
Minecraft is WAY more than a game: it’s an alternate universe of creation, exhilaration, survival, adventure, passion! Don’t enter that universe alone. Take an experienced guide who’ll help you constantly as you learn the secrets of Minecraft on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One!
Stephen O’Brien has been obsessing over Minecraft since its earliest betas. He’s seen it all! Now, he’ll take you deep inside craft and mine, cave and menagerie, farm and village. He’ll reveal combat traps and tricks you need to know… teach you enchantments of unimaginable power… help you survive where few dare to go… help you OWN the infinite worlds of Minecraft! Based on the international best-seller of the same name, this book is ideal for Minecrafters of all ages.
Quick-start guide for first-night survival to get started NOW Customize your experience: monstrous, peaceful, and more Harvest resources, craft tools and shelters—let there be light Grab your pickaxe: mine iron, gold, diamonds, and redstone Escape (or defeat!) 14 types of hostile mobs Get friendly mobs on your side and build automated farms Brew potions to cure ills, gain superpowers, and throw at enemies Transform your shelter into a palace (or a secret underwater base) Create customized worlds with unique seeds Learn the secrets of redstone devices, and build incredible rail systems Play safely through The Nether and The End Play with up to eight of your friends on Xbox Live, or run in splitscreen mode
Stephen O’Brien is an Australian-born writer and entrepreneur now residing in Sydney after too many years in Silicon Valley. He has written more than 30 books, including several best-sellers. O’Brien founded Typefi, the world’s leading automated publishing system, and in his spare time invented a new type of espresso machine called mypressi. He’s a perpetual innovator who remains astounded at the unparalleled creativity Minecraft can engender.
From organizing your first D&D game to dealing withdifficult players, this book covers everything a DM needs to know.Written for the newest edition of D&D by the experts at Wizardsof the Coast, creators of the game, it shows you how to:Build challenging encounters, make reasonable rulings, andmanage disagreementsRecognize all the common codes, tables, and spellsUnderstand the parts of a D&D adventure and how to createdungeon maps and craft monstersShape storylines and write your own adventuresFind your style as a DM and develop a game style that plays toyour strengthsScript an encounter, vary the terrain and challenges, andestablish rewards (experience points and treasure)Decide whether to use published adventuresUse and follow the official Dungeon Master’sGuideDevelop a campaign with exciting themes, memorable villains,and plots that keep players entranced
If you’re getting the urge to lead the charge in a D&Dgame of your own, Dungeon Master 4th Edition For Dummieswill introduce you to the DM’s many jobs. With theinformation you need to start your own game, craft excitingstories, and set up epic adventures, you’ll be on yourway!
This volume commemorates the anniversary with a collection of over seventy of the best segments, many with annotations and illustrations.
With chapters on everything from Rock, Paper, Scissors to the Prisoner’s Dilemma to Player Engagement to Quasicrystals to Buddha’s Forbidden Games, GameTek is sure to delight not just game designers and players, but anyone who wants to learn about the world from a new perspective.
• Game Theory
• Game Mechanics
• Psychology Games
From the first time I heard it, the GameTek segment in The Dice Tower podcast became my favorite part of the show. Listening to Geoff is like going to your favorite lesson with your favorite teacher. He teaches about games (yay!) and does it in a very interesting way with lots of examples. He does amazing stuff. He knows about the construction of games, he knows the theory, he knows all that stuff behind the scenes that we gamers do not see when just playing a game and having fun.
Ignacy Trzewiczek, Portal Games
There are many hobby game 'experts' out there, dying to give you their opinion on how the industry works, how games work, what types of games are best, and so on. Geoff Engelstein is the expert that requires your attention. He is a scholar of games, and his research on games and other principles that apply to gaming is matched by none.
Stephen Buonocore, Stronghold Games
Over the years, I’ve listened to a lot of people talk about board games, yet the short snippets that Geoff puts out are the ones that I find myself thinking about in the quiet of the night. His are the segments that you laugh at and say, “I have NO idea what you are talking about” — but later on use to show people just how intellectual you are.
Tom Vasel, The Dice Tower
In his Little Gold Book, Phil Gordon reexamines the game from the ground up. The key to competing with today’s top players is finding the post-flop edge, but to really understand this new playing style, you need to get comfortable with the underlying math. Don’t be intimidated. Gordon makes this challenging material as approachable and simple as possible. Beginning with the foundations of Poker 2.0, he unpacks the modern poker player’s tool kit, rigorously examines the new lines of play in No Limit Hold’em, dissects the fast and furious strategies of Pot Limit Omaha, and explores the winning poker mind-set that will take your game to an entirely different level.
The golden age of poker is upon us. Phil Gordon’s Little Gold Book will shorten your learning curve, and if you’re willing to put in the time and the work, big bankrolls await.
Arguably the most successful poker crew of all time, they took advantage of the online poker boom to win tens of millions of dollars before most of them were old enough to set foot inside a casino. Then they did what any red-blooded teenagers with mountains of cash and no responsibilities would do: They partied like rock stars, transforming themselves from Internet nerds with zero life skills into legends, at least in their own minds.
In Ship It Holla Ballas!, Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback trace the rise and fall of Internet poker through the eyes of its most unlikely stars: A group of teenage college dropouts, united by social media, who bluffed their way to the top of the game.
Gordon walks readers through hands that he's encountered in cash games; early, middle, and late tournament play; Sit & Gos; satellites and supersatellites; and the final table of the World Series of Poker, revealing not only what plays he made but also why he made them. He relates what goes through a pro's mind in every situation, whether it's a timely bluff or a questionable call, and helps players calculate their own best moves in the most pressure-fueled of situations. In analyzing specific hands, Gordon also imparts important lessons in key poker skills such as calculating odds, shorthanded play, and discovering tells. And he discusses memorable plays -- the good and the oh-so-bad -- explaining why certain moves were made and, in many cases, how the hands should have been played differently.
Insightful, witty, and filled with real-life pro secrets, Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book is required reading for every player looking to make a profit and raise his game to the next level.
Here are the rules of the game from the master, including invaluable advice on how to play the hand you are dealt—what to bet, when to raise, when to bluff, when to fold—as well as surefire techniques for developing and trusting in your own ability to "read" your opponents and interpret their moves.
Whether you're sitting in at a comfortable Limit Hold'em game or going for the gold at a high-stakes No-Limit table, this book will have you winning in no time, the Phil Hellmuth way!
Did you love Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol? Are youfascinated by secret codes and deciphering lost history?Cracking Codes and Cryptograms For Dummies shows you how tothink like a symbologist to uncover mysteries and history bysolving cryptograms and cracking codes that relate to Freemasonry,the Knights Templar, the Illuminati, and other secret societies andconspiracy theories.
You'll get easy-to-follow instructions for solving everythingfrom the simplest puzzles to fiendishly difficult ciphers usingsecret codes and lost symbols.Over 350 handcrafted cryptograms and ciphers of varyingtypesTips and tricks for cracking even the toughest codeSutherland is a syndicated puzzle author; Koltko-Rivera is anexpert on the major symbols and ceremonies of Freemasonry
With the helpful information in this friendly guide, you'll beunveiling mysteries and shedding light on history in no time!
Do you play hands you should fold? Do you sometimes go too far with hands, hoping to get lucky while knowing that the pot odds don't justify calling? Ever kept playing even when you knew you were off your game because you were losing and wanted to get even? Have you let anger or destructive urges affect the way you play even though you know better?
Don't despair! Now, in Your Worst Poker Enemy, psychologist Dr. Alan Schoonmaker shows you how to reap the full benefits of the poker knowledge you already have by helping you to identify and stop psychologically based mistakes. This must-have book also features detailed sections that examine crucial points far beyond the scope of most other poker strategy guides, including:
• Using Intuition vs. Logic
• Evaluating Yourself and the Opposition
• Understanding Unconscious and Emotional Factors
• Adjusting to Changes
• Handling stress
Dr. Schoonmaker will help you to recognize and defeat the often crippling psychological factors that distort your perceptions about yourself, other players, and the game itself and send you on your way to becoming the best poker player you can be!
Alan N. Schoonmaker, Ph.D, is the author of the top-selling The Psychology of Poker and is a columnist for Card Player magazine. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Berkeley and has conducted research and taught at UCLA, Carnegie-Mellon, and Belgium's Catholic University of Louvain. He lives in Las Vegas.
Bridge is the most popular card game in the world—and, as any player will tell you, is simply the best card game ever. Whether you're new to the game or a long-time player looking for new tricks, this new edition of Bridge For Dummies walks you through the intricacies of the game and arms you with tried-and-true tips and strategies for being a better player and beating your opponents from the very first draw.
Covering not only traditional contract bridge, but other popular variations of the game—including ACOL, Rubber, and Duplicate Bridge—this hands-on, friendly guide takes the guesswork out of this beloved game and arms you with the knowledge and know-how to make your game mates your minions. From knowing when and how high to bid to bringing home the tricks when you end up in a trump contract, it'll take your bridge skills to the next level in no time!Strategize with your bridge partnerConfidently play bridge in clubs and tournamentsUse basic and advanced bidding techniquesFind bridge clubs and tournaments all over the world
Are you ready to trump the competition? Success is a page away with the help of Bridge For Dummies.
Backgammon is one of the oldest games in the world, the originsof which date back some 5000 years – and it's still goingstrong. It enjoyed a huge resurgence in the 1970s, and then againin the 1990s with the popularity of the Internet, where millions ofpeople play tournaments online every day.
Today, backgammon's following in the UK is huge, with adedicated British Isles Backgammon Association, and hundreds offace-to-face tournaments taking place across the UK every year.
In this book, backgammon expert Chris Bray walks you through thebasics of setting up a board, opening strategies, middle andend-game tactics, and tips on when to make key moves. You'll alsoget to grips with basic probabilities, the doubling cube and the25% rule. And if you want to take your gaming further, there'splenty of advice to get you started in tournament backgammon, aswell as playing online.
Suitable for both beginners and experienced player looking formore tips and techniques, Backgammon For Dummies includescoverage on:Starting and Playing the GameHandling the Middle GameBearing Off (The Last Lap)Varying the PlayAbout the author
It is especially designed to assist students of the game who have acquired a smattering of it in some way and who wish to investigate it further at their leisure. Go (Chinese: weiqi, Japanese: igo, Korean: baduk, Vietnamese: cờ vây, common meaning: "encircling game") is a board game for two players that originated in China more than 2,500 years ago.
The game is noted for being rich in strategy despite its relatively simple rules. According to chess master Emanuel Lasker: "The rules of Go are so elegant, organic, and rigorously logical that if intelligent life forms exist elsewhere in the universe, they almost certainly play Go."
Trick shots are anything amusing, surprising, or educational that can be done on a pool or billiard table with standard accessories, and have been around as long as the game itself. Byrne demonstrates historical shots, including some invented by the famous Captain Mingaud, the world’s first professional exhibition player, and newer tricks seen while travelling to tournaments around the world. Filled with easy as well as hard, and technical as well as showy tricks, the book’s clear diagrams, paired with secret insider tips, describe simpler stunts for the beginner, those that take years of practice, and some that the author doubts you’ll ever be able to do.
Whether you want to impress a crowd, a group of friends, or yourself, Byrne’s wild, stunning, and unforgettable trick shots will make you question some principles of physics and wow an audience of one or one-hundred.
Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team.
In addition to books on popular team sports, we also publish books for a wide variety of athletes and sports enthusiasts, including books on running, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, camping, hiking, aviation, boating, and so much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
James McManus was sent to Las Vegas by Harper's to cover the World Series of Poker in 2000, especially the mushrooming progress of women in the $23 million event, and the murder of Ted Binion, the tournament's prodigal host, purportedly done in by a stripper and her boyfriend with a technique so outré it took a Manhattan pathologist to identify it. Whether a jury would convict the attractive young couple was another story altogether.
McManus risks his entire Harper's advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. Only with actual table experience, he tells his skeptical wife, can he capture the hair-raising brand of poker that determines the world champion. The heart of the book is his deliciously suspenseful account of the tournament itself-the players, the hand-to-hand combat, and his own unlikely progress in it.
Written in the tradition of The Gambler and The Biggest Game in Town, Positively Fifth Street is a high-stakes adventure, a penetrating study of America's card game, and a terrifying but often hilarious account of one man's effort to understand what Edward O. Wilson has called "Pleistocene exigencies"-the eros and logistics of our primary competitive instincts.