The Tao Of Poker: 285 Rules to Transform Your Game and Your Life

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Poker is more than just a card game - it can also help you become a winner away from the gaming tables! By blending the life lessons of a time-honored spiritual practice with the strategy of this popular card game, you can create a powerful approach to successful play - and successful living. In The Tao of Poker, prize-winning poker player Larry Phillips offers more than 280 rules to bring you to new levels of personal achievement, just when and where you need them most.
Here are some of The Tao of Poker’s rules for success:
  • Take the long view
  • Once you commit to a hand, play it strong
  • Don’t throw in good money after bad
  • If you think you’re beat, get out

Try out these rules and watch your game, and your life, improve. Now you can be a winner at home, at work, and at the casino - wherever the stakes for success are high!
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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Mar 1, 2003
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781440519307
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Language
English
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Genres
Games & Activities / Card Games / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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