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by Michael Kaplan,Brad Reagan

Aces and Kings: Inside Stories and Million-Dollar Strategies From Poker's Greatest Players download ebook
ISBN:
1932958606
ISBN13:
978-1932958607
Author:
Michael Kaplan,Brad Reagan
Publisher:
Wenner (May 10, 2006)
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Pages:
304 pages
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1150 kb
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1677 kb
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Puzzles & Games
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Rating:
4.9

Now in paperback, Aces and Kings takes readers behind the poker phenomenon. Michael Kaplan is a writer in Brooklyn. He has written extensively about gambling for Details, Sports Illustrated, and Smart Money. He also writes a gambling column for Cigar Aficionado.

Now in paperback, Aces and Kings takes readers behind the poker phenomenon. Brad Reagan, also based in Brooklyn, has written about poker for the Wall Street Journal, Las Vegas Life, and Men’s Journal.

Now in paperback, Aces and Kings takes readers behind the poker phenomenon, providing the first and .

Now in paperback, Aces and Kings takes readers behind the poker phenomenon, providing the first and only comprehensive look at the game’s top players.

But that’s really a minor quibble; with Aces and Kings, Kaplan and Reagan have brought a significant chunk of the world of poker very much to life. And there is a great strategic lesson here: the great players are in an entirely different league from most of the rest of u. .

Other authors: See the other authors section. A colorful look inside the world of high-stakes poker charts the history and development of poker and offers profiles of some of the game's top players-including Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim Preston, and Chris Moneymaker-and their personal insights, how-to advice, and professional tips on how they wi. (more).

Kaplan, Michael; Reagan, Brad. New York : Wenner Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana.

Stories and Million-Dollar Strategies from Poker's Greates Players. Aces and Kings is a wonderful book about the lives styles, wins and losses of these world-class players.

Aces and Kings : Inside Stories and Million-Dollar Strategies from Poker's Greates Players. by Brad Reagan and Michael Kaplan. The stylistic writing of Michael Kaplan and Brad Reagan in Aces and Kings ranks right up there with the best of poker literature such as the books by A. Alvarez (The Biggest Game in Town) and Anthony Holden (Big Deal: One Year as a Professional Poker Player).

Inside Stories and Million-Dollar Strategies from Poker's Greatest Players. Price for Eshop: 170 Kč (€ . ). THE FIRST AND ONLY COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT POKER'S TOP PLAYERS Charts the evolution and practice of poker through fascinating profiles of its most influential players, including valuable nuggets of how-to advice. Poker is hotter than ever. Now comes the perfect book for this ever growing group of poker players - beginners and aficionados alike.

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Continue reading the main story. Alison Mitchell and Brad Reagan were married Saturday. He is a co-author of three books, including Aces & Kings: Inside Stories and Million-Dollar Strategies of Poker’s Greatest Players

Continue reading the main story. The Rev. Dr. William H. Bellinger J. a Baptist minister, officiated at the Millbrook Vineyards and Winery in Millbrook, . in a ceremony in which his wife, the Rev. Elizabeth S. Bellinger, also a Baptist minister, took part. He is a co-author of three books, including Aces & Kings: Inside Stories and Million-Dollar Strategies of Poker’s Greatest Players. He graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Te. and received a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. He is a son of Nelwyn Reagan and Dr. Ross Reagan, also of Waco.

Now in paperback, Aces and Kings takes readers behind the poker phenomenon, providing the first and only comprehensive look at the game's top players, how they win, and what you can learn from them

The recent poker craze shows no sign of letting up. Online poker sites continue to explode with new players, casinos across the country are adding floor space to accommodate tournaments, and celebrities like Tobey Maguire and Ben Affleck jockey to be seen at the big tables.

Aces and Kings is the perfect book for this ever-growing group of poker players -- beginners and aficionados alike. It tells readers everything they need to know about the game through fascinating intimate profiles of the game's greatest players, including World Series of Poker winners Doyle Brunson, "Amarillo Slim" Preston, Chris Moneymaker, Howard "the Professor" Lederer, and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson. The authors have received unprecedented access to poker's top practitioners, and this book provides thrilling moments, valuable insights, and how-to advice taken from real-life moments at the highest-stakes tables.

Reviews:
  • Still In Mind
This book is a must read for anyone who would like to learn the basics of where the big names in the game today and in the past came from, what events/forces shaped their approaches to the game, and what makes them tick. In chapters of about 15 pages each the authors profile some of the greatest names in the history of the game. Separate chapters are including for Puggy Pearson, Amarillo Slim, Doyle Brunson, Chip Reese, Stu Unger, Erik Seidel, Phil Hellmuth, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Howard Lederer, David "Devilfish" Ulliott, Chris Ferguson, and Barry Greenstein. Three chapters are devoted to Women in Poker, the Web Kids, and the New Superstars. I would have enjoyed reading separate chapters on Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and Anne Duke, but the book already runs to 266 pages with two appendices.

One reviewer complained that "the flow is uneven and a little distracting." I find it to be precisely the opposite. For the most part the flow of the book is much like the flow of a conversation with one of the profiled players. True, some segments are out of chronological order, but I found them to be in subject-logical order. And that's precisely the way you or I would learn the "Amarillo Slim Story" or the "Chris Ferguson Story" from a conversation with one of these icons.

Another complaint voiced in one review is that the book fails to deliver any "million-dollar strategies." Perhaps my take is distorted by the fact that I loved the book and having played a little poker in the days when Slim, Doyle and others dominated the Texas Circuit, enjoyed reliving those days. But I disagree with that reviewer in two specific ways. First, poker is a complex game involving not only the cards, the chips, and the players at the table, but much more. Anyone who has read Barry Greenstein's book "Ace on the River" understands that even for the professional poker player, the game played at the table is one of many components of one's life, and indeed of the game. Secondarily, there are some very important lessons to be learned from the book that do apply directly to the action at the table. Yes, it's all been written elsewhere. But here each very specific point is made through recounting of a very specific situation and that's more likely to stick as a result of reading the story than from reading a list of guidelines.

However, in order to pick up on these "strategies" the reader must do more than enjoy the read. I compiled a lengthy list of specifics from notes taken when reading the book. And those who take a few moments after reading a chapter - or after each event discussed within the chapter - to reflect on what can be learned, may be surprised at what they can learn from this book about the game of poker and the game of life.

Humans are designed to learn from specific events and the telling of those events - specific stories, myths, and parables. Evolution prepared us to learn from our own individual experiences and from tales told around the campfire. And it's these specific stories that we learn best from today. Here's an example from the mythology of poker: What critical concept is encapsulated in the phrase "a chip and a chair"? Many of us may remember only that some guy was down to a single chip and went on to win the World Series of Poker. It was Jack Straus, but that detail is immaterial. The story conveys the "don't give up" message so strongly that it's almost as if the reader had that experience herself!

Well this book contains a plethora of such stories. In the time required for reading and reflecting on the stories in this book a thoughtful reader will likely glean more of value from them than from an equivalent time setting at the table.
  • Weiehan
One of the consequences of the big poker craze is that books are coming out a million on the subject. Aces and Kings is a perfect example of the fad, but it bares none of the hallmarks of quick production. The prose reads very much like what one would expect to find in a mainstream magazine; which is not surprising as several of these chapters appeared first in places like Cigar Aficionado. The book, on the whole, is quality and chocked full of details. It's main focus concerns those who try to make an easy living in the hardest way possible, i.e. the professional players. With ESPN and The Travel Channel, they have ever-increasingly become the focus of the public's attention. Aces and Kings attempts to inform readers about the poker life by analyzing its biggest names and figures. Many of these cardsharps have become celebrities overnight. Their mini-biographies are extremely interesting and are told over the course of 15 chapters. Three of them, "Web Kids," "The Women of Poker," and "The New Superstars" concern, groupings of players rather than individuals. In this, I think that they made one major error because Daniel Negreanu deserves a chapter of his own. That guy's personality is big enough to fill a warehouse.

Nearly all of the pros have lives that make for good reading, but, in my opinion, the most fascinating entry was the one concerning Chris Ferguson. In case you might not recognize his name, he was The World Series of Poker 2000 champion and is one of the most recognizable players in the game due to his Black Bart cowboy hat and huge Oakley shades. We discover that his appearance, just like every aspect of his persona, was carefully calculated in the hopes of discouraging his opponents from perceiving just how mathematically oriented he actually is. Ferguson has a PhD in mathematics/artificial intelligence from UCLA, and has spent years forging his probability based approach to the game. His huge black binders are brimming with statistics and determine how he will play hands and scenarios. The results, as we know, have been fantastic. What impressed me most about him was that he went on a severe cold streak in 2002, but did not get discouraged as he "recognized a statistical deviation" when he saw one. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and, even if you are not a huge poker fan, the plots within are about as interesting as something written by Nicholas Pileggi.