Originally Posted by sellthekids
this one is pretty spot on:
"If you're looking for a safe, politically correct poker novel, stay far away from this, because it's raw, real, no apologies. It seems the author didn't try to please his readers, instead, he wrote what he wanted, and out came easilly the best poker novel to date, probably ever. Strong and defiant."
it reminded me a lot of Jesse May's book. it certainly is plumbing the degen depths of addiction, but is compelling enough to want to read. by the end i was racing to see the end results.
i was actually re-reading it last night. so i think it has some second time around appeal too.
I played blitz chess with the author outside of the WSOP main room in 2006. He was broke and trying to build up his roll by playing blitz for money there. He told me to check out his book and I kinda brushed it off/ forgot about it for a while until a year or so later when I just happened across it somehow. I've read it twice and loved it. It's the only book I recall ever reading at stoplights. Pretty much impossible to google if you don't know the authors name, unfortunately.
He wrote another book as well on how to win at blitz chess
Originally Posted by RussellinToronto
Yes, when I wrote that _Broke_ was out of print, I was confused, thinking of another self-published novel, _Cards_ by Jonathan Maxwell, recommended by an earlier poster, who said that it was "excellent and much underated. ... it captures something essential about the primative gambling of a degenerate poker player.” I ordered this from Amazon a while back and I still get periodic notes saying they are unable to obtain it but are still trying.
Ha, a friend of mine that I recommended the book to ended up loving it and buying all remaining copies (5 or so) that he could find at the time b/c he wanted to give some to friends.