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Book Review

Title:  Ace on the River:
An Advanced Poker Guide
Author:  Barry Greenstein
Publisher:  Last Knight Publishing Company
Price:  $16.50
Pages:  328
ISBN:  0972044221
rating:  texas holdem poker book review stars

Barry Greenstein is a very successful professional poker player who has been striding the country's card rooms for over three decades. His face is very familiar to poker aficionados as he is a regular fixture of poker TV shows such as High Stakes Poker. His nickname is The Robin Hood of Poker because he makes very large donations of his winnings to charities.

If you are looking for a book on poker theory revealing Barry's poker secrets, this book may not totally satisfy your hunger. Ace on the River contains elements of poker theory plus a large part which is like an autobiography of Barry Greenstein with his philosophical thoughts about poker.

Barry Greenstein first describes how he became a full time pro, starting from amateur home games to being a semi-pro while working on his math Ph.D. thesis until he got a job which he finally quit in order to allocate all his time to his passion for poker. The book then offers a glimpse into the life of high stakes professional poker playing, with all its trappings.

These complimentary advices should not be taken lightly if you want to succeed on the pro scene, and poker skills alone will usually not be sufficient. He describes what it takes to survive in this throat-slashing world.

Among the topics, he addresses attitude, skills, bankroll management, integrity, family, gambling and even sexuality.

In the chapter called "Advanced Play", Barry discusses concepts related to the mathematics of poker, game theory & chaos. He then reveals some theoretical concepts and reviews some no-limit tournament hands that he played.

Ace on the River is not a book for everyone, but it is certainly a book for people who have a passion for poker. Barry writes with a lot of humility and if you want to make it to the professional stage, you must read this autobiography. Ace on the River contains many behind the scene details which are not often exposed.

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