Ace on the River addresses elements of the game that are unfamiliar to many players. Included are chapters on poker society, money management, family matters, and even sex. This compilation of philosophies and real-table scenarios provides a rare chance to see the poker world through the eyes of someone who lives it.
(P)Last Knight Publishing
"A must read for serious players." (Mike Sexton, TV host for the World Poker Tour)
"This book contains a lot of stuff I knew but had never seen written before." (Doyle Brunson, poker legend)
This is a good book to learn how to live a good life as a poker player. Not a great book to learn to play great poker. a little disapointed
Although much of this book is about personal experiences of Barry's, it is a very interesting book which is very helpful. I have listened to it several times, and pick up something new each time.
One disadvantage to this as an audiobook is that you lose all of the illustrations. I looked at the book in the bookstore, and it is much easier to follow the poker instruction in print than in audio format.
I highly recommend this book, but you may want to consider buying the print version.
If one wishes to learn about Barry (won 1st tournament at 12, gives generously to charities, worked at -- not founded -- Symantics) this is the book for you. He includes much of his life story, his philosophies about poker as a profession (and about, curiously, horse betting), and speaks clearly about ethics in poker. One has to get to chapter 21 or so, however, to learn much about how to play poker. That Doyle Brunson would make the incredible statement that he, Doyle, learned from this book is silly. The book reads well, but it is not a handbook on how to play poker.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's clear he wishes he spent more time with his family and less gambling. He offers good insights into life as a gambler. Phil Gordon's book was more helpful in improving my game. I think Phil Helmuth's book will make you a bad player. Of course, I loved SUPER SYSTEM 2 by Doyle Brunson (wish it was on audio). That being said, Ace on the River is the most enjoyable of the "poker" books available at audible.com. I think his life lessons, like those given in SUPER SYSTEM 2, are as valuable as the strategies and techniques.
I loved this book. I have listened to it several times, I actually listen to it when i am playing poker and it serves to help me think clearer and play better.
A professor at Dodge College, I teach Film Music. I spent 33 years in the movie business before teaching. I LOVE books and my girls. Ta-Da!
I really enjoyed this. You feel like you're hanging with Barry. There's a lot to learn despite some of the criticism. Attitude, strategy and even chaos math is covered. NOTE: the actual book has a lot of cool pictures.
Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!
I would say that this book would be best suited for someone seriously considering (or already) playing poker as a livelihood. It was a little slow in parts where Barry tells his stories, as some were interesting, and some weren't to me. If you are looking for a book to teach the game, this is not the book for you. However, it does give very good insight to living the life as a poker player.
Very informative, excellent read.
Barry do really apply his poker philosophy on the table when he plays.
After reading or listening to this book, it is a good follow up to go see his played hands on You Tube.
It explains to most why you would not want to become a professional poker player. There is very little on poker itself. It talk about different poker games, not just holdem. I enjoyed the last few chapters the best.
Ace on the River is not a typical "how to" book, but anyone with any interest in poker will find it interesting. There is so much more involved in being a successful poker player than knowing how to play the game, and this book will take you through many of the issues that you may face. This is one of the best books on the intangibles of playing poker.
"No Poker Tips Here."
I would suggest this book to anyone who plays poker or has a someone close who plays poker. It will let you in on the mindset of a poker play. It is a great listen and I will probably listen again and again.Barry does a great job of narration and makes it an even better listen. If you are a poker player this is definitely one to put on your list.
Remember there are no tips in this books this is the story of Barry Greenstein.
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