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Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide | [Barry Greenstein]

Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide

Ace on the River is designed to improve the play of everyone from beginners to seasoned professionals. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Ace on the River is designed to improve the play of everyone from beginners to seasoned professionals. The unique play-by-play section will challenge listeners to think beyond simple starting hands and make better decisions on other streets.

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Joshua Saint Louis, MO, USA 02-14-08
    Joshua Saint Louis, MO, USA 02-14-08
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    "You can hear the regret"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Dunnellon, FL, USA 01-16-08
    Martin Dunnellon, FL, USA 01-16-08
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    "Ace on the River"

    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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Lenoir City, TN, USA 12-05-07
    Rebecca Lenoir City, TN, USA 12-05-07
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    "Good poker book"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lewis Port Angeles, WA, USA 04-21-07
    Lewis Port Angeles, WA, USA 04-21-07
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    "About Barry"

    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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Wright 07-24-07
    Todd Wright 07-24-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Just great!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Stambler LOS ANGELES 10-30-10
    S. Stambler LOS ANGELES 10-30-10 Member Since 2009

    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!

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    "If you're a player it's worth it."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 06-19-09
    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 06-19-09 Member Since 2007

    Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!

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    "A Good Book For Serious Poker Players"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Fanwood, NJ, United States 01-13-12
    Robert Fanwood, NJ, United States 01-13-12
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    "Want to be a poker pro?"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    Thomas Ogden, UT, United States 12-19-11
    Thomas Ogden, UT, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Poker players will enjoy this"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Williams 09-12-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "A way of life i can relate to"

    Great book. Talks about the life of a Poker player to which i can relate. It talks about things that only gamblers have experienced. Don't expect the a-b-c's of how to play Poker, for this rather purchase a book by many other great authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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