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Poker in the Movies

Later this year we will be publishing Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game, by Martin Harris. Here is a short extract:

“Poker in the Movies”

The representation of poker in films likely has had more to do with determining opinions about the game and its significance than has any other variety of American popular culture. One could argue that when it comes to shaping ideas about how poker is played and the meaning often attributed to the game, John Wayne, W.C. Fields, and Paul Newman have exerted more influence than have any other trio of players who have played the game.

Why Game Theory Optimal (GTO) play is a means and not an end

Anyone following the content on our site and in this magazine will know that we are very excited about our upcoming book, Modern Poker Theory by Michael Acevedo. We are certain that this book will become a modern classic. The core theme behind the book is to give the reader an understanding of what GTO play entails.

Risk Versus Reward

As I’ve noted here before, the subject of poker in popular culture is kind of a bottomless well. There’s no end to examples of poker turning up in “mainstream” contexts like feature films, radio and television programs, music, literature, magazines, paintings, and elsewhere.

Indeed, practically all of the chapters in my forthcoming book Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game could be expanded much further to full length books themselves.

Take the topic of poker in the movies, for example…

Modern Poker Theory Nearing Completion

At D&B we get excited about all our books. We love to put out high-quality productions that have the best poker information available in book form. However, we think that the upcoming Modern Poker Theory by Michael Acevedo will be something quite special and undoubtedly become a classic…

New Winner - ADVICE competition

People occasionally complain that (for example) $35 is a lot of money to spend on a poker book. My stock reply is that if you learn JUST ONE THING from a book that you subsequently put into practice, then you have almost certainly got your money back. If you learn dozens of things from a book, then… well, you do the maths…

Researching 'Poker & Pop Culture' at the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV

Work continues on my forthcoming book for D&B Poker, Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game, due to appear next summer in time for the World Series of Poker. I am looking forward to being in Las Vegas during the WSOP for the launch of the book. Thanks to those who have already preordered a copy!

In fact, I am actually writing from Las Vegas right now where I am currently spending time at the University of Nevada Las Vegas doing some additional research for the book at the Center for Gaming Research.

ANNOUNCING:  Poker & Pop Culture

Hello, readers! I’m excited to share with you news about my forthcoming book for D&B Poker, Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game, due to appear next summer in time for the World Series of Poker.

Book Excerpts

Telling lies at the table

In 2015 I played two very low buy-in events at the WSOP. Although I’d probably played half a million hands online prior to that, it was my first ever experience of live play. I busted out of both events and there is only one hand that I remember. There is one very specific reason why I remember it and it has nothing to do with the hand itself being of any great interest.

Book Excerpts

To Solve or not to Solve

We are delighted to announce that the forthcoming book The Pursuit of Poker Success by leading poker journalist Lance Bradley is now at the printers. This is a fascinating book and a must-read for anyone who is interested in how the greatest players in poker achieved their success.

Mastering Mixed Games

One of our major books for summer publication will be Mastering Mixed Games by David Macklin. Mixed games comprise all the weird and wonderful poker variants such as Omaha 8, Stud, Triple Draw, 2-7 lowball etc. Analysing and playing these fascinating games can make a refreshing change from endless NL hold’em.

Since they are nevertheless poker games many of the concepts already familiar from hold’em apply to these variants but the unusual structure of the games means that these concepts must be adjusted. Here is how David Macklin introduces the theme of hand selection in Omaha 8 and also warns against the typical recreational player sin of playing too loose.

If you enjoy the full article and think this book is for you then pre-order now and the book or ebook will be sent to you as soon as it publishes: Mastering Mixed Games

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