Book Review: The 50 Greatest Stories in Poker History

The 50 Greatest Stories in Poker History was published by Huntington Press in October 2021. It is a short, digestible and entertaining book about the history of poker.

Instead of a long, continuous narrative of how the world’s favorite card game evolved, he gives you 50 short stories about poker. These stories are fascinating snapshots of poker history. The chapters are in chronological order, so until the end of this new one a poker history bookyou’ll have a comprehensive look at how poker got from its earliest stages to the global industry it is today.

Chapters in the 50 Greatest Stories in Poker History

The earliest story dates back to 1836. It is about an American soldier serving in the US Army’s “Dragoon Regiment”. He tries to organize an evening of “rational enjoyment” with his fellows. There’s just one problem though – his major “just lost a couple of cool hundreds last night in poker” and so he’s not in a patient mood.

You’ll also read about Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States (and the only one to resign from office), who amassed enough money playing poker in the US Navy to help finance his first campaign for the House of the representatives. You’ll read about the “most questionable” heads-up match between first-time WSOP Main Event winner Johnny Moss and Nick “the Greek” Dandolos; as well as a 10-high river call by the legendary Stu Ungar that is forever cemented in poker history.

There are many stories from the modern era as well. The book has a chapter on the long and bitter internet feud between two poker greats, Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu. It started with a raise from PokerStars and ended with a fierce, $200/$400 No Limit Hold’em heads-up challenge – as well as a newfound respect for each other for the two former enemies. The stories also include that of Instagram “bad boy” Dan Bilzerian and whether or not he got his much-vaunted poker fortune as he claims. They also include the most egregious cheating scandals the game of poker has ever seen. These are the stories of the “potripper” of the now defunct online poker site Absolute Poker and the case of Mike Postle at Stones Gambling Hall.

On top of that, you’ll also read about the biggest loser in online poker history, the biggest online tournament winner in poker history, and the biggest buy-in tournament in poker history.

How to buy the 50 greatest stories in poker history

You can purchase this fun new poker history book directly from the publisher at click here; or order it from Amazon from click here. Shipping is free for United States residents if you place your order on any site.

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