Poker players will learn a lot here-- from the game' s rules of etiquette and its arcane slang to some of its greatest players' secrets of success. But a person doesn' t have to play poker to enjoy this feast of anecdotes, jokes, puzzles, and trivia. Who rode a camel through a tournament? What happened when Truman and Churchill played poker? Who' s behind those paintings of dogs playing cards? Some of the many rewarding tidbits include a list of the best poker movies, the early history of Las Vegas, and poker stories by Jack London, Bret Harte, Frank Norris, and other famous writers. The illustrations include hilarious cartoons, diagrams of devices used by cheats, and even the backs of marked decks.
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