Luis V. Velador is the author of Poker is a Game of Chance. According to The Independent Book Review, Velador is a graduate of the prestigious University of Michigan School of Law. His book takes the reader on a tour of the world of poker as he travels the world searching for the best players in the game.
Velador states in the Preface that he is not a good enough player to play poker at its highest level. In his quest to prove the world of poker wrong, he turns to every major tournament and challenges himself to win and teach others how to do the same. He delves into the history of poker, explains poker’s rules, and uses the narratives to make his point.
Velador claims that many top players are not really playing poker at the highest level, but rather they are afraid to reveal their true ability. They will secretly create fake accounts and play the game. Velador begins to challenge them to prove him wrong by playing in tournaments where the stakes are larger.
Velador states that he practices this method every day so that he will be able to play like a pro at any given moment. At the end of the day, Velador states that he hopes others will continue to do what he has done and other players will come up with more clever ways to cheat.
The tone of the book makes it easy to follow along with, and the introduction really sets the theme for the book. Velador walks the reader through the history of poker and then uses an example of a player known as “Deuce”. Velador compares Deuce to John Singleton Wells. Wells was actually a renowned professional poker player, and the two even played against each other at times.
Velador also has tips for top players as well. For example, he states that if a player wants to learn how to make a lot of money, then he or she must focus on one skill. In order to be a good tournament player, the player must play constantly and learn the ins and outs of the game.
This is the first book I have read that details the actual playing of the game, as opposed to just talking about it. It is also one of the few books that using a real life example to prove a point. Velador breaks down poker’s rules and discusses them very clearly. This is the only type of book that is full of worthwhile facts and tools.
The best part of the book, and probably the most shocking, is that Velador states that poker is a game of chance. His book shows that he was trying to break down the myth that poker is a game of skill. The entire process made me want to look at the game in a different light, something that I love to do when I think about the game.
The poker book became one of my favorites because of how positive it is. You would never think that someone could get so frustrated and upset at the game. Velador found so many other players that he felt had the same problems as him and thought they could benefit from his stories.
The main message of the book is that poker is a game of chance. Some people have practiced the game at a very high level, and others did not. What Velador found is that he could play at a higher level and be successful, but he needed to work harder at the game.
Luck is a part of the game and no one can truly control it. Velador states that people that play online poker do not have a clue as to how to play the game. They practice to have luck, and do not practice the game itself.
Poker is a game of skill. Velador points out the value of doing the work and practicing every day. That is something that all of us can use.