From the outset, I must admit I was a little skeptical about Poker Face. It’s an interview with Poker face, a top poker player and coach in the state of Colorado, which also happens to be the home of “The World’s Finest Game”, Poker! There are many things that I liked about this book. I liked that it wasn’t just a “Wow!” moment.
Silverman provides a good historical backdrop to the story and does a great job of describing how the true poker stories were passed down from one generation to the next. He’s not a poker purist, but he has his eye on poker history. I also liked that Silverman included some material on how to play a better game of poker. This is a book that includes real advice on how to improve your game, no matter what level you’re at. I especially like that the tips are taught by a living professional.
I am a firm believer that a person who tells you he or she has inside knowledge of a game doesn’t really have inside knowledge. I still have a lot of respect for Silverman. I just wish that I had some of the inside information he possessed. When it comes to poker, that would probably have helped me out, too. So, I’ll take the advice in this book.
In fact, I will read the book cover to cover before deciding whether or not I want to give poker a try. This isn’t an ego thing. It’s just that I can’t help but think a little bit about how much expertise that poker coach or millionaire poker pro must possess if they were successful at what they do.
But then again, maybe that’s my ego talking. Just as I have some desire to become a top class golfer, I might feel the same way about poker. But, that’s a different article.
The one thing I liked about the book was that it was not just about poker. There were plenty of good anecdotes about different aspects of poker. You might not want to be a poker player, but the tips in the book will help you become a better player. And I have already found a poker buddy with whom I’d like to share a few secrets with.
Silverman also didn’t shy away from being an underdog in his book, and he didn’t pull any punches when talking about how he came to be such a good poker player. He is obviously genuine, and that’s why his book is so good.
I was surprised by the lack of golf and tennis in the book. Silverman is a living legend in the world of poker, and he knows it. It seems strange that someone who has been playing poker since he was a teenager couldn’t name two of the sports. However, after reading the book, I now realize that it would be pretty difficult to name two top players in those sports, anyway.
However, what I did like was that he included a few of the games that I wouldn’t normally have heard of and even listed some of the best players in those games. I do not know many sports where their top players are referred to by nicknames. I will probably get to know them before I die.
The book comes highly recommended for anybody who’s interested in learning a little more about the game of poker. It also comes highly recommended for anybody who wants to know more about some of the nitty-gritty details of the game.
As Silverman has observed, poker players are not merely there to make money. They are there to live a full life and make friendships. Their lives are connected in a very special way, and a few tips here and there will go a long way towards improving all aspects of a person’s life.
All in all, I recommend that people who are interested in poker look into Silverman’s book. It’s a great little package.