Search for your sports books:

Featured Publisher: John Blake
Apart form its current publications, John Blake Publishing has a sizeable back list of acclaimed sporting titles. These include biographies of stars such as Roger Federer, WG Grace, Fernando Torres and Frankie Dettori. For more information, visit www.blake.co.uk



Read Review
<back to archive

Poker & Philosophy Pocket Rockets and Philosopher Kings: Edited by Eric Bronson

Release date: 28th April, 2012
Publisher: Open Court

List Price: £10.99
Our Price: £10.99
You Save: £0 (0%)
Buy Now

This book's publishers (Open Court) have thus far produced a series of titles in which one aspect of popular culture is compared with philosophy; given poker's global appeal, it was only a matter of time before it too got the philosophy treatment.

It comprises 19 thought-provoking essays written by academics, the majority of whom have written a number of philosophy-related titles. As a consequence, the reader gets to absorb some unusual, occasionally off-beat, thoughts on various aspects of poker; these include the ethical aspects of bluffing and how humans gamble - and not just at the poker table. It should be said that while academic in tone, this is not a book likely to appeal to a limited audience; if you're interested in poker, it is worth reading. Yet not every essay is dripping with an essential insight into poker. Given that each author deals with the game's role in popular culture, you should not expect to discover how you should play when in certain table positions. It follows that while these essays will undoubtedly appeal to those prepared to think about the game and its popularity, it could not be called a poker textbook.

Perhaps the closest the book comes to specific poker thinking is Willie Young's essay which compares the teachings of Aristotle with what might be called traditional poker thinking. Young's conclusion is that poker players should concentrate upon making correct decisions rather than favourable outcomes that are sometimes be dependent on other factors.

This could not be referred to as a 'must-have' book for your poker library, but for deep thinkers, it is absolutely ideal.


<back to archive


Toolstation


SBOTM Current Top 10

The Hardmen: Legends of the Cycling Gods By Frank Strack
Pursuit Books
Read Review Buy Now
The Greatest Comeback: From Genocide to Football Glory By David Bolchover
Biteback
Read Review Buy Now
Tom Simpson: Bird On A Wire By Andy McGrath
Bloomsbury Sport
Read Review Buy Now
But Seriously An Autobiography By John McEnroe
W & N
Read Review Buy Now
The Descent By Thomas Dekker
Ebury Press
Read Review Buy Now
We Are Sunday League By Ewan Flynn
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
The Fall of the House of FIFA By David Conn
Yellow Jersey Press
Read Review Buy Now
Gentleman and Player The Story of Colin Cowdrey, Cricket’s Most Elegant and Charming Batsman By Andrew Murtagh
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
The Premier League: 25 Years By Lloyd Pettiford
Urbane Publications
Read Review Buy Now
Johnny Haynes Portrait of a Football Genius By James Gardner
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now

Amazon’s top 6 best-sellers

© Sharks Media Ltd 2004 – 2012. Site designed and maintained by Marcus Hamblett for Furydesign.