Poker Faces: The Life and Work of Professional Card Players. Front Cover · David M. Hayano. University of California Press, – Social Science – pages. Title, Poker Faces: The Life and Work of Professional Card Players. Author, David M. Hayano. Edition, illustrated. Publisher, University of California Press, David Hayano’s book Poker Faces: The Life and Work of Professional Card Players is different from just about any other poker book.

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Hayano pursues the point further, noting that one of the things that poker pros find themselves thinking about a lot is whether or not their lives have any special meaning at all. For example, a dentist might be a slightly losing poker player, but still profits because he gets clients from people he meets at the table.

Even though Hayano’s commentary is rooted in the era, many of his observations still apply in many ways to today’s “grinders. Using many of the same methods of data gathering he employed when studying the isolated Papuan tribes, Hayano hayabo examined the “world” of poker players of that time and place, drawing numerous conclusions about their makeup and about the “social mechanics of face-to-face confrontation” that characterized their existence.

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The first two groups have other jobs which sustain them, with poker essentially being a more or less serious hobby for them and profiting at the game not at all crucial. Farbror the Guru added it Jul 22, BB code is On.


John rated it really liked it Feb 13, Also, for many full-time players, “there is no finality of gain and no peak existence, except perhaps winning a major tournament. Send a private message to dragon Jesse Richman rated it it was amazing Sep 08, John Buchanan rated it liked it May 18, Send a private message to npc. Hayano No preview available – Find Threads Started by npc.

The book then goes on to offer some genuinely insightful observations about the various challenges these “professional” players routinely experience, including handling or “controlling” luck, dealing with winning and losing, satisfying the need for action and more. Fatsally marked it as to-read Feb 14, Send a private message to avatar He’s especially interested in the regulars, and with a lot of disclaimers ends up offering a thorough typology of different kinds of “professionals.

I got the book through interlibrary loan from my library. Other editions – View all Poker Faces: I want this for my shelf at home.

Mishie marked it as hayzno Dec 30, That helped draw poker continue to remain a favored card game in the state. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Even so, most of us who’ve played poker at all seriously well know how immersive it can be, making it easy if we wish to shut out everything else. I know he played in games with Caro, Sklansky, etc. Hayano’s goal was to mine their deepest motivations for playing the game. Preview — Poker Faces by David Davic.

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Alshimaa Mohamed marked it as to-read Nov 02, From the late s all the way through the s and after, the poker clubs of Gardena, California were firmly within many poker players’ sights. Otherwise, I’m not so sure. It’s a mostly closed-off society he finds himself in when playing in those games, “an abstruse, technical ‘small-life world'” that operates mostly independently of the larger one the rest of us occupy.

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Bad username or faaces Sign in. Soon Primm opened a new card club in Gardena. Wikimedia Italia added it Dec 31, I suggest you do the same.

Find More Posts by Akileos. Find Threads Started by dragon Ehab Fathy marked it as to-read Nov 02, Says Hayano, “In contrast to the Old West and riverboat gamblers, most professional gamblers today operate in a completely distinct social and legal environment. Eric Lembke marked it as to-read Dec 09, I also read that it is not an easy read. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Recognizing “the relentless instability and uncertainty of day-to-day gambling” experienced by the players he studies, Hayano explains that as a result many of them are constantly forced to reevaluate what they are doing and its significance and meaning.

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