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For Richer, for Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker Reading For Richer, For Poorer A Love Affair With Poker Author Victoria Coren Horsebackridingnorthcarolina.us In September 2006, Victoria Coren Won The European Poker Championship, And With It A Cool One Million Dollars Overnight, She Became One Of The World S Most Famous Players But How Did She Do It In For Richer, For Poorer, Victoria Coren S Long Awaited Poker Memoir, She Answers This Question It Is An Intensely Honest Story Of Twenty Years Of Obsession, Of Highs And Lows, Wins And Losses, Friendships, Power Plays, Loneliness And Addiction Coren Takes Us From The Grimy Underworld Of Illegal Cash Games To The High Glamour Of Monte Carlo And Las Vegas, Vividly Capturing The Incredible Excitement Of A Poker Match And Getting To The Heart Of Why Poker Has Become The World S Most Popular Card Game It Is A Razor Sharp, Accessible, Entertaining, And Intensely Gripping Story From The Hardcover Edition.


10 thoughts on “For Richer, for Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker

  1. says:

    In real life, in addition to The Laws and The Romance and The Fanfic and Veep my current show of choice , I am All About Poker I have recently moved to a country with no casinos and certainly no card rooms Back in Blighty, I played live poker several times a week at the same casino The same dealers and valets and players The same faces and the same personalities All the same jokes The same stories The rhythmic shuffle of the deck, the symphony of riffling chips I miss it I miss everything about it Victoria Coren says of nostalgia nostalgia is a primal emotion, like fear and anger and maybe love It just seems otherwise, because it has a long name and is tricky to define out loud So you might mistake it for one of those fiddly, sophisticated feelings like scahdenfreude or low self esteem But nostalgia is simply, basic, instinctive and it was always there You can see it on the face of a zoo monkey that once lived in the wild Or even one that never did It still knows that it has lost something Ubi sunt qui ante nos fuerunt That s what I learned at university, in exchange for a stand up comedy career Where are those who went before us The wistful motif echoes through the Anglo Saxon fragments that kicked off our English course...


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    Let s face it, there are a lot of rubbish poker books out there I ve wasted hard won cash on some real stinkers, and have come to view certain types of titles with a degree of caution Poker players prone to hyperbole Perish the thought.The promise of secrets or a system is a red flag although super system is okay provided it s written by Doyle Brunson So too is the suggestion that you can earn a living or somehow beat the odds each being, as far as I m concerned, the functional equivalent of an invitation to bang your head repeatedly against a brick wall.But a love affair with poker Written by a British woman Fifty shades, wot Come to think of it, though, I was vaguely aware of Victoria Coren, daughter of the late and brilliant Alan Coren It seems that she s actually won a lot of money playing poker She turns up on television now and then She s quite pleasant, really with accent, manners and a sense of humor that seem an agreeable distillation of those of all the lovely middle class mums at my children s primary school And what could be agreeable than that She s written an excellent poker book too, on several counts For one thing, there s the writing itself The art VC s got the nuts here Her wit, originality and ...


  3. says:

    I ve always liked Victoria Coren, I find her classy, witty and funny, and her book is no exception I like playing cards, too well, not actually playing with the cards, but the cards themselves I may have taken on my drunken dad and uncles in a few games as a kid and cleaned house, but I have since completely forgotten how to play any game requiring skill than blackjack or computer based games that tell you what the good tricks are or what cards you can play So, at the very least, I can relate to her as a young player of cards, wanting to join in her brother s games and hats off to her brother for actually being willing to teach her But, the great thing about this book is that while it is a poker book, as well as a memoir, it is not one or the other, but truly both You can pick up some things about the game intuitively and isn t that really the fun thing about playing cards because Coren does not, like many other people who write autobiographies, feel the need to patronize her readers and stop the narrative to explain what a big blind or being on the button is though if you want to know, there s a simple glossary of terms at the back , nor does she allow the possibility of someone not knowing what these things are to keep them from enjoying her book I liked hearing about her friends and competitors, about her travels, and about her thoughtsand was surprised to find that when the ch...


  4. says:

    Memoirs, especially by repeat offender celebs such as Jamie Oliver, Russell Brand and so on are not really of great interest to me Victoria Coren, also known by her married name of Victoria Coren Mitchell is a journalist, comedienne, married to a comedian David Mitchell and a regular on panel shows ranging from topical satire such as Have I Got News For You, various Radio 4 programmes I even think I have seen her on Question Time I think Victoria is the sort of bratty younger sister I would have loved to have in my life I was the youngest of four children I guess I was the brat.Anyway, this book is about Victoria s love for poker, and her journey to the big time on the circuit piqued my interest This, coupled with the fact I like her humour anyway made this an easy, fun, yet informative read for me Also it in inspirational I started playing poker again In the mid 1990s, I played my first game of poker at the Midland Wheel casino in Birmingham My then girlfriend told me to watch out for the men on the table They don t like to lose What did I care about that I was there to win I had a rudimentary understanding of the game, but I can also judge people s body behaviour Not all the time, but when it comes to poker, yes, absolutely.I didn t lose that night, and its fair to say that there were a lot of frowns around the table In this book, howeve...


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    I have read a lot of poker books and until now I have been most unsatisfied with the personal memoir style of poker book Poker players are a slippery bunch and getting one to truly open up in a book seems to be asking the impossible As a result there are dozens of biographies of poker personalities that are utterly forgettable Victoria Coren s recent book, For Richer, For Poorer blows the doors off any other poker biography on the market Coren is intelligent, eloquent and humorous, and most importantly she holds nothing back, examining herself and her relationship to the game with amazing openness.Coren has the advantage over her poker writing peers in that she is a highly capable writer Most poker players can t write, and have to filter their experience through a ghost writer who just doesn t get it and by it I mean the soul of the game of poker why it is so wonderful and brutal and redemptive and devouring Coren, than any other writer I have yet to encounter, expresses the soul of the game She succeeds to a large degree because her approach i...


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    I don t really know how poker works, but not knowing my rivers from my big blinds didn t stop me from enjoying this book I guess that s because it s one of those trick books, which pretends it s about one thing poker but is actually about another geeky, sort of daddy s girl wants to find somewhere where she belongs and does so in an unlikely place As a geeky, sort of daddy s girl myself, I completely understand.The internal monologues covering Coren s hands in her triumphant 2006 EPT title win have a hypnotic quality for someone like me who began the book knowing none of these words and their meanings, and picked it up as I went along Turned out there was a glossary at the back It might have been less of an adventure wading through those words if I had known that Oh well.It s Coren s line in character sketches I liked most Her way of describing people and places was where the book had its main strength as the people around her in the world of poker saw their fortunes ebb and flow Her own reflections on her problems depression, family illness and death were particularly striking by Coren s frankness and the way she refuses to over dramatise them They appear chronologically, like all other events, there is no heavy handed foreshadowing or unsubtle cliffhangers.As a small social history of the poker scene it was a nice primer...


  7. says:

    Partly a biography, partly a treatise on modern poker, and partly the story of how Victoria Coren became the first female million dollar winner of the European Poker Tour she s since gone on to win it a second time , this is one of the most readable books about a complex subject I ve ever read.Part of that is the chatty, witty writing style and, whilst it doesn t hold your hand in explaining the exotic sounding poker terms and expressions, the book is still completely clear This is because it is less about the game, and about the bizzare and fascinating community that plays it.Using Alice s Adventures in Wonderland as the metaphorical map through the rabbit hole is a great device that mirrors the highs and lows of a life spent chasing cards in a game that was going through massive changes due to the internet.Before reading this book I mainly new Victoria Coren from her great columns in The Observer and The Guardian newspapers, as well...


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    I like Victoria Coren when I see her on the telly I follow her on twitter because she s witty and clever but still seems down to earth So, even though I know nothing about poker, I thought I d give her poker autobiography a go It s a mixture of how I fell in love with poker and the things that were going on in my life and how I became the first woman to win the European Poker Tour , with the autobiographical stuff making up the bulk of each chapter and then an analysis of that tournament winning series of games at the end I had to read a glossary of poker terms to have the vaguest clue about what was going on in the game I think I got my head around it 3 4s of the way in Coren writes well, of course She is honest about poker, affectionate about the poker family she has made, and very entertaining with her turns of phrase The only card games I ve ever played are Whist, Rummy and Pon...


  9. says:

    A very, very good memoir Superbly structured, with Coren s final table big win scattered through the book as she tells the story of a privately educated outsider deep within the world of poker The poker talk is excellent, the sickness of gambling, the attraction, the emptiness are all beautifully and amusingly told When I read the book I had a nagging doubt that an English rose like Coren would never fall into this lifestyle I also thought no English rose would discuss her broken hearts with such honesty and definitely they would not discuss their use of anti depressants But when her father died a bell su...


  10. says:

    It was okay I didn t really have any great expectation and I guess after finishing it I can see why I didn t not enjoy it, but it didn t hit the spot either I enjoyed the poker hand analyses, and thought tha...