I always wanted to be a writer when I grow up. And a musician. And a poker player. And that’s how it turned out. I made my living in the 80s playing drums and piano. Then for 15 years I was a professional poker player, dabbling in writing. And now I write full time. Though I must say, I still don’t feel like I’ve grown up yet.
Painless Poker is my third book with the word Poker in the title, and likely my last. Next I want to try to write novels.
The reason I feel qualified to write about the dark side of poker, and ways to brighten it up, is because I have coached 100 poker players, mostly professional players, on all the most delicate aspects of the game, such as self-destruction, table presence, and convincing your mom that you’re not insane for dedicating your life to a card game.
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“One time I got so tilted playing online, I threw my mouse at the wall as hard as I could.” Charlie thrust both arms out. “Ka-PUSHHH!” “That’s the sound of money being saved,” I said. “I’m a big believer in mouse smashing as a stop loss strategy.” Charlie showed surprise, and then laughed. “I guessRead more
I was playing in a game in a public casino where everybody knew everybody, except for this one guy who didn’t know anybody. I had not spoken for a very long time, and this occasionally causes people to talk about me like I’m not there. This was one of those times. The stranger was talking about me,Read more