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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; annotated edition edition (October 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076113980X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761139805
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

In a book of practical wisdom distilled from a lifetime as one of the world's top female poker players, Cat Hulbert shows women how to hone analytical skills, improve intuition, and create a stategy for success every time they play poker, whether in a casino, home game, or online. Project a winning image (no headphones, no short stacks). Strive to make all your motions the same, whether folding, calling, or raising. Don't waste your time trying to trick the dummies. And know that every time you sit down at a table full of men, most of them are going to type-cast you as too passive to be competitive. Congratulations! You've got them right where you want them.

About the Author

Cat Hulbert, a professional gambler for 30 years, was one of the first women to break into the ranks of professional card players. Card Player magazine named her one of the top seven-card stud players in the world, and the Game Show Network called her “the best female gambler on earth.” She divides her time among playing high-stakes games, teaching poker to women at the Hollywood Park Casino, and writing. She lives in Torrance, California.

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The book is well written with great stories and fun to read.
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Ms. Hulbert deftly manages to mix priceless lessons with a lot of humor for a truly entertaining read.
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I highly recommend this book for any woman that wants to improve her poker playing skills.
Katherine Hamilton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Walter Simmons on November 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Cat is a world-renowned player who covers important aspects of the game not discussed in typical poker books. Learning to value your hands and play properly is just a starting point. The real game is a battle of wits, psychology and demeanor, if you wish to maximize your win rate. This book is very cleverly written with a series of entertaining stories and tips that will improve your game. She discusses tells, where to sit in relation to good and bad players, when to bluff (and when not to!), what kind of image you should project at the table, and a host of other things not covered in other books. This is not just a book for women, although much of it is geared towards preparing them to be winners. Very enjoyable and informative, with many insights into the life of a professional player.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jon Ungar on October 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Cat Hulbert reveals the inside world of poker rooms and shares her years of experience at the table in an entertaining style. Extremely valuable tips for both men and women--essential reading for anyone who wants to play a better game of poker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
Too bad there aren't more stars to give then "just" 5, because this book deserves every single one of them. I was captured from the first page, couldn't stop reading it, so now I'm about to re-read it. It's hard to count things that are great about this book, because there are so many of them but I might as well give it a try. First of all, Cat seems like an incredible woman with amazing life story and the best thing is that she presents it in a really wise and funny way. Each chapter made me wish she was a good friend of mine. In this book you'll find pretty much everything concerning poker and being a girl playing "boys game" - making yourself feel beautiful about yourself, having confidence when entering a cardroom, protecting your winnings (paying attention if anyone is following you) and a lot more. Anyway, I am thrilled with this book and can honestly recommend it, even guaranteeing you will love it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Hamilton on December 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book a couple of weeks ago and all I can say is "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Cat Hulbert". I have learned some very valuable tips from you, some I would have had to learn the hard way and some I've already learned the hard way, too. Thank you for sharing your experiences and giving away some of your tips! I've been playing poker for about 18 months and your book came to me at the right time. This book is a refreshing change from the standard poker strategy books on the market. I've applied some of the suggestions and they've already helped me in poker and in life.

I first saw Cat Hulbert on a Travel Channel special about Las Vegas, poker, and gambling. The show featured her Poker 4 Girls classes and Cat offered some valuable tips about how women approach gambling. I've been a fan ever since and I gleaned some self-awareness about my own poker playing behavior from that episode that helped me change my game play. I highly recommend this book for any woman that wants to improve her poker playing skills.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Garber on December 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is great. I enjoyed reading every page of it as the tips were great and the writing style even better. As a rather experienced poker player, I found the tips right on the money and explained concepts that even many "experts" are not aware of. As a university instructor, I wished my texts were written in this manner--my students would learn a lot more and have a lot more fun reading!

I'm buying over a dozen of these as Christmas presents, so I guess I'm putting my money where my mouth is.

Buy it and enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wise Word Processor on November 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Even if you never, ever plan to play poker, you'll be entertained (and informed) by Ms. Hulbert's approach to Playing with the Boys. Her writing weaves wit and irreverence into a foundation of solid, genuine skill. She shares her gambling history in a way that transports any armchair reader into a never-to-be-personally-experienced world. As for me, I'd read her even if the subject were clipping coupons -- she's that clever.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trixie G. on December 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a poker player for over 30 years, I know many of the tips Cat gives us in her book, but I had to learn them the hard way. She spells them out in an entertaining, easy to read manner. The only good thing is most people probably won't incorporate these valuable nuggets into their play; most will forget all the good advice when they get into the heat of battle, at least I hope so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By melodymaker on November 29, 2011
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This is a female oriented beginner's bricks and mortar poker book. I found the writing well above average, specially for a poker book, and the author shows an incredible sense of humor. Even if you're not into poker, you'll have a great time reading it (I did). By the way, the author was one of the original members of the legendary MIT blackjack team seen on the movie "21". Enjoy!
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