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PokerWoman: How to Win in Love, Life, and Business using the Principles of Poker Hardcover – December 8, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1934854228 ISBN-10: 1934854220

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (December 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934854220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934854228
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,056,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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People are loving PokerWoman and its unique approach to success, confidence and happiness through POKER. Here s what some intelligent, interesting people had to say...
Forget golf! For women, the new way to the board room is Texas Hold 'Em. The skills you learn at the poker table--strategy, bluffing, risk evaluation and maintaining that good old poker face--make you a better executive. And did I mention that you're having fun. --Jane Bryant Quinn, Author of Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People

In PokerWoman, you ll find many examples, methods and scenarios in which poker strategies can enable you to achieve your goals in your career or in your personal life.. Find your strengths and capitalize on them. Recognize your weaknesses and learn from them. This book will furnish you with the tools to do both. Always remember that preparation meets opportunity. Set the bar high and reach for that 'gold' bracelet. --Kathy Liebert, Top Woman Tournament Poker Player

This is an entertaining and enlightening book. And dangerous. Take the title seriously! PokerWoman was written to give women an advantage in virtually every area of life, from poker to business to personal relationships which is the reason why every male and female poker player, and non-poker player should read it. Ellen Leikind analyzes the game of poker in life in a straight-forward manner, with many examples to make the lessons easy to apply. -- --Nelson Rose, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Gaming Law Review and Economics

About the Author

After 15 years as a successful marketing executive working for Fortune 500 companies, Ellen Leikind founded POKERprimaDIVAS, a company that empowers women to become fearless and decisive through poker. Find out how the skills of poker can help you succeed in situations that require keen insight and strategic thinking. Leikind teaches women how to get what they want by piling up the chips, making the most of the cards they are dealt, how to win and if you lose, how to get back in the game.

More About the Author

After 15 years as a successful marketing executive working for Fortune 500 companies, Leikind took a one year hiatus from her career and rediscovered poker, a game she had learned as a teenager. It was at that time she first made the connections explored in her book. "The more she played poker, the more she saw the similarities between the card game and the larger 'game' of business and personal fulfillment. Ellen Leikind founded POKERprimaDIVAS, www.pokerdivas.com a company that empowers women to become fearless and decisive through the skills they acquire at the poker table. She teaches women how to get what they want by piling up the chips, making the most of the cards they are dealt, how to win and if you lose, how to get back in the game.Poker like much of corporate America is a boys club and she encourages women to get in the game and not wait for an invitation to do so. She is the President of EDL Marketing Group in New York and has an MBA in marketing from Fordham University. She is a devoted native New Yorker and dog lover.

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Pokerwoman is insightful, funny, interesting, and a must read for women of all walks of life!
Robin Bonnema
You really covered what the game is all about and how useful it is to apply the same poker principles to your other "real" life.
Sue T.
Men have enough difficulty reading women in real life, what makes them think they can read them any better at the poker table?!
Joe P.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sue T. on January 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for my Aunt who is a poker player . i was curious and opened the book with the idea of skimming it. After all, I thought, I don't gamble and I certainly don't play poker. As I read page after page I made a discovery. I was a "Poker Woman." Of course I never thought of myself as one before. Just for fun I took your quiz and came out with a solid "B" and my ephiphany was that the same skills that are important in love, life and business have their parallel in poker.

I do not know the first thing about the game but my whole perception of poker has changed after reading this book. I might even give playing poker a try!

P.S.: I gave "Poker Woman" with my Aunt who loves poker and these are her comments:

"Poker Woman" was a delight to read. I have read dozens of technical "how to" books but this one was different. You really covered what the game is all about and how useful it is to apply the same poker principles to your other "real" life. What intrigued me the most is that it brought to mind something I witnessed many years ago that has stayed with me all this time.

I played poker in Las Vegas in the days when Stu Ungar was invincible. He could do no wrong while he was at the poker table. The sad thing was that he never learned to apply the principals of poker to the rest of his life and died broke and alone at an early age. Instead of using the spectatular talents he honed through counteless poker sessions, he squandered them on house favored table games and sports betting where he had no edge whatsoever. The lesson I came away with is that the principals of poker are wasted if they aren't carried forth into the other areas of your life.
He never learned to exploit his advantages or his "edge."

All in all I found your book an excellent and entertaining read. And as for accuracy you were right on! Good luck at the tables.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By frances fairbanks on December 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Finally I get it! For years people have told me how I should always be totally open with my feelings, etc. just be myself. For years, I haven't had a decent job promotion or a successful personal relationship. And I never thought of risk vs reward; I only thought about risk. Safe not sorry. That's always me.
In this age of tell all, share all, everyone says "just be yourself, be open, be honest, put it all out on the table." Well ladies, if that hasn't worked, we should all give this a try. Including the advice about one's place at the table, which I now realize has a lot to do with successful negotiating.
I want to have a better job, I'd like to have a relationship that might end up in something permanent, and I'd like to have more fun getting it.
So, OK. Now about the book. Starting with a quiz which tells you a lot about yourself, Leikind explains how to incorporate poker strategies to real life situations. And she gives examples of the way women do it (kind of like the way they do it in Cosmo). The style is breezy but To the Point. Get the book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Bonnema on December 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pokerwoman is insightful, funny, interesting, and a must read for women of all walks of life! Whether you're a single or married woman in the business world, this book is full of interesting observations and strategic tips for manuevering in a male dominant environment. Leikind deals a royal flush! Great stuff!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee Monnie on January 18, 2010
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I loved this book. I learned how to play poker when I was seven years old from my housekeeper who was in her 50s at the time. We played for nickels and dimes. When I went to Las Vegas I was too intimidated to play poker because I would be the only woman at the poker table at the Stardust hotel in a room full of men.

I tried it a few times and was very uncomfortable. After reading
Poker Woman it would no longer bother me. The examples that the author uses to make women less fearful playing poker are not only useful at the poker tables but also in every day life. I recommend it highly. Thank you Ellen Leikind for helping build my confidence. Very sorry I did not have this book 20 years ago. I also made my husband read it as he works with a lot of women in business. He liked it too. Here is what he said:

I owe my wife one. She asked me to read PokerWoman saying it was quite good and even though I am not a Poker player and a man it was very different and that I would get a lot out of it. I did. and I learned a lot about easy new ways to respond to life using the strategies of the competitive game of poker. The advice offered by the author was simple to understand and right on.

I very much liked the "Away from the table" real life experience scenarios. "Playing your game" shown at the end of each chapter was very clever and instructive. It helped me focus on what was especially important. Also the chapter on "finding the right game" which is about playing with the right people in relationships and career was a real eye opener.

The exciting, descriptive, provocative headlines for each chapter were unique, and really sparked my interest and made me want to keep reading more.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe P. on January 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Men have enough difficulty reading women in real life, what makes them think they can read them any better at the poker table?!

This statement should help empower women in poker because it is true that men have difficulty reading women, and it should help empower men to realize this and play against women accordingly.

From my own personal experiences, I have difficulty reading women in real life as well as playing poker. Between you and I, men should fear women at the poker table. Women carry a huge advantage against us. An attractive woman at the table seduces a man to soft play her, or to extract an extra bet on the river. I see things like this all the time when I observe players. It's inherent in our genes; men were designed to be protectors and providers for women, not the cutthroat nature how we play to bust/break other men at the table. This is a huge psychological tactic that women possess that men need to overcome.

This book can help women in "Love, Life and Business" (and poker), and help men understand and recognize what advantages women have over us.
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