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Many readers of this original book, which mixes Zen and poker, will find it difficult to grasp Zen theories in which one becomes an arrow, is the ball, and becomes one with poker and the universe. In gambling, it's easier to be a cynic, but an open mind will be necessary in accepting the knowledge of the bodhi tree. The poker enthusiast has only one objective in winning money. Phillips, a journalist and poker pro, perhaps with his tongue in his cheek implies that an individual will be rewarded with an almost psychic internal peace by the practices and theories of Zen. The true poker player or gambler, however, is by nature intuitive, compulsive, aggressive, calculating, relentless, and one-dimensional. Still, the author's approach makes this an entertaining and well-written work worth perusing. He gives 100 useful rules for improving one's play plus proverbs and theories that are great to mull over. As to the challenge of finding peace in folding, there is no way of doing it and maintaining sanity. Highly recommended for public libraries.AMarty Soven, Woodside, NY
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this auther contradicts himself and mind is to western to try to come up with a zen style for poker. Read morePublished 5 months ago by sharkattack
I like it. I reread it occassionaly. Well written. Good application to you game and life in general.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
1 for the great idea - looking at poker via zen.
Besides that - poor book.
As poker pro for 5 years I can't believe they many people are excited about "hit and... Read more