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All in Hardcover – July 1, 2011
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"A marvelous read." —Boston Globe
"A wonderful combination of humor and gut-wrenching experiences." —Chicago Sun-Times
"All In is among poker's elite memoirs, capturing the inspiring account of the poker's unlikeliest hero, a small-statured immigrant who went on to become a champion both in poker and in life." —PokerNews.com
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There are 24 chapters in the book and Mark Tabb weaves the story of Jerry and his family's escape and his rise as poker champion of the world. If you love good stories that end well - you will love this book. It gripped me from the beginning. The story has it all - it will grab your emotions and inspire you (it had me crying and laughing throughout). You will see how God's providence is weaved throughout the story as well. Whether you like poker or not - you will love this book because it will restore your love for the things that have made the USA such a great country - immigrants fleeing for their lives to have opportunities, working hard, and achieving their dreams.
Jerry Yang is a tremendous role model and I think what he has done with his earnings and life since he won the 2007 championship is amazing and inspiring - not in the world of poker - but in helping other refugees like he was at one time. I highly recommend this book for your reading pleasure and to inspire you to once again believe in the American Dream from someone who has shown that you can be and do anything if you put your mind to it and work hard.
The interesting feature of this book was that faith the gambler puts on the God. He attributes every success of his to God. Is it simply that luck which has always been in his favour? Had his shaman grand pa waited a bit more before a conversation, which may not really have been needed for his healing? His assertions are more like deadlocked arguments to debate any further.
However,as the popular adage goes, "winners need not explain, while the losers shouldn't"; he has been a winner and attributes to his success are solely his rights!!!
Pig bladder football!!!! Through sounds disgusting, it really is a good example of forgotten maverick ways. Also surprising that for forest dwellers, apples and grapes were foreign!!
On a personal note, I recall a similar situation, wherein one of my acquaintances was complaining about the"height" of a western commode.
Also, it is very much true that gambling isn't all that much of a chance game as it appears. The skill sets for a professional gambler are well seen here. The importance of patience can actually be felt by the reader.
Another good aspect here is that the narrator has well contained his nostalgia by finishing up his love story in a flick! Though his personal journey was one half of the book, trying to contain a love story would have made the book a bit mundane!
Inspiring rendition of the American dream being attained by another immigrant from a war-torn country, detailing the life and death struggle of a family to escape a murderous and tyrannical communist regime.
Kudos to Mr. Yang, for an exciting success story and for the fulfillment of the dream held by just about every poker player alive.
Unfortunately, for other players that do not have access to casinos and would love to get a chance to play the game, those very freedoms have been squashed by a nanny Govt. that will not allow US citizens to play online, causing many poker players to escape to countries that do allow this basic freedom