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How to Be a Poker Player: The Philosophy of Poker Paperback – December 18, 2013
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"Wow. Haseeb has written an amazing and ground-breaking book. There's truly nothing else like it. An absolute requirement for anyone serious about poker."
--David Williams, Team PokerStars pro, 2010 WPT World Champion
"Philosophy of Poker allows you to delve into the mind of one of poker's greatest thinkers." --Sorel Mizzi a.k.a. "Imper1um" & "Zangbezan24", high-stakes poker pro and 2010 BLUFF Player of the Year
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"This book is a must-read for everyone who is interested in poker and wants to remain on top of their game."
--Johannes Strasseman, high-stakes poker pro and founder of cardcoaches.com
"Great poker players are seldom great writers. Amongst the literature, Haseeb's book is uniquely attentive to the linguistic aspects of poker, to the subtexts of the game, and also to its beauty. No book I have previously encountered takes the same approach, and it is this which makes the writing of interest to poker players of any caliber."
--Peter Leggatt, critic and essayist for the Financial Times
About the Author
Haseeb Qureshi started playing poker professionally when he was 16 years old. He soon became a world-class high-stakes professional online poker player, sponsored by Full Tilt Poker, known around the world as "DogIsHead." At age 21, he became entangled in the Girah Scandal, in which his protégé, Jose "Girah" Macedo, was caught cheating. Soon afterward, Haseeb retired from poker. After extensive traveling, contemplating and writing about his past, Haseeb returned home to be with family and complete his education. He spent the next two years volunteering, meditating, and writing about poker and philosophy as he completed his B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin. In December 2013, Haseeb decided to give away his poker earnings and start over from scratch. He donated $75,000 to charity and gave the remainder of his assets to his family. At the same time, he published his first book, How to Be a Poker Player: The Philosophy of Poker. Haseeb resides in Austin, Texas, where he writes and continues to work with poker players as a mind coach. His coaching focuses on how to control emotions, manage one's mindset, and eliminate tilt to increase one's earnings. You can contact Haseeb and follow him at his website and blog, haseebq.com.
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Good tome to make you think while you read, and refresh ideas you have probably heard previously in your life journey. Since Haseeb was a world class player (now retired...another story) at one time, I would like to have seen at least a chapter on poker theory. The book is The Philosophy of Poker, so it certainly succeeds in that realm, just left me feeling there was lots more to be included. You can skip the last chapter of 30 pages, as really useless and inane information.
Certainly worth the read, not sure I would have to have it in my poker library.
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This book talks more about being a 'player' than how to play.Read more