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"Lubet deals a winning hand with this entertaining and creative approach to gamesmanship. Anyone who negotiates, strategizes or bluffs--and who doesn't--will benefit from this great read. You won't be able to keep a poker-face when you read this funny and informative book."--Alan M. Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
"A most clever mingling of the likes of legendary poker player Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson, with the master legal tactician Clarence Darrow. Juxtaposing the color and strategies of poker playing greats with the mastery of great lawyers in "trials of the century" creates a fascinating read for a gambler, lawyer, or just the average Joe."--Oscar B. Goodman, Mayor, City of Las Vegas
"Steven Lubet creatively weaves together two ostensibly unconnected worlds. Highlighted by anecdotes from some of the greatest arguments in American trial history, coupled with memorable hands in the World Series of Poker, Lawyers' Poker provides illuminating insights into strategic decisions in courtrooms and card tables across America."--Kenneth W. Starr, Dean and Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law
"What a great read--the trial lawyer's lessons are precisely the same as the skilled poker player's--the reader learns about history in both domains and smiles while being educated and entertained. This is a book for practitioners in the courtroom or the cardroom or those that want to be--or envy--either one. It is a true collector's piece!"--Rikki Klieman, Court TV Anchor, trial attorney and best selling author
"Lawyers' Poker is clear, entertaining and educational. It is a treasure trove of valuable lessons in competent trial advocacy, the art of negotiation and ethics--all told in a page-turning, storytelling fashion. As a bonus, the reader will also be introduced to the art of poker playing! Indeed, the parallels drawn are accurate. Both the neophyte and seasoned lawyer will love this book."--Thomas A. Demetrio, Corboy & Demetrio, Member of the Inner Circle of Advocates
"Lawyers' Poker is a fascinating read, as with great wit, skill and clarity Lubet moves from the poker room to the courtroom with impressive knowledge of the operation of both venues. As a veteran cross-examiner, I found Lubet's thesis "straight" and his book "flush" with clever insight. Indeed, I "bet" I could argue the case he makes to a "full house"."--Benjamin Brafman, criminal defense lawyer
"Professor Lubet's insights about poker (and life) will make you a far better trial lawyer. I loved the book."--Lawrence J. Fox, former Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility
"Every lawyer should play his cards right by reading Lubet's book. It's a safe bet the reader will come away with some great lessons in a courtroom and maybe even a tip or two at the card table."--Robert A. Clifford, former Chair, ABA Section of Litigation
"Any attorney who has ever tried a case or who aspires to be a litigator will want to read this book and learn more about how success at the poker table and winning in the courtroom are related. Reading Lawyers' Poker is a complete treat."--Trial Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
Where Steven's book is valuable, and this is what I concentrated on in my longer review on bizop.ca, is that every negotiator has to figure out how strong the other party believes his own case is, how strong I believe that the other party's case is, and various permutations of the "recursive reasoning".
No less an authority than the Nobel Prize Winner Professor Thomas Schelling has also endorsed Lubet's characterization of a lawyer has someone who has to solve the "recursive" reasoning problem.
Poker gives very clear examples of how to solve this strategic thinking.
Steven Lubet doesn't claim that all lawyers need to know can be learned from poker players, but he does provide clear and compelling examples of how poker players think strategically and his legal examples are enlightening.
Generally, I would characterize Steven Lubet's book as a contribution to that part of cognitive science which focuses on the interaction between heuristics and rational thought in decision theory. And as such it is both unique and valuable.
Similarly, the early raise (presenting substantial discovery early in the case) even if a bluff (because counsel does not have the resources to consider proceeding to trial), can pay dividends.
Whether the reader is a card player or not, Professor Lubet achieves the difficult task of presenting poker big game moves in an understandable but exciting way. This book is a valuable, entertaining read for every litigator. The uninitiated poker player will have a new found respect for the game.
The advocacy system of law in the USA can appear too much of a game of chance to outsiders. However, Steven Lubet uses poker as a metaphor and guide to the methods behind the apparent madness of lawyerly questions and argument. The writing style is elegant without drowning in complicated language or "legalese." The author's dry wit is an added joy.
The primary audience for the book is lawyers, but law students and paralegal assistants could find the book informative and useful. Although the book is written in a lively and engaging style that many non-lawyers would find readable, it is written in a manner that assumes the reader is knowledgeable about the legal profession and the practice of law. I recommend this book for anyone interested in a different perspective on the practice of law. Persons involved in mediation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution also might find this book worth reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You have to really know poker to appreciate this; for those that do, looks like a great book.Published on July 14, 2014 by RAC
The greatest value of Lawyers Poker is being able to see your opponent with a different set of lenses. Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by Coloradolaw
book is fine and great if you play Texas hold-um! If not it's not the book for you.
Well researched and good stuff in the book. Not the right choice for a non card player.
I practiced law for 30 years, most of which I was a litigator. From that perspective, Professor Lubet's book is a wonderful metaphor for learning trial practice at its most... Read morePublished on September 13, 2008 by Arthur R. Silen
The author (Lubet) uses anecdotes from famous trials to compare actions of poker players with trial lawyers and the witnesses they examine. Read morePublished on December 9, 2007 by Herb Hunter
There's far less that could be learned from this book than one could by watching a few law-related TV shows. Read morePublished on September 13, 2007 by LucyPassive G. Mail
Book was ordered as a gift. Arrived promptly and hopefully it will prove useful to recipient.Published on January 7, 2007 by J. Carter