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Poker Aces Paperback – August, 2004
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"...a fine tribute to the game and some of its greatest players today." -- Gambler's Book Shop, September 4, 2004
"It's a fascinating book that I'm sure you will enjoy." -- Mike Sexton, co-host of the World Poker Tour's T.V. show, August 1, 2004
"One of the best poker books I have ever seen , a must for anyone seriously into poker" -- Late-Night Poker Champion Simon
About the Author
Ron Rose is a successful businessman turned professional tournament poker player. His entrepreneurial successes, particularly in the field of computer and internet technology, prompted him to fulfill a dream he had as a young man to be a professional poker player.
After a successful Air Force career, and a number of successful business ventures, Ron sold his booming internet business and began playing tournament poker, both in Europe and the United States. In the short time that he has competed he has had numerous wins, including poker's most prestigious title, a first place win at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Battle of Champions 2003, which was first televised on NBC on Feb 1st. Ron's quick development as a strong competitor has earned him the respect of some of the best poker players in the world.
Ron has been instrumental in promoting tournament poker as a legitimate sport and continues to use his business experience as a foundation for the development of the sport of poker.
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This is a fine addition to your library. Not just to your poker book library. Your library.
Overall, I gave the book 4 stars. It provides information on many of today's poker superstars that would take a long time to search for ourselves. We get a unique look at the lives of these players and see that they are pretty much like all of us in a lot of ways...and very different.
Ron Rose always seemed to be a nice guy and he made this book with members of his family helping him. You can really feel the love and respect he has for all of these players and the poker community. If you have always wanted to know more about some of the famous poker players, this is a great book for you.
"Know your game, know your percentages, know yourself, and, know other players" seems to be the advice of nearly every good writer on this subject. The task of knowing other players, however, is the most daunting for me, because it defies good procedure. How do you organize complex poker behavior? Watching others' style, moods, eccentricities and poker "moves" is an endless fascination. The better the player, the more important it is to know all you can about him. There is a lot more to know than the occasional "tell." The person's background, education, attitude and life perspectives seem to creep into every session he plays, sometimes manifesting a much stronger influence on his actions than good tactics and game knowledge.
Ron Rose has truly filled a void for poker enthusiasts worldwide. (Like me.) I really want to learn something in depth about the champions and how they got that way. How and when did they get hooked on this game, anyway? Was it something their parents loved, as for Jennifer Harmon and Annie Duke? Or did it begin as a relief from the responsibilities of college classes as for Phil Hellmuth, Chip Reese and me. It seems "the Hook" which starts a person into playing poker somehow affects his game thereafter. "That hook" is revealed in detail for most of the champions.
But even if your hook does not affect your play in poker any more than it does in your golf game, other life situations certainly can. For example, several champions in Ron's book were refugees from troubling situations in other countries where their individualistic survival skills have made them strong tournament contenders: Amir Vahedi deserting a sure death situation in the Iranian Army; Men Nguyen, Tony Ma and Lieutenant An Tran fleeing the Communist takeover in Vietnam.
Occupational backgrounds and health histories certainly influence play, but these factors affect poker players in different ways and seem to be only a part of overall profile. Ross Boatman is a professional British actor. "Miami" John Cernuti is a fired air traffic controller. T J Cloutier a former football pro. John Bonetti and Doyle Brunson are cancer survivors. Dan Harrington and Randy Holland are lawyers.
Most of the great champions have college degrees or very accomplished backgrounds, such as Ron Rose himself, former USAF Captain, Masters degree in mathematics and successful computer entrepreneur.
Ron has also identified the guiding philosophies of many living poker greats. This is one of the best parts of his book because every champion finds a different perspective to his winning path. Why does Humberto Brenes say, "Poker is like going to kindergarten." (p. 15) Is Mark Seif realistic when he says, "You have to become your opponent...to exploit the weakness of his hand." (p. 155) Why does Charlie Shoten claim, "Being a better poker player has to do with being a better person."? (p. 158) The author has loaded this book with great insights, not only from the philosophy of current champions but also from other famous personalities such as
"Poker is a microcosm of all we admire and disdain about capitalism and democracy.
"Poker's the only game fit for a grown man. Then your hand is against every man's, and every man's against yours."
And, General David Shoup
"The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; happens at the poker table all the time."
"Poker Aces" is one of the most satisfying poker read in years. Its layout and organization is excellent, and its pages are well written. The book is full of good photography showing 89 of today's international poker champions at play. I am looking forward to the Second and subsequent editions of this book in coming years.
Thanks Ron for the goregeous tribute to poker players.