POKER QUOTES BOOK
THE QUOTABLE POKER PLAYER
The Fun-Packed Book of Poker QuotesThis
volume of 1500 funny poker quotes covers all aspects of poker games -
online, tournament, home games, friendly and the World Series of Poker.
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"Many of the 'diamond-studded' quotes had me laughing aloud"
London-born author Colin M. Jarman has had 30+ books published in the United States and the United Kingdom, having written books covering such diverse subject areas as James Bond, Doctor Who, Judge Dredd, biographies, dance, science, sports, humour and quotations. The Quotable Poker Player, published in 2010, is one of his newest books in Jarman`s "quotations" series of books. The two years taken to compile the quotations for the book are evident in the painstakingly investigated material crammed between its 200 pages, which combine originality and humour in their content.
The Quotable Poker Player is a comic collection of 1500+ humorous poker quotations, covering all forms of the game, from 5-Card Stud to Texas Hold`Em. Furthermore, the volume reflects all aspects and views of the game of poker, celebrating the "fun" side of poker on both the US and UK sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The contents of the book are divided into 12 chapters, with notable divisions of the The Quotable Poker Player including chapters devoted to "Poker Books," "Poker As Warfare," "Poker Is.," "Poker Movies," "Poker on TV" and "Poker Song", since any poker quotation book must lack authority if ignoring Kenny Rogers` "The Gambler." These chapters, which include funny, poker-based sayings and quotations from professional players, poker celebrities, authors, humorists and journalists, along with a selection from film and TV characters are accompanied by an extensive A-Z poker glossary.
Despite being an avid poker player, I am not a massive reader on the subject. Primarily, I write for Internet websites and engage in some part-time Mathematics tuition, so the time available for recreational reading is limited. As a result, I was somewhat relieved to find the The Quotable Poker Player to be more of a reference book than a "page turner," laden with anticipation. Nonetheless, once I started flicking through Jarman's latest offering, I found it difficult to put down.
As a book of quotations, The Quotable Poker Player essentially has no narrative or writing structure to review. However, it includes quotations from the vast majority of poker players and personalities, organised in a coherent fashion. The book has a seemingly deliberate idiosyncratic ambience and the eclectic assortment of quotations impressed me greatly.
There are offerings from professional players from the European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker, along with a selection from celebrity players. This makes for a great mix and a very entertaining read. Many of the "diamond-studded" quotes had me laughing aloud, although generally these are too numerous to mention in an article of this nature. However, one worthy of note is Jesse May's, apparently Internet-promoting quote of 2005, namely, "Show me a professional player who refuses to play on the Internet these days and I'll show you a dinosaur."
Overall, The Quotable Poker Player is a superb, enjoyable reference book, which is ideal for the "pick up, put down reader" such as me, making for entertaining and amusing browsing.
With a recent publication date, the content of The Quotable Poker Player is remarkably current and will provide a great read for casual players or more serious exponents of the game, seeking to pick up poker bonuses.
Review by ANDREW KICAK on SmokePoker.com
"There are some really, really funny quotes in here"
You learn the game. You play the game. You play the game online. You watch it on television. You may even read instructional books or pro player biographies. But have you ever imagined being able to quote poker? Or rather dish out famous poker quotations and quips?
I admit I never really considered anyone would compile an encyclopaedia of poker quotations. That is, until I received Colin M. Jarman’s The Quotable Poker Player in the mail. Essentially, The Quotable Poker Player (TQPP) is a thorough compilation of over 1500 poker quotes or attributed remarks taken from pro players, celebrities, films, historical figures, etc.
Now I’m not a huge reader. Despite being an English and Theatre major in university, I have rarely found the time to pick up a book for a good read. And when I do, it’s usually related to my businesses or technical in nature. So I was understandably relieved to see that TQPP is more a reference book than a suspense-laden page-turner. But the funny thing is, once I started flipping through it… I couldn’t put it down! There are some good, funny, and smart quotations in the TQPP. And improbably, it IS a good read.
Author Colin Jarman has published over 30 books in the United States and in the UK through publisher Blue Eyed Books. He’s written just about every kind of book from biographies to humour to science. TQPP is one of his newest books in his quotable book series. Colin spent nearly two years compiling the quotations for this book. And it shows. With over 1500 references, there’s a lot of exhaustively researched material packed between the pages. Colin used a systematic process of evaluating the content for his book through the lens of “hilarity”, “cleverness”, and “originality” to select the quotations that made it into the book.
The book is a 156 page paperback with a 2010 publication date. The contents are divided into 12 chapters or general categories which are further subdivided within each chapter. Some notable chapters include Poker Faces (real & fictional), Poker Warfare, Poker Song (yes, this book couldn’t possibility have credibility without a mention of The Gambler by Kenny Rogers), and a concise chapter on Poker Movie quotations. There is no foreword or afterword
Okay, so it’s a quotations book. There’s not really much to review. There’s obviously no narrative or compelling writing structure. However, the quotations themselves had to be assembled, organized and edited into the book. There are quotations from almost every major poker personality and player. What I was particularly impressed with was the eclectic nature of the quotations. Besides, the usual poker pros you see and hear about at WSOP and WPT, there are quotes attributed to “Fulltilt.com” for example, as well as celebrity players like Jason Alexander, Brad Garrett, etc. It’s a great mix. Overall, this is a great flip-through-read book that makes for an interesting browse. The special treat was the movie quotes and lines that related to poker, as well as music lyrics, etc. And given the recent publication date, it’s pretty up-to-date with 2009 and 2010 references.
The cover illustration is a little cheesy looking and I’m not a personal fan of the font used. But I suppose you could argue that the book has an intentional campy, quirky sort of feel to it. I also found that the author was reaching a bit when it came to certain quotations. Like the Gus Hansen quote, “I like to see a lot of flops” seems to me more of a general statement that a humorous, interesting observation. I’m not sure I would’ve included it in the book. But then again, I’m not the author!
On the flip side, there are also tons of gems in here – too many to list. But I loved some of the online poker promoting quotes (ie. “Show me a professional player who refuses to play on the Internet these days and I’ll show you a dinosaur.” – Jesse May (2005)) . There are some really, really funny quotes in here as well. I highly recommend checking out the author’s site. If you want to preview some quotations prior to purchasing, the author’s site is peppered with interesting quotations.