For Richer, For Poorer: Confessions of a Player

For Richer For Poorer Confessions of a Player In September Victoria Coren won a million dollars on the European Poker Tour In this her long awaited memoir Coren tells the story of that victory but also of a twenty year obsession with the

  • Title: For Richer, For Poorer: Confessions of a Player
  • Author: Victoria Coren
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  • Page: 446
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • For Richer, For Poorer: Confessions of a Player

    In September 2006, Victoria Coren won a million dollars on the European Poker Tour In this, her long awaited memoir, Coren tells the story of that victory, but also of a twenty year obsession with the game It is a journey which has taken Coren from a secret culture of illegal cash games to the high stakes glamour of Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, and brought with it friendshIn September 2006, Victoria Coren won a million dollars on the European Poker Tour In this, her long awaited memoir, Coren tells the story of that victory, but also of a twenty year obsession with the game It is a journey which has taken Coren from a secret culture of illegal cash games to the high stakes glamour of Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, and brought with it friendship, laughter and money, but also loneliness, heart break and defeat With disarming honesty, Victoria Coren lays all of this bare For Richer, For Poorer also tells the story of the poker revolution How did this cult card game, populated by a small community of colourful and eccentric players, move from the back streets to the mainstream in a few short years It is a fascinating story from a trusted insider.

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    1. Christine Blachford

      I really don’t know anything about poker, but I was keen to read this after realising just how fabulous Ms Coren is. Although it is all about the game, it’s not hard to read. Even when going into details about particular hands, you only have to have a basic grasp of deal, raise, and fold, which is the extent of my knowledge. It’s a tale of how one person can do what they love and do it well, and a chronicle of how poker has grown and changed but still retains it’s essence. The most impor [...]

    2. Sonia

      As soon as I saw Victoria Coren talking about her book on Twitter, I knew that I was going to have to read it. Witty, intelligent, dead cute and sister of the equally entertaining although more sweary Giles, she really is my OH's celebrity crush, which is why we had to watch Only Connect religiously when it was on.So, not only does Coren have all that going for her, she is also ‘a bit naughty’ because she has immersed herself in the ‘seedy’ world of poker – except she doesn’t just da [...]

    3. Andrewh

      Before reading this book, I had thought that Victoria (Vicky) Coren was a journalist who played a bit of poker, like many slebs. This book reveals that she is more of a professional poker player who is also a journalist - she was (is?) even sponsored by the world's biggest online poker site (Pokerstars) to play in tourneys and has won $1.5m (it says here on the blurb). In fact, she probably a lot more now since she also won the EPT again recently - this is the main event of the European poker to [...]

    4. Jo Kneale

      I have a fondness for Victoria Coren's wit and honesty on Only Connect, and always assumed that she was a posh girl solely based on her accent. I apologise. In the book what little personal life she shares is interesting and a reminder that a great accent is often misleading. Victoria's book is a tale of poker and its place in her life. She writes of flushes and pairs and blinds like an expert. while I know nothing of poker, the narrative is interesting enough to carry me past. I love how she d [...]

    5. Simon

      I bought this on for £1 when they were having a Kindle ebook sale. All I had to do was wait until I eventually bought a Kindle. And when I did this was my first book. And what a book!Victoria Coren, from the crazily talented Coren family, has many strings to her bow. She's hosted Heresy on Radio 4, Only Connect on BBC4, writes for the Guardian and as she's best known in the context of this book, a Poker Champion.In For Richer, For Poorer, Coren charts her love affair with poker from an early a [...]

    6. Plum-crazy

      I'm not one for memoirs or biographies or even poker for that matter!but I do like Victoria Coren so I thought I'd give this a go.It's a funny & personal memoir about friendship & the desire to belong. While it's packed with amusing anecdotes & colourful eccentrics, Coren doesn't shy away from talking about the darker, seedier side of gambling. Despite having a handy brief glossary at the back of the book, I didn't follow a word of the poker hands described at the end of each chapter [...]

    7. Colin Forbes

      Not exactly an autobiography. Definitely not a poker playing 'manual' (although there a few tips scattered through the anecdotes). This is the story of Victoria Coren's poker playing life.I'm semi-literate when it comes to poker, and occasionally found that the jargon would go over my head, but it didn't trouble me greatly. This is written in a very chatty, friendly style and is full of the wit and dry humour you would expect if you've ever read her newspaper columns.An entertaining read and an [...]

    8. Lee

      I loved this, I'm not sure it's made me any better at poker, but it's a great insight into someone that loves the game; and brilliantly written.

    9. Wearsteel

      Come for the Poker, Stay for the JouneyWhether it be the Poker, the celebrity that brings you to the book that's fine. What will keep you reading is the snippets of colour, the wending journey of life and the ebb and flow in all.

    10. Jon

      On of the best written poker biographies I've read in a while. Coren talks about a lot of personal stuff, and as someone who never went fully pro is well situated to give us the amateur's view.

    11. Sovotchka

      Update (May 08, 2014)Having reread the entire book now (I've only done highlighted re-reading before), I felt like a few additions to my review were in order.It is still true that this book is very well written, and should be enjoyable for you if you're the least bit interested in either its subject or its author. What I didn't realize at the time though was how much this book helped me and how much I actually took from it. I'll just list a few of my highlights (because it feels wrong to get too [...]

    12. Steve Mitchell

      Victoria Coren's book goes straight on to my must read list! The story of her love affair with poker just happens to coincide with the rise in popularity of the game from smoke filled back rooms to Internet overload and celebrity television shows with championship games on the sports channels. I remember coming home from the pub and switching on the television when Late Night Poker was first broadcast; it really should not have worked but it was just so addictive viewing. I do not really want to [...]

    13. Sarah

      I've always been a bit of a gambler (not a hugely successful one, but enthusiastic - up to my preset financial limit, of course) and have always wanted to learn to play poker.I've also been a fan of Victoria Coren for a long time, and when I discovered her poker credentials, and that she'd written this book, I knew I had to buy it.And I'm glad I did. I love this book. Coren writes entertainingly about her life in poker (though there's rather too much use of the historical present for my taste) a [...]

    14. Phillip

      A compelling look at the world of poker, through the eyes of journalist and broadcaster Victoria Coren. She details how she became hooked on the game from her early days playing for small stakes in smoke filled back rooms of pubs and clubs, right up to becoming the European champion. She has an uncanny knack of bringing to life the charachters that she has met through the years and the anecdotes are interesting, funny, and sometimes sorrowful.

    15. Domen Kolsek

      I really love this book. Not just because it's the story of the first female EPT champion, but the way Vicky portrays the world surrounding the game makes me wish I was around before poker became so popular. The story is full of emotion and that gives it the essence other poker books lack. The ups and downs of living the life of a "degenerate" gambler, love, grief, happiness and despair. All is there and all is true. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. Non-players and players alike.

    16. Harry Rutherford

      I don't have any interest in poker, but Victoria Coren is entertaining on TV and radio, so I picked this up a few months ago when the Kindle edition was on special offer at some ludicrously cheap price. And it's definitely a good read. It's funny, it's moving, it's interesting.

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