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Inside the intriguing world of poker lies a fascinating exercise in strategy and extreme concentration--many of the same principles that underpin the one-thousand-year-old philosophy of Zen spirituality. Zen and the Art of Poker is the first book to apply Zen theories to America's most popular card game, presenting tips that readers can use to enhance their game. Among the more than one hundred rules that comprise this book, readers will learn to:* Make peace with folding* Use inaction as a weapon* Make patience a central pillar of their strategy* Pick their times of confrontationUsing a concise and spare style, in the tradition of Zen practices and rituals, Zen and the Art of Poker traces a parallel track connecting the two disciplines by giving comments and inspirational examples from the ancient Zen masters to the poker masters of today.
Published: Penguin Group on Nov 1, 1999
ISBN: 9781101191972
List price: $11.99
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Yet another, different way to view poker and also, a few life lessons in there.read more
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I really enjoyed reading this, even though I don't play poker. I thought it nicely outlined zen principles with a focus on competition and game-playing. My favorite zen proverb that I read in this book - "Everything is true just as it is: Why dislike it? Why hate it?"read more
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I really did not care for this book. I'm not even sure how to describe it as it was a mixed bag of information. I expected a book like this to be directed at advanced players. Some of the info in this book was just plain bad such as "As always, play your cards, ignore the actions of others." There was some useful advice in the book, but not enough to make it worthwhile. I felt like the book spent more time describing a great poker player than teaching how to become one.read more
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Yet another, different way to view poker and also, a few life lessons in there.
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I really enjoyed reading this, even though I don't play poker. I thought it nicely outlined zen principles with a focus on competition and game-playing. My favorite zen proverb that I read in this book - "Everything is true just as it is: Why dislike it? Why hate it?"
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I really did not care for this book. I'm not even sure how to describe it as it was a mixed bag of information. I expected a book like this to be directed at advanced players. Some of the info in this book was just plain bad such as "As always, play your cards, ignore the actions of others." There was some useful advice in the book, but not enough to make it worthwhile. I felt like the book spent more time describing a great poker player than teaching how to become one.
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There have been a lot of these "Zen and the Art of..." books. Not being much of a Buddhist, I figured I'd see what I can learn about poker from this philisophical perspective. I don't remember much, but one of the words of wisdom was to be patient when playing a hand. Well no shit. Needless to say, since reading this book, I have not won any more money playing poker.
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