Poker Faces: The Life and Work of Professional Card Players. Front Cover · David M. Hayano. University of California Press, – Social Science – pages. Title, Poker Faces: The Life and Work of Professional Card Players. Author, David M. Hayano. Edition, illustrated. Publisher, University of California Press, David Hayano’s book Poker Faces: The Life and Work of Professional Card Players is different from just about any other poker book.

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Recognizing “the relentless instability and uncertainty of day-to-day gambling” experienced by the players he studies, Hayano explains that as a result many of them are constantly forced to reevaluate what they are doing and its significance and meaning.

Again he fell on the side of exempting draw poker as a skill game, clarifying further that card rooms were okay as long as the players played each other not the house and the room didn’t claim part of the winnings, though dagid could charge players’ “rent” for time spent at the tables.

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The first two groups have other jobs which sustain them, with poker essentially being a more or less serious hobby for them and profiting at the game not at all crucial. Finally we’ll discuss a brand new documentary about the Gardena rooms that will help us fill in more details of their fascinating story.

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More quickly followed, and eventually a half-dozen of them would emerge as the most enduring and popular — the MontereyEmbassyRainbowNormandieGardena and Horseshoe. Send a private message to dragon Webb gave an opinion on the matter that specifically described draw poker as a “game of science” and thus not covered by the anti-gambling law. Account Options Sign in. Ricardo Velasco rated it really liked it May 16, Find More Posts by dirty banana Hayano admits he employs the term “professionals” a bit loosely, pointing out that in fact many of those whom he’s describing would not call themselves or each other “pros,” but would rather use terms like ” hustler, player, rounder, or no special title at all.

If you’ve frequented poker rooms, especially ones which cater to locals, you’ll not learn much from this book.

Find More Posts by Berlino. Send a private message to dirty banana Originally Posted by avatar77 I think he’s looking for the author and not the book.

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Poker & Pop Culture: Going to California to Study ‘Poker Faces’

Glen Shewchuk marked it as to-read Jun 18, There’s another interesting side note in that Preface worth sharing. Show more poier Loading Refresh and try again. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Soon Primm opened a new card club in Gardena. Playing Cards with Paul Newman.


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Even though Hayano’s commentary is rooted in the era, many of his observations still apply in many ways to today’s “grinders. Originally Posted by Pandor. Send a private message to babykahuna. Find Threads Started by babykahuna.

And so, in order to get a better idea of the “deep, invisible structures” present in the social interaction of the players, Hayano took a seat at the tables himself in order to improve his perspective. Poker Faces by David Hayano Quote: University of California Pr Amazon.

Find Threads Started by Berlino. Alshimaa Mohamed marked it as to-read Nov 02, Other editions – View all Poker Faces: Stefano rated it really liked it Aug 26, There was also a mention of this book going in to print again. BB code is On. In other words, while the games of old in saloons and on steamboats might have encouraged a lot of interaction between regular players and “normal” folks, these games he’s watching and participating in are different. Incredibly well researched book on California Poker rooms.