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I've watched poker on TV for several years and just this past year started actually playing it. I purchased this book because I wanted to read about the live games and poker tournament strategies different stories and although they are in this book most of the book has to do with Phil Hellmuth and him being God's gift to the world. i i i me me me all throughout the book. I was very disappointed that the author also read the book on audio it is the worst audio performance out of all of the over 100 books that I have listened to. He should stick to Poker. although it cannot be questioned that Phil Hellmuth is one of the world's best poker players he is also one of the most arrogant narcissistic insecure individuals that I have read about. Towards the end of the book he actually blames his wife because he was on the road and was tempted by another woman.... total display of his narcissism and self-centeredness. I think it's at the end of the book where feel again for the second or third time refers to himself as being "perfectly ethical. I can't help but think of all of the poor sportsmanship and verbal abuse he has committed on other gentleman players while watching different TV tournaments. perfectly ethical........ what a joke. I've lived almost 50 years on this Earth and I have never met one perfectly ethical person in my life including myself there is only one who walked this Earth who is perfectly ethical and that's Jesus Christ. my theory is that in spite of all of the money and all of the accomplishments Phil Hellmuth has done in poker he is still insecure about himself and he wants to make sure the world knows all of the good stuff that he does and has done. I think about a person like Jack Nicklaus the world's best golfer and you see one interview after another and he rarely we'll talk about his accomplishments and less he's asked now that guy is a Class Act
I like poker, and have respect for Phil. His life story, especially the early years are interesting. I wish there was more depth into what was going on mentally during his tournament runs, and how he preps, and how a big time poker player financially handles the swings. Still worth the read/listen. Warning, towards the end, alot of names and products and whatnot, that aside, still entertaining.
Would have loved his wife's counterpoint to some of the events. Would have been a great touch.
I rarely write reviews but felt compelled to write as a poker enthusiast. This is by far the best poker autobiography I have ever read.
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As a beginner in poker, I found this to be a good book. It’s easy to listen to here and there. I like that Phil reads the book and he really gives it his best. It’s good to hear him telling his own stories and I found myself getting lost in them along with him. I know a lot of people find him obnoxious and overbearing but the moments where that comes through pale in comparison to the moments that he is genuinely revealing about his own life and his mistakes and flaws.
There isn’t a great deal of learning to be had, but it’s still useful to to hear him play out many of the hands he has been involved in, and he does go through a lot of them to be fair - so that’s good.
Overall you I finished the book knowing more about Phil as both a player and person, and the poker world in general and how it works/used to work. I also found myself wanting to play more and better poker.
Definitely worth a listen. I wonder how it would compare as a written book.
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A great listen while driving (I drive a lot ).
He does spoil some of the content with his headings. Probably the only bad thing about this book.
After all these years his passion for poker and its community is still heard in his voice and at the table. What amazing opportunities this man has had. A must read for any motivated poker player.