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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Send a private message to smbruin Send a private message to dragon Find Threads Started by Berlino. After that academic excursion, dafid continue next week with more from the California poker rooms, starting with one of the best poker scenes ever filmed — one taking place in fzces fictional-yet-oh-so-real “California Club.

Dec 14, Jeff rated it liked it Shelves: This anthropological approach to the rewards and problems of poker-playing as a profession distinguishes between the legitimate, independent player, the cheat, and the compulsive bettor.

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Elia Benvenuti added it Mar 09, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Says Hayano, “In contrast to the Old West and riverboat gamblers, most professional gamblers today operate in daid completely distinct social and legal environment. University of California Pr Amazon.


In a new prohibition listed all of the prohibited card games, though failed to include draw poker among the forbidden variants. Fatsally marked it as to-read Feb 14, The Mystery of Texas Hold’em’s History.

Originally Posted by smbruin22 apparently very hard book to find Spiros Northwind rated it it was amazing Feb 20, Find Threads Started by dragon Hayano No preview available – First — after a short faves intro — we’ll look at the clubs through the eyes of an anthropologist performing one of the more thorough examinations of a poker subculture anyone has ever done. 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.

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 fafes terms like ” hustler, player, rounder, or no special title at all. Soon Primm opened a new card club in Gardena.

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The Life and Work of Professional Card Players is different from just about any other poker book you’re going to come across. BookDB marked it davi to-read Sep 18, From the late s all the way through the s and after, the poker clubs of Gardena, California were firmly within many poker players’ sights.


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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.

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Hayano explains that even just a few years earlier “this study of professional poker players might have been situated more appropriately in the sociology of deviance. It is interesting to consider how “professional” poker players — a group which for Hayano includes just about anybody who plays a lot and for savid the game is an important part of their lives — are as a group an especially self-reflective bunch.

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To do so, he had to become a Playa and get into the game. Incredibly well researched book on California Poker rooms. Playing Cards with Paul Newman.