Friday, November 09, 2007

Poker Blog 

Congratulations to my poker hero, Johnny Hughes, for getting his poker novel published. He's been very gracious in sending me essays and stories to post here on this humble poker blog and I encourage each and every one of you to go buy his damn book on Amazon right now.

I heard a rumour that Johnny will be in Vegas in December for the blogger gathering. I look forward to buying him a few many beers and chatting shop.

From Johnny:


Texas Poker Wisdom by Johnny Hughes, now for sale

See www.JohnnyHughes.com

An excerpt:

Matthew "Slick" O'Malley has been a Texas road gambler for fifty years. He wants to teach his nephew, Dylan, everything about poker: its strategy, culture, language, history, pitfalls, songs, movies, books, gambling joints, and web sites.

"Did you ever want to be anything other than a gambler?" Dylan O'Malley asked his uncle.

"There's no percentage in regrets, boy. To me, it's always been about time, not money. I found early on that I was up for about fifteen hours a week of hustling as a gambler. I have always watched everyone hurrying off to work. Not me."

Dylan had saved $250,000 in poker winnings in two years. He said, "I love poker. I can't see going back to renting my life out by the hour. I can go anyplace I want all over the world and no-limit Texas Hold 'em will be there waiting for me. It's the purest form of freedom.". Texas Poker Wisdom, a novel, by Johnny Hughes

Comments about Hughes' Writing

"Scrolling the pages of a Hughes narrative is like lighting a lantern into the darkest recess of poker's subculture. [Hughes] brings the legends of the past and present to life and often provides the very best portrait of these unique, real-life characters of anyone on record."

-Nolan Dalla, media director, World Series of Poker, best-selling author and columnist for Card Player

"Johnny Hughes's poker stories are a national treasure . hilarious stories and colorful characters . timeless classics . the stuff of history . one of my all-time favorite poker writers."

-Iggy, a.k.a. Ignatius J. Reilly, the Blogfather of Poker, GuinnessandPoker.com

"Told with authenticity and the knowledge that only a true road gambler could possess . a book that you will love . a highly enjoyable read."

-Anthony Kelly, editor-in-chief, Player Europe magazine. Dublin.

"Cryptic, dark. Irrefutably unique. Elliptical euphemism and metaphor are (Hughes's) tools. Gambling folklore and parables abound. All told with a twinkle in the eye and one finger on the trigger ... Johnny writes evasively, challenging us to refute, compelling us to believe."

-James Dodd, a.k.a. Tetuso, Bet-the-Pot.com. London.

I’m a Johnny Hughes fan... he has a truly unique style… Hughes’ style is hard (like the man had to be) … These men remember a time when poker wasn’t so much glitz and glamour, when the cameras and lights were substituted for by cigars and guns. It feels a lot safer the way we do it now, but you have to admit there’s a romance to what once was."

Gary Wise. Poker Historian. Bluff Magazine, ESPN.com, Wisehandpoker.com.
Toronto, Canada.

About the Author

Johnny Hughes has written for Bluff Magazine, Bluff Europe, Player Europe, Texas Observer, TexasMonthly.com, GuinnessandPoker.com, PokerPages.com, PokerForum.com, WisehandPoker.com, Bet-the-Pot.com, and Truckin’. He has been a gambler, salesman, and university lecturer. Learn more about Hughes at www.JohnnyHughes.com.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Monday, November 05, 2007

Poker Blog 

Wow, is it really only a month away until the Vegas Gathering? Yikes.

I just wanted to share a quick photo of my frisbee dog wearing his Chad Johnson uniform at an exhibition we did the past weekend.

I'll be back with oodles of goodies, have no fear.

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