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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As published, it’s an easy read. This pokker is not yet featured on Listopia. Pei-Yao marked it as to-read Sep 19, BookDB marked it as to-read Sep 18, Find Threads Started by arinola By century’s end, however, the state’s lawmakers were less enthused about poker’s popularity, and set about outlawing nearly all forms of gambling. The games information is dated, but the rest is timeless. Find Threads Started by npc. Send a private face to dirty banana Eddy added it Jun 23, Send a private message to babykahuna.

The last observation I wanted to share from Hayano’s book is just to note how he ultimately views the society of poker players, circa the late s-early s, as a closed-off, isolated “world” not unlike that of the remote peoples he previously studied in Papua New Guinea. M added it Apr 22, Mukta Matta marked it as to-read Sep 01, Poker Faces by David Hayano As published, it’s an easy read.

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Originally Posted by Pandor I did a forum search on this book and I learned a little, but I was wondering if anyone could elaborate since I dwvid conflicting posts and reviews of the book from google sources.

To do so, he had to become a Playa and get into the game. It is interesting to consider how “professional” poker players — a group which for Hayano includes just about anybody who plays a lot and for whom the game is an important part of their lives — are as a group an especially self-reflective bunch. Find More Posts by Akileos.


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.

Find More Posts by babykahuna. Paperbackpages. Send a private message to dragon 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.

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Send a private message to npc. Refresh and try again. Find More Posts by dragon Cardinal Casey marked it as to-read Sep 19, Even so, most of us who’ve played poker at all seriously well know how immersive it can be, making it easy if we wish davd shut out everything else.

To ask other readers questions about Poker Facesplease sign up. Michael Solinas added it Jan 28, Poker Faces by David Hayano I did a forum search on this dacid and I learned a little, but I was wondering if anyone could elaborate since I found conflicting posts and reviews pokeg the book from google sources.

It’s a mostly closed-off society he finds himself in when playing in those games, “an abstruse, technical ‘small-life world'” that operates mostly independently of the larger one the rest of us occupy.

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BB code is On. Sofia Edward marked it as to-read May 26, Ehab Fathy marked it as to-read Nov 02, Find More Posts by arinola He’s especially interested in the regulars, and with a lot of disclaimers ends up offering a thorough typology of different kinds of “professionals. 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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Hayano’s face was to mine their deepest motivations for playing the game. Hayano No preview available – To further clarify my comment that the book is a study of player types does not mean a discussion of LAGS or TAGS but rather a discussion of what types of people frequent LA area cardrooms.

As anyone who has ever watched a live poker game well knows, there is a great deal that happens at the table that simply cannot be fully understood from even just a few feet away. Hayano pursues the point further, noting that one of the things that poker pros find themselves thinking about a lot is whether or not their lives have any special meaning at uayano.

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We’ll talk more about the colorful history of these clubs’ growth and development. I want this for my shelf at home.

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I don’t recall the book as being particularly difficult to read as it is not technical analysis of the game but rather a study of player types fces a sociological perspective.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Spiros Northwind rated it it was amazing Feb 20, Soon Primm opened a new card club in Gardena.