For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker

By Victoria Coren

In September 2006, Victoria Coren gained one million cash at the eu Poker journey. In her long-awaited memoir, she tells the tale of that victory, but additionally of a 20-year obsession with the sport. it's a trip which has taken Coren from a mystery tradition of unlawful money video games to the high-stakes glamour of Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, and taken with it friendship, laughter, and funds, but additionally loneliness, heartbreak, and defeat. With disarming honesty, Coren lays all of this naked. For Richer, For Poorer additionally tells the tale of the poker revolution. How did this cult card video game, populated via a small group of colourful and kooky avid gamers, stream from the again streets to the mainstream in a number of brief years? it's a attention-grabbing tale from a depended on insider.

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No female. He’s now not a pleasant guy, he’s a disadvantage to victory. i need to knock Sid out. i need to grind him into the floor. i would like to ship him domestic skint. i would like each chip, i need him pleading for the bus fare. i need to obliterate all of them. loopy teenage Swede, after all, it’s effortless. i might name in approximately 3 seconds. much less. jacks, increase, all-in re-raise from a loopy teenage Swede: my chips are within the pot earlier than Björn’s even moved. With Sid, you recognize, it’s tougher. i need to give it some thought. The railbirds could disapprove of that. Let’s say I name, playing cards come over, Sid was once creating a flow, I’ve acquired hugely the easiest hand – then i presumed too lengthy, it seems like a gradual roll. yet Sid doesn’t appear to make loads of strikes. He’s a great participant. I appreciate that. in spite of this, I can’t go. For this case, I’ve obtained a hand. It’s an opportunity to knock out a participant. more cash. stable chips. He may well probably do that with any pair, any ace. whether he’s bought me beat, I’m no longer useless. 5 playing cards to return. lots of jacks within the deck. good, . yet you want to get fortunate to win tournaments; obtained to offer your self the chance to get fortunate. And this can be an important match of my lifestyles. It’s the ultimate desk of the London EPT, that magical week while the all-important ecu Poker travel involves my very own domestic on line casino. My ordinary poker rivals are accumulated at the rail, observing. a few of them have stocks in my motion, others simply are looking to see an area participant do good within the immense occasion. $1,000,000 on hand as first prize. No girl has ever gained it earlier than. and that i received to this ultimate through being gutsy; can’t swap that off now. Can’t cover from likelihood. If I lose the pot, I nonetheless have chips. now not many, yet a few. I don’t have to win the event besides. It’s sufficient simply to have made the ultimate. I’ve received tournaments ahead of, yet by no means made the ultimate of something so highly major. simply getting the following, that’s adequate. I’m satisfied now. What am I considering? i've got jacks and a man’s long past all-in! It’s Christmas! I name. Sid rolls over nines. bad Sid. It’s a pleasant hand. He’s entitled to be in entrance. He’s entitled to a 50/50 opposed to a number of overcards, and he’s entitled to be at an advantage even than that. I elevate much more frequently than he does. I’ve raised with a few outright garbage during this event to this point, and received away with it. He’s entitled to a move from me during this spot. He’s unfortunate I’ve received jacks. having said that, no early cheers. lots of nines left within the deck. of them. fats apostrophes. evil hand grenades, ready to blow up out of the dealer’s fist and kill my courageous jacks. My susceptible knaves. negative boys. i'm going to safeguard them. i'll defend them from the nasty nines. Nina from Pasadena won't come flirting off the deck to wink at my helpless little jack tars, flip their heads and sink their boat. No 9! The flop comes: ok♦ . . . four♦ . . . 10♣. That’s ok. No dicy backdoor flush draw. Sid doesn’t have the 9 of diamonds. The curse of Scotland. yet why have I enable that card come into my head? Why did I even give it some thought? It’s like i would like it to come back!

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