By Herbert O. Yardley
Either an autobiography and a poker-playing guide which seeks to reveal the cynical truth at the back of the ''American Dream''. Yardley describes many poker video games and characters who comprise railroad males, vacationing salesmen, speculators, drunks and no-hopers
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The secret is to stay on higher cards than your opponents do. I play if I hold the following combinations, but if two of the cards are exposed, I fold. I stay if only one is exposed, with the exception noted below. WHAT TO STAY ON (1) A-A, A-K, A-Q, A-J, A-10, K-A, K-K, K-Q, K-J, K-10, Q-A, Q-K, Q-Q, Q-J, Q-10, J-A, J-K, J-Q, J-J, J-10, 10-A, 10-K, 10-Q, 10-J, 10-10. I also stay on (2) A-9, A-8, A-7, A-6, A-5, A-4, A-3, A-2, K-9, K-8, K-7, K-6, K-5, K-4, K-3, K-2. But fold if one Ace or one King is exposed.
Sure as hell did. ' 'That's a hell of a remark about his mother,' I protested. Chic laughed. The idiot made a funny noise in his throat. 'Mother, my ass,' said Chic. ' 'Then that must be his actress friend,' I said. The idiot was talking some gibberish. ' I angrily asked Chic, who could understand him. 'He says the red-head ain't no actress. She's a whore. ' 'Monty will break your goddamned necks,' I cursed at them and walked away just as Monty entered the back way. He greeted us cheerfully and comerred with Sandy a few moments, then asked me to come back to his study.
Ling and I were drinking scotch and soda in the Hong Kong Hotel cocktail room and watching the beautiful and well-dressed Chinese women in their long coloured silk gowns, some split above the knee. ' I asked. 'Well, no,' he said with some hesitation. ' Clearly it was up to me to show myself all-wise and all-powerful. I promised Ling to procure him a look-see, and to that end we set out upon my first assignment, surely a curious one for the foreign adviser in ciphers and counterespionage for the government in Chungking.
The education of a poker player : including where and how one learns to win by Herbert O. Yardley