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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Soon Primm opened a new card club in Gardena. I also read that it is not an easy read. Again he fell on the side of exempting draw poker as a skill game, clarifying further that card rooms were okay as long as the players played each other not the house and the room didn’t claim part of the winnings, though they could charge players’ “rent” pooker time spent at the tables.

Poker Faces by David Hayano I did a forum search on this book and I learned a little, but I was wondering if anyone could elaborate since I found conflicting posts and reviews of the book from google sources.

During the first part of the book Hayano spends time sketching the scene in the card rooms as he experienced it, focusing in particular on describing hayxno lives of the players and the “social organization” or hierarchy among them.

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He has many classifications of pros. 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. Send a private message to avatar Originally Posted by avatar Use your social profile to sign in faster. Tom added it Sep 27, Be sure to complete your PokerNews experience by checking out an overview of our mobile and tablet apps here. Find Threads Started by Pandor.

He divides these players into “worker professionals,” “outside-supported professionals,” “subsistence professionals” and “career professionals. Hayano No preview available – Find More Posts by dragon A sociologist studies the world of draw poker in California. Hayano refuses to cast judgment on the players, though, suggesting at the very end that “perhaps it is unfair to question the ultimate meaning of any individual’s way of life.

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Poker Faces by David Hayano

It is interesting to consider how “professional” poker players dqvid 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.


But for several decades there was another stopping place sought by the game’s most ardent players, one located nearly three hundred miles southwest of Sin City.

Show more posts Loading Ehab Fathy marked it as to-read Nov 02, He’s especially interested in the regulars, and with a lot of disclaimers ends up offering a thorough typology of different kinds of “professionals. Find More Posts by Ppoker. M added it Apr 22, I got the book through interlibrary loan from poke library. In some ways this last observation about the “completely distinct social and legal environment” in which poker players once operated has changed a lot since — especially since the “boom” of the s that introduced poker to a much larger and more varied population.

Refresh and try again. Send a private message to babykahuna. Find Threads Started by smbruin All times are GMT More quickly followed, and eventually a half-dozen of them would emerge as the most enduring and popular — the MontereyEmbassyRainbowNormandieGardena and Horseshoe.

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As published, it’s an easy read. I’m not sure what you’re looking for in a book. Originally Posted by babykahuna. In a new prohibition listed all of the prohibited card games, though failed to include draw poker among the forbidden variants. The Mystery of Caces Hold’em’s History. Poker Faces by David Hayano Quote: