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The Education of a Poker Player: Including Where and How One Learns to Win [Hb in DJ, First Edition, First Printing, SCARCE biography, Agile Thinking, Codes, Ciphers, and Spies, Card Game Playing, Expert advice]

Yardley, Herbert O.

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ISBN 10: 0671205617 / ISBN 13: 9780671205614
Published by Simon and Schuster, 1957, 1957
Condition: B: Book: Very Good Soft cover
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Collectible hardback book, very nice condition. Clean bright, hardly opened condition. Very slight edge wear/shelf wear, normal for a book of it's age. In nice dust jacket, with some wear at the edges. Dj is preserved in mylar and only has some minor wear. Minor damp mark on green cloth cover. 8 pages have some minor underline in red. Compelling, an easy read. Author is a noted storyteller. Excellent read. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand. Or would make a great gift for the fan / reader in your life. Bookseller Inventory # 5026354

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Title: The Education of a Poker Player: Including ...

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, 1957

Publication Date: 1957

Binding: A Hard Back, Clean and Tight

Illustrator: Illustrated Dust Jacket

Book Condition: B: Book: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket is VG

Edition: Stated First Edition.

Book Type: Biography Non Fiction

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This is the Bible of Poker, the book that every serious poker player has read and studied. Walter Browne, chess grandmaster and professional poker player, read and studied this book. Herbert O. Yardley, whose training in, and mastery of, the subtleties of poker made him just the kind of agile thinker whom you would expect to crack the Japanese Diplomatic Code (he did) and to write the classic book on codes, ciphers and spies (The American Black Chamber) Here is what the boys in back will have: This book talks about poker and people the way poker players talk about poker and people. It is lusty, funny, cool and knowing. The anecdotes are probably not for your Aunt Hermine. The poker instruction is for anyone (possibly including your Aunt Hermine) who likes to walk away from an all-night session a winner. Each chapter begins with a superb poker story story. Then comes a scientific analysis of the type of poker that was being played. (For example, the story of the corn grower who bets his farm against a circus tent show at Five-Card Draw, Deuces Wild – and wins under the fortunate circumstance of no longer being alive at the time – is followed by a brilliant analysis of how to play your cards at Five Cards Draw, Deuces Wild.) The author's tales of his early training in poker (in his teens when he was the protege of the celebrated Monty, who ran the only clean game in the only clean saloon in his section of the old West) amount to a professional education in the theory and practice of winning. His adventures in the Orient (in between assignments as a secret agent Yardley relaxed his mind – and in a sense repaid his debt to Money - by teaching a young Chinese boy strategic poker) are a post-graduate course in the art of the bluff – how to manage it artistically and successfully – whether the stake is a nest of Nazi spies or a big pot in Seven-Card Stud, Hi-Lo, plus just about every other poker variation you could name. Open the book. You'll know as soon as you read a few paragraphs and get Yardley's tone of voice, that the man knows what he's talking about. His stories are great. His advice could easily turn a steady loser into a steady winner. Yardley tells everything he knows about the art and science of the game of poker in The Education of a Poker Player. How good is his advice? Here is what the New York Herald Tribune says about this book. “It should be part of every father's investment portfolio for his son – or for himself. What Goren and Vanderbilt have done for the bridge player, Yardley has now done for that submerged four-fifths of American manhood that plays poker. He has given us dignity, wisdom and philosophy.

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Herbert O. Yardler was born on April 13, 1889 in Worthington, Indiana. His father was the station master and telegraph operator for the railroad and from this he learned the telegraph code. Yardley founded and led the cryptographic organization the Black Chamber. Under Yardley, the cryptanalysts of The American Black Chamber broke Japanese diplomatic codes and were able to furnish American negotiators with significant information during the Washington Naval Conference of 1921-1922. He wrote The American Black Chamber (1931) about his experiences there. He later helped the Nationalists in China (1938–1940) to break Japanese codes. Following his work in China, Yardley worked briefly for the Canadian government, helping it set up a cryptological section (Examination Unit) of the National Research Council of Canada from June to December 1941. Ian Fleming, author of the famous James Bond Series including “From Russia with Love”, was drawn to Herbert O. Yardley not least for gaming and high living, but as an icon in U.S. Intelligence. Herbert O. Yardley died on August 7, 1958, shortly after this book was published. In 1999, he was given a place in the National Security Agency Hall of Honor. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Grave 429-1 of Section 30. Yardley is a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame. The National Cryptologic Museum's library has 16 boxes of Yardley's personal files.

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