Superstars of Poker: Texas Hold'em

Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Moneymaker, and Jennifer Harman all participate in one of the fastest-growing sports today-Texas Hold'em poker. In this 14-book series, young readers will learn about the individuals who played in the early days of the game, as well as those who are today's frequent participants at the final table. Poker helps teach life skills including probabilities and statistics, judging how people act, and the ability to make quick decisions under pressure.


ISBN 978-1-4222-0215-9


ISBN 978-1-4222-0382-8
14 volumes
12 & up
7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari
by Jackie Allyson

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0217-3 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
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He can make poker chips appear to levitate and playing cards disappear. He's a brilliant performer who can gather a crowd to a poker table with his magic tricks. But when he wins a poker game, it isn't magic. It is talent, skill, and the result of years of hard work. His name is Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari.

Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
by Jackie Allyson

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0218-0 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
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Chris "Jesus" Ferguson is one of the best poker players in the world, plus he has a Ph.D. in computer science. He's also a competitive ballroom dancer, a businessman, and, according to other professional players, just about the nicest guy there is playing on the tournament circuit today.

Chris Moneymaker
by Mitch Roycroft

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In 2003, an unknown accountant showed up at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. He'd never played in a live tournament before, and he had certainly never played against pros. But Chris Moneymaker, that unknown accountant, came out of nowhere, stormed the WSOP, and conquered the pros.

Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu
by Mitch Roycroft

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Daniel Negreanu, called "Kid Poker" on the professional poker circuit, is one of the most dangerous high-stakes players today. Since his arrival on the tournament scene in 1997, he's won more major tournaments than any other player. His name tops the World Poker Tour's All Time Money list, and he's received numerous Player of the Year Awards and other honors.

Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson
by Jackie Allyson

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Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson is sometimes called "The Godfather of Poker." Born in 1933 in a small Texas town, he's been in the game since the road gambling days. He has helped change poker from a backroom game surrounded by danger to a popular pastime that is enjoyed by millions.

Greg "Fossilman" Raymer
by Jackie Allyson

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After qualifying in an online tournament, Greg won the World Series of Poker Main Event and became a world champion. He also has a master's degree in biochemistry and worked for years as a patent attorney. Now, in addition to being a poker pro, he's a public speaker and is considering running for vice president of the United States.

Gus "The Great Dane" Hansen
by Jackie Allyson

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Those who sit down for a game with Gus Hansen do so at their peril. He's one of the most aggressive players at the game today, and the only player in the world with three World Series of Poker open tournament wins. Just in his early thirties, Gus "The Great Dane" Hansen is well on his way to becoming a legend in the poker world.

Howard "The Professor" Lederer
by Jackie Allyson

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Today the Professor can be found playing at the world's largest tournaments, seen on television as a poker commentator, or sitting at the most elite high-stakes cash games. Meanwhile, he's studying Zen Buddhism on the side. For Howard Lederer, it's all part of life as a poker pro.

Jennifer Harman
by Mitch Roycroft

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For much of its history, poker was a man's game. But Jennifer Harman has claimed her seat at their table. She's not about to leave, and many other women are following in her footsteps.

Johnny "Orient Express" Chan
by Mitch Roycroft

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Johnny Chan is arguably the most famous poker player in the United States today. Even the uninitiated knew his name long before the current popular poker craze. Poker professionals respect him, poker amateurs hope to one day play against him, and everybody dreams of beating him. That, however, in unlikely to happen.

Phil "The Poker Brat" Hellmuth
by Mitch Roycroft

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In 1989, Phil Hellmuth Jr. became the youngest World Series of Poker championship in history. Today he is tied with legends Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan for the most WSOP bracelets ever won. He's also famous-even infamous-for being boastful, egotistical, short tempered, and a sore loser.

Phil "Tiger Woods of Poker" Ivey
by Mitch Roycroft

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In the glitzy world of high-stakes poker, Phil is a reluctant star who prefers privacy to fame. His goals-to play the best poker he can, to win the most money he can, and to make a nice life for himself and his wife-have driven Phil into one of the top spots in poker's most elite line up.

Phil "Unabomber" Laak
by Jackie Allyson

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People wonder whether Phil Laak is just the luckiest guy on earth or some sort of mad genius. Those who know him best say he's something in between: a fun-loving goofball with a frighteningly analytical mind. Fans love his attitude and antics at the poker table. At any rate, he's one of the most popular professional poker players alive today.

Texas Hold'em: The Learning Curve of Life
by Rae Simons

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From casinos to the Internet, from high-schoolers' living rooms to television tournaments, it seems like suddenly everyone is playing Texas Hold'em. Only thirty or forty years ago, the world of poker was very different. Today, some people still say that poker is a dangerous game of luck. Many others, however, insist that it's a game of intelligence and skill that offers valuable life lessons.

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