A late gift for the poker lover in your life

31qcju5hifl_aa240_ The Poker Encyclopedia, by Hannah MacKay and the late Elkan Allan, has crossed my desk. It does what it says on the cover, but it’s nicely-written, seems comprehensive, and feels absolutely gorgeous with a green-baize cover.
Why did the publishers send a copy to an economist like me – that is, one who doesn’t gamble? (I do occasionally play poker with my friends – that doesn’t count as gambling because it’s a sure thing.) Possibly they saw my feature about Chris Ferguson and how the geeks are taking over poker. It’s one of the pieces of writing I’m proudest of and you can re-read it here.

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