For Richer, For Poorer
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In September 2006, Victoria Coren won a million dollars on the European Poker Tour. In her long-awaited memoir, she tells the story of that victory, but also of a 20-year obsession with the game. It is a journey which has taken Coren from a secret culture of illegal cash games to the high-stakes glamour of Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, and brought with it friendship, laughter, and money, but also loneliness, heartbreak, and defeat. With disarming honesty, Coren lays all of this bare. For Richer, For Poorer also tells the story of the poker revolution. How did this cult card game, populated by a small community of colorful and eccentric players, move from the back streets to the mainstream in a few short years? It is a fascinating story from a trusted insider.
Victoria Coren is a writer, broadcaster, and poker player who writes weekly columns in the Guardian and the Observer. She is a member of Team PokerStars Pro, with lifetime winnings of $1.5 million.
"Seizes the reader with its first sentence and never lets go. Victoria Coren writes, on several levels, with wit, honest, and perfect freshness." —Martin Amis, author, Money: A Suicide Note"I read this book in one righteous gulp . . . faithful, epic, and true to every loveable miscreant she's faced across the green baize. I will pick up this book again and again." - Jesse May, author, Shut Up and Deal"Terrifically funny and terribly moving. Vicky Coren plays cards like a demon and writes like an angel." - Patrick Marber, author, Closer"Gripping, touching & funny. I loved it & I've never played poker." —David Mitchell, author, Cloud Atlas"A terrific poker book and a terrific memoir . . . engaging, lucid, full of verve and a pleasure to read . . . also really funny. These pages are crowded with fascinating people. There is also an unexpected resonance and depth. What more can you ask from a read?" —Observer "Coren tells the story of her unorthodox rise to poker fame with wit, panache and considerable candour . . . It makes for a nail-biting read." —Mail on Sunday"Fresh, funny and moving. Coren writes insightfully about love, obsession, depression and illness—and poker." —Literary Review "With a beguiling blend of humour and honesty, shrewdness and candour, she wins the reader’s heart . . . an absorbing and unusual slice of autobiography." —Daily Telegraph