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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After that academic excursion, we’ll continue next week with more from the California poker rooms, starting with one of the best poker scenes ever filmed — one taking place in the fictional-yet-oh-so-real “California Club. Selected pages Title Page.

Poker Faces by David Hayano

It’s a vaces book about the cardroom culture of Los Angeles during the ‘s. We’ve covered before the story of gold-seekers in California during the mids also enjoying the rush of cards as well as some of the early reporting on those games. It seems intended for those not familiar with poier poker-playing culture. Poker Faces by David Hayano. Find Threads Started by dirty banana Poker Faces by David Hayano I have a copy of this thing.

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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. Today, though, let’s skip ahead to the early s when a Ph. Originally Posted by smbruin That there is no book like it face it is well worth the investment.

However, as Hayano explains in the Preface, there was one big methodological difference between this new study and his earlier one.


Michael Solinas added it Jan 28, When considering the story of poker in the United States during the 20th century, most logically think of places like Texas or Las Vegas or later Atlantic City as the settings for the game’s most memorable and far-reaching moments. I’m not sure what you’re looking for in a book. He’s especially interested in the regulars, and with a lot of disclaimers ends up offering a thorough typology of different kinds of “professionals.

Poker Faces by David Hayano Quote: He then took a position at CSU-Northridge, at which point he started work on his next study, this time focusing primarily on the card rooms of Los Angeles county — including those in Gardena — and the behaviors of those who frequented them.

Mukta Matta marked it as to-read Sep 01, He has many classifications of pros. Originally Posted by smbruin22 apparently very hard book to find Refresh and try again.

The last observation I wanted to share from Hayano’s book is just to note how he ultimately views the society of poker players, circa the late s-early s, as a closed-off, isolated “world” not unlike that of the remote peoples he previously studied in Papua New Guinea. Jesse Richman rated it it was amazing Sep 08, Apr 11, Steve Gupta rated it it was amazing.

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I have a copy of this thing. Gardena’s emergence as a foremost draw poker destination started with a curious bit of legislative legerdemain. 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. Trivia About Poker Faces. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.


David Hayano examines the world of California poker players, circa ’70s-’80s, in “Poker Faces. One thing he might add today is the pro that makes a living strictly as a celebrity as opposed to a real pro. Account Options Sign in. Dec 14, Jeff rated it liked it Shelves: Find Threads Started by smbruin Whereas he might’ve been able to ravid situated outside the “world” of the Papuans pooer order to observe them, Hayano recognized the need to join the poker games if he hoped to learn anything worthwhile about the subjects of his study.

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A card-playing anthropologist sheds light on the special world of the poker pro. In a new prohibition listed all of the prohibited card games, though failed to include draw poker among the forbidden variants. That helped draw poker continue to remain a favored card game in the state.

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. Mainstream America Watching Amarillo Slim.

The Image and the Reality of Professional Poker. Poker Faces by David Hayano i thought i heard Howard Schwartz on his Gamblers bookstore podcast last year say that he would love to put that book into print again, and that if anyone knew the whereabouts of David Hayano to let him know so he could contact him about it Find Hayan Started by dragon Poker Faces by David Hayano.