book review: how to cheat your friends at poker

How to Cheat Your Friends at Poker is ostensibly written by Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) and some poker guy on behalf of a card-cheat named Dickie Richards. It’s not a lot of actual mechanics (the advice on those ends tend to be: buy a card trick deck and practice these ways of dealing and practice it forever) but is a lot of stories about being a cheat. So it’s pretty entertaining.

One of the big things it reiterates is that cheating at cards is the same as stealing. There is no difference. Don’t try to fool yourself into thinking your doing anything noble. At one point the story is told how he stole $600 from the host’s wife’s purse and didn’t go to the game at all.

The Big Mistake that’s alluded to a few times in the book is trying to play straight. If you’re a cheat you cheat was the message. Never try anything else.

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