Poker Wisdom of a Champion - Doyle Brunson

The title of this book is definitely misleading, as it should really be called “Poker Tales of a Champion,” since that’s what the book primarily consists of.  This isn’t to say that there aren’t a few poker tidbits here and there, but it’s primarily a collection of stories from the road from the old days of the traveling poker players.  

I didn’t find this book quite as entertaining as a lot of people did, but that may have been because I’ve read some of these tales before elsewhere.  Brunson is a lot like a lot of older people in that way, who tend to forget that they’ve told you a story a few times before.

The material is fairly well organized though and is at least somewhat entertaining.  Don’t expect to find a lot of wisdom in it, that is unless you plan on going back in time to hang with the road gamblers.  There’s no doubt that Brunson is one of a kind though, although his books do tend to get more accolades than they deserve, in my opinion anyway.  

You do get a good taste of just how aggressive Doyle’s game is, and in fact he relishes his table image as the intimidator.  This wouldn’t work quite as well at the poker table these days, but he does try to weave some of his poker wisdom into the tales, and overall it’s a fairly good read, although not near as entertaining as Bobby Baldwin’s book in the same series.

Rating: 4 out of 5