Ligaz11 Review of The Little Book of Poker

In the year 2000, the gambling community lost one its pre-eminent authors and characters in David Spanier. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Spanier, everyone I’ve talked to has described him as one of the most delightful people they’ve ever met. Perhaps more importantly, though, he is survived by his writing, much of which is of the highest caliber the gambling literary corpus knows, including such classics as Welcome to the Pleasuredome and Inside the Gambler’s Mind, although at the time of this writing, both are sadly out of print.

Spanier also has the distinction of having the first (perhaps only?) regular poker column in a daily newspaper, in London’s Indpendent. The Little Book of Poker is a collection of these columns discussing poker strategy and giving a glimpse into the poker world which was edited for publication in England in 1999. Huntington Press picked up the US publication rights, Americanized the text somewhat, and published this book just a few months before the author’s passing.

As is customary in a book of essays, Spanier splits his columns into eleven topical sections, with such headings as “Action Venues”, “Poker Folk”, “Weird Things Happen”, “World Series of Poker”, …