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A long strange sad little story about being half-dead at the card table
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2014
The Noble Hustle falls somewhere in the middle between a book about poker and a book about the author's permanently blue soul, as well as, his experiences in and around Las Vegas. Speaking of the latter, at times it's a little much. The reader is journeying inside Colson's head, and that's a decidedly unsettling place to be most of the time. Occasionally I could relate. I think relation is key here. Those who don't care about poker won't like this book. Those who aren't the slightest bit depressed, existentially weird, or misanthropic won't care for it, either.
I wish there had been a little more on the poker coaching at the beginning and a little less about his younger self going to Vegas somewhere around the book's middle - that just seemed like filler. Did I get a sense of what the WSOP Main Event is like? Yes, I think so. It lacked certain Texas Hold'em details I was hoping for, but oh well.
All in all, I was pleased with The Noble Hustle. Will you be? It's hard to say...