The Education Of A Poker Player : Including Where And How One Learns To Win - Herbert O. Yardley. Ian Fleming (introduction) 1959 - Jonathan Cape, London - First English Edition [First American Edition 1957] Assume the worst, believe no one, and make your move only when you are certain that you are unbeatable or have, at worst, exceptionally good odds in your favor.’ - “Yardley’s Law” as Al Alvarez describes it in Big Deal: Confessions of a Poker Player.

Both an autobiography and a poker-playing manual which seeks to expose the cynical reality behind the "American Dream". Yardley describes many poker games and characters who include railroad men, travelling salesmen, speculators, drunks and no-hopers.

‘The book’s importance in the history of poker literature is unquestioned.’ -
Poker News.
  Yardley [1889-1958] began his career as a code clerk in the State Department rising to chief of MI-8, the first U.S. peacetime cryptanalytic organisation. MI-8 disbanded in 1929, Yardley published his sensational memoirs of MI-8, The American Black Chamber, in 1930. The Army were not amused and he was never again given a position of trust in the U.S. government [He worked for Canada and China during World War II].

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  Condition: A very good plus copy, with some scattered foxing, in very good dust jacket, a little browned, rubbing to edges, 1cm closed tear to rear panel.   Ref: 104145   Price: HK$ 2,100