Most Memorable Hands" by Doyle Brunson
My 50 Most Memorable Hands is a little gem of a poker
book. The Texas Dolly of poker, Doyle Brunson, is a
nine-time poker champion, taking home two World Series
of Poker Championships and ten bracelets. He has been
playing high stakes professional poker for over fifty
years and is considered one of the top professional
players in the world.
What makes this book unique is that it isn't your
standard how-to poker manual. That being said, while
there is much to be gleamed from, if you are looking for
more direct instructions on poker strategy, I would
recommend any of Doyle's other books or Phil Gordon's
Little Green and Little Blue books on poker, which are
written in the similar vein of providing real world
examples and taking you through the mind of the
If you want to deduce your own lessons from the
real-world examples Doyle shares, while getting some
enlightening entertainment in an easy read, this the
poker book for you. Just keep in mind that you should
have prior knowledge about playing poker to reap the
full benefits before reading this book.
The way it reads is that Brunson simply replays what
he considers to be his fifty most memorable poker hands.
And memorable they are indeed. One of Brunson's earliest
memories is a hand he played in the illegal backrooms of
Exchange Avenue Pool Room, in which a man was shot and
killed at the poker table (turns out it was more of a
domestic dispute than a dispute about the hand). There's
less extreme recounting than this, albeit with high
stakes like when Doyle recalls going head-to-head with
Phil Hellmuth Jr.
I found myself most impressed with the detail in
which Brunson recalls these hands. As he explains in the
introduction, Brunson considers his memory a "special
gift". Maybe that's the same gift that's made Doyle
Brunson into a poker legend.
Beginner's will eventually want to read this book.
Just be sure you have a good grasp on the game and rules
of poker, or you won't be able to appreciate and gleam
the knowledge Brunson shares from experience.