Andy Bellin is a pretty good poker player. Aver the twn years he's been playing semi-pro, millions of dollars have passed through his hands. He's the kind of guy who can walk away from the table $5,000 up. He's also the kind of guy who can drop $9,000 on a single hand. On his way to a Master's in astrophysics, Andy Belin made the fatal mistake of falling in love with poker. Too many years down the line, he's resurfaced from a life spent in high-rolling casinos and low-rent dives to tell us the tale. Part memoir, part expose, Poker Nation is a mesmerising journey through the ups and downs of being a gambler, a trip to a world where 'the only thing weirder than a poker player is the guy sitting next to him.' At once a witty history of the world's most popular card game, a how-to manual that really will make you a better player , and a story of one man's obsession, Poker Nation will leave you sharper, wiser and maybe even a little richer
Andy Bellin is an editor at The Paris Review. He lives in New York City, where he can be found playing poker at least five nights a week.