This classic book is out on its own, not only as a poker playing manual but also as an exposure of the cynical reality behind the American dream. A marvellous autobiography about countless characters, about the railroad men, travelling salesmen, speculators, drunks, no hopers – even secret agents – whom Yardley saw through a tobacco haze across the green baize tables of the world. “I sent to America for the book, was delighted with it and gave some copies away for Christmas. I said the book contained a hatful of some of the finest gambling stories I had ever read. The book would certainly become a classic. It was sharply, tautly written..." – Ian Fleming. (Backcover text)
Herbert Osborn Yardley (1889 Indiana – 1958 Washington D.C.) was an American cryptologist. He founded and led the cryptographic organization the Black Chamber.
Herbert Yardley, Wikipedia (fi)