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Book Review – Talkin’ About Poker: Straight Talk for Parents and Their Players

Poker has invaded the global culture, as anyone can clearly see. Poker TV is still a hot item, and there are more than half a dozen poker movies either hitting the theaters this season or in production. Poker clothing, poker sets, poker furniture and poker books are everywhere, and one recent example of how poker’s influence has spread is the offering from Loren Ackerman and Christopher Ackerman: Talkin’ About Poker: Straight Talk for Parents and Their Players. This book is not your typical poker book, filled with strategies and explanations of the game, but rather is an open letter to parents who are concerned about their children getting heavily into a game that used to be regulated by the world of gangsters and Old Boys Clubs.

Loren Ackerman was concerned about her son’s involvement with poker, worried about bad influences and potential gambling addiction, and began a quest to learn everything she could about the game that was taking over the global zeitgeist. Along the way she discovered the financial ups and downs, as well as the emotional ebb and flow, as her son become more and more involved with poker. The end result was this book, which speaks to parents who want to know the straight talk from others who share their concerns.

Availbable form Amazon and other book sellers for less than $15, Talkin’ About Poker: Straight Talk for Parents and Their Players contains not only Loren’s discoveries but words from the son himself, Chris Ackerman, on topics such as “What is Texas Holdem?”, “How do you play and bet?” and “Is it legal for my child to play poker?”


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