Spanier’s writing combines the keen delight of an enthusiast with the scrutiny of the journalist. From his introduction to gambling as a school boy at a prestigious boarding school in England to a detailed examination of gambling in cyberspace, he takes the reader on a tour of the colorful and exciting world of poker. He talks about his Tuesday night poker club, life on a poker cruise, gives practical advice on tournament play and profiles leading players. He gives his special insight into the World Series of Poker as well. 246 pages, paperbound, 2001.