Friday, June 9, 2006

Writer Learns Hard Lessons In Celebrity Poker Tourney

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you need to learn some life lessons, try celebrity poker – it worked for Pat Walsh.

He’s the author of How to Win the World Series Of Poker (Or Not): An American Tale (Plume), and says that he learned a lot while researching his book in an attempt to win the 2005 championship poker tourney.

Walsh says the most important poker lesson he learned was “never to play from a position of fear,” but also that celebrities and friends can be just as cutthroat as the most professional poker elite.

He says rumors of high-level, low-profile celebrity games are true and the most coveted one is in Los Angeles run by Steve Martin, Norman Lear and even Johnny Carson when he was alive.

Says Walsh, “Rumor has it David Letterman tried to get in but was refused. One writer got in, wrote about it, and now no writers are allowed.”

Walsh adds: “Another thing poker taught me is your best friend will cut your throat and sell you down the river to win. It’s sobering.”

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