Poker & Pop Culture


An interesting book on the history of poker by Martin Harris

When it comes to poker books, D&B Publishing has some of the best poker strategy books penned by the best poker players. Their latest offering however, falls into a slightly different category and is titled ‘Poker & Pop Culture’.

The book focuses on poker history and is the work of poker journalist Martin Harris. Subtitled ‘Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game’ the book does just that. Poker history up until now remained as a collection of oral stories passed down over the years. Harris attempts to run the reader through facts, fiction and exaggerations to pen a definitive history of the growing skill based game.

Harris has several advanced degrees, including a PhD in English, and teaches a course titled “Poker in American Film and Culture” at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He is probably the best fit to undertake a monumental piece of literature of this nature.

Poker & Pop Culture delivers the who, the what, the where, and the when of poker. However, instead of being a dry history book, it brings the stories to life. The quality Harris brings to table with his fabulous writing and well-formulated suppositions produces passages like:

“We hardly need to go back to Genesis to support the argument that as a species, humans have pretty much always been ready and willing to gamble, and other humans have always been there to raise objections.”

Martin has dedicated 12 years of research into this topic that he is clearly passionate about. This book isn’t just a treat for poker enthusiasts, this is a must read for anyone interested in America’s history of pop culture.

Being a history book it’s not too heavy a ready, Harris has broken it down to 23 distinct sections to allow a reader to jump and skip around parts of the book.

Harris gazes into his crystal ball to speculate on what the future holds for the game in his last chapter,

“Looking ahead to poker’s future America, there will no doubt continue to be divided opinions about the game’s worth and significance.”

Grab your copy!