Are You All In?

Ever since Chris Moneymaker came out of nowhere to win the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, becoming the first amateur to win the main event bracelet, the popularity of poker, especially Texas Hold ‘Em, has sky rocketed. I know I always try to catch some of the legendary event on ESPN each summer and fall, and have actually learned most of what I know about poker from watching those and other poker tournaments on television.

So with the World Series of Poker having just wrapped up a couple of days ago with Pius Heinz winning the 2011 Main Event and over $8.7 million, you might be in the mood to sharpen your poker skills. Maybe you’re new to the game, or maybe you’ve been playing your whole life; either way, the library has materials here that can help you improve and learn more about the game. Check out some of these books:

Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide by Barry Greenstein

Texas Hold ‘Em for Dummies by Mark Harlan

Play Poker Like the Pros by Phil Helmuth

Doyle Brunson’s Super System 2: A Course in Power Poker by Doyle Brunson

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Poker by Andrew N.S. Glazer

We also have DVDs that are available for checkout:

Howard Lederer “tells” all

Poker for Dummies

Annie Duke’s Advanced Texas Hold ‘Em Secrets: How to Beat the Big Boys

Poker Made Simple


Family on 3 Program Cancelled

The program which was to discuss the new book “Family on 3”, has been postponed due to the publication of the book being pushed back. It was originally scheduled to take place this Saturday, November 12, here at the library. The book, written by Christopher Stock who went to high school here in Topeka and is now a sports writer in the Miami area, is about the 2006-07 Highland Park boys basketball team that went undefeated and won the state championship. Stock will be coming here to discuss the book at a future date. Stay tuned to the sports blog for more information!


I'm the Red Carpet Librarian and work to bring lifelong support services to the Topeka and Shawnee County area through outreach and programming. I also am a sports enthusiast, work closely with the library's sports collection, and provide programming to engage the community's sports fans.