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About Nick Christenson

Book Author

Nick Christenson is widely regarded as one of the best gambling book reviewer publishing today. He is a contributor for Poker Player magazine, and has published in Full-Tilt and Gambling Times. He is also the editor of the very funny 'Casino Death Watch,' which chronicles the comings and goings of casinos in Las Vegas. He was once Senior Technical Consultant/Senior Software Engineer at Sendmail, Inc.. Prior to that, he was Senior Architect at EarthLink Network, Inc..  He is also an avid poker and blackjack player.

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Latest Nick Christenson Articles

Poker Winners Are Different
There is a big difference between what's typical human behavior and what is called for to play poker at a high level. There aren't a lot of people for whom maximizing their expectation in poker games comes naturally. Poker Winners Are Different by Alan Schoonmaker examines this conundrum.
Deal Me In and Eat Professional Poker Players Alive Reviewed
There isn't a clear path by which people become professional poker players. There aren't any good courses at the local vo-tech for a person to study. The road to becoming a poker pro is inevitably difficult, circuitous, and filled with setbacks. Deal Me In is a book describing the course by which twenty top poker players became professionals.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Review
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is widely considered to be the pinnacle of Hunter S. Thompson's writing. The book successfully combines widely disparate genres, at the same time a narrative trip report, vibrant fiction, and incisive social commentary. Thompson captures the spirit of place and time as perfectly as has Twain, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, or any other American author.
'Kill Everyone' Doesn't Match 'Kill Phil' But Comes Close
Kill Everyone is not quite a sequel to the remarkable Kill Phil, but Nick still recommends reading them in chronological order. Kill Everyone is aimed at players with some no-limit hold'em tournament experience. The information in Part 2 is exceptional and well worth the price of the whole book.
Limit Hold'em: Winning Short-Handed Strategies Reviewed
Despite the popularity of short-handed poker games, few books have been devoted to examining its special circumstances. One of the few to do so is Limit Hold'em: Winning Short-Handed Strategies by Terry Boyer and Lawrence Mak.
Killer Poker by the Numbers Reviewed
It's very rare these days that Nick Christenson is surprised by a poker book's contents, but Killer Poker by the Numbers is one such book. From the title, he expected it to be about poker math, but the approach the author takes is remarkably different.
King Yao's Definitive Book on Sports Betting
King Yao has written one of the finest books on sports betting that I have seen. Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting provides valuable insight into the methodologies and techniques used by a winning sports bettor at a variety of games. I can't imagine any serious sports bettor would not want to know what King Yao has to say on the topic. I strongly recommend this book to those with an interest in betting sports.
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