|Pros||Shows how the poker landscape changed dramatically in the 17 years since Big Deal.|
|Cons||Too many details about small, unimportant tournaments and cash games the author plays in.|
|15||Give My Regards to Broadway||1|
|31||Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!||2|
|53||Minnie, Get Your Gun||3|
|75||Brunson at the Bellagio||4|
|97||From Yale to Walsall||5|
|117||The All-Out Move||6|
|133||The Kid Who Broke the Bank||7|
|157||My Moneymaker Effect||8|
|175||The Cards Don't Know||9|
|223||The New Poker||11|
|241||The Gold Rush||12|
|275||How to Play Texas Hold 'em, with Ranking of Poker Hands|
|281||Glossary of Poker Terms|
Among the people who took up poker after reading Big Deal: Nick Leeson (the rogue Barings Bank trader had some time to kill in jail), Bill Gates, and Randolph Fields (one of the founders of Virgin Atlantic Airlines). A 1995 Holden biography, The St. Albans Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Graham Young, may have inspired something a bit more sinister, a Japanese girl and chemistry student murdering her mother with thallium.
The book starts with the 2005 WSOP Main Event and ends with the 2006 Main Event, but the 2007 Main Event is covered briefly in the Epilogue.
Unfortunately, all of his traveling may have caught up with Holden. His marriage to "the Moll" began shortly after the previous book but ended in divorce a decade later. She shows up at one of the poker festivals as they are still friends, but he has no problem with knocking her out of a tournament. His sons are now old enough to play poker legally, and he buys one of them into a poker tournament as a birthday gift.
Besides Las Vegas, Holden plays poker -- now mostly No-Limit instead of Limit Hold 'Em -- in Connecticut (Foxwoods and Yale), Manhattan, the Caribbean, Monte Carlo, and England (London and Walsall). He's a good enough player to net after expenses enough to earn his buyin into the 2006 WSOP Main Event. He's still better at cash games than tournaments, but he has occasional successes in the latter.Along the way, Holden covers the forerunner of the World Series of Poker,3
The Texas Gamblers Reunion was organized by Tom Moore at his Holiday Hotel in Reno in 1969. When he decided not to repeat the event, he freely gave the idea to Benny Binion.
Barry Hearn, started using hole cams on his Poker Millions television show without realizing that Orenstein had a patent on them. Hearn intended to fight Orenstein in court until he read the Polish concentration camp survivor's memoirs and thought, "My God, I'll pay him whatever he wants" [page 197].
With the tremendous growth of the poker world since Big Deal, the sequel appeared as just one of a slew of poker books published in 2007. As such, it didn't garner nearly as much attention as its predecessor, and objectively it isn't nearly as important. But, it's almost as entertaining and equally non-educational.