|Title||Final Table: A Winning Poker Approach from a WSOP Champion|
Translated into English by Christina Palassio, unfortunately adding several errors in the process.
|Year||2012 (originally published in French as Cartes sur Table in 2011)|
|Pros||Well-considered thoughts from a highly skilled poker pro.|
|Cons||Fairly short book with mostly high-level advice; would have benefited from a coherent retelling of the 2010 WSOP Main Event.|
|vii||Foreword by Guy Laliberte|
|17||Knowing Your Numbers||3|
|25||Getting in the Zone||4|
|33||Controlling Your Emotions||5|
|75||The Thirst for Victory||10|
|81||Nerves of Steel||11|
Duhamel grew up in Boucherville, a primarily French-speaking, 40,000-person town near Montreal.
Yang's book teaches very little poker strategy but is much more riveting and covers his Main Event run thoroughly. Duhamel's book teaches a lot of poker strategy, but only occasionally references his victory.
Duhamel teaches what you need to know, both at the table and away from it, to play high-level poker. Chapters such as "Getting in the Zone", "Discipline", and "Knowing Yourself" could really apply to any game or sport, while others such as "Knowing Your Numbers", "Creativity", and "Taking Risks" give more specific poker advice. He actually refers to his eighteen chapters as "qualities" that all top poker pros, like Allen Cunningham, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, and Phil Ivey, possess.
A handful of "According to Jonathan" insets appear throughout the book with pithy recommendations, but these are underwhelming in length and quantity (just six of them).
The most interesting story in the book is unfortunately relegated to a few paragraphs at the end. An ex-girlfriend set up Duhamel to be violently robbed of a large amount of cash and his priceless championship bracelet, which was later recovered badly damaged.