Monday, November 9, 2009

Glenn Gamble, if you’re a poker author, why don’t you talk about poker?

You're probably wondering why I haven't discussed any of my current poker play on this blog when my book is about the marriage of love and poker. Given that I used to play poker for a living should be the backdrop for me to constantly talk about bad beats, flush draws, and my opponents' bad calls, but that's no longer my lifestyle. Sure I still play poker, but I don't play very much and since I've got so much invested in my publishing company I simply don't have the time or the bankroll to play poker for a living. With that being said, I'm probably a better poker player now than I was anytime between 2004 - 2007, when I was making most of my money from poker and in a couple of those years I was making all of my money from poker; however I'm not as alert now as I was back then so I choose not to play much these days.

Being a better poker player and not possessing the alertness and concentration needed to grind out pots everyday is like being a race car driver who’s only focused on the racetrack 85% of the time. Most times he'll be an effective driver and a formidable foe in the field, but all it takes is one time out of that 15% for him to lose concentration and run straight into a wall. The same goes for poker. Yes, I can make the correct play, or plays 85% of the time, but it only takes 1 time out of that 15% of not being focused to make a mistake and lose all my money on a play I would never make if I weren't working 10 - 12 hour days either at my square job or on the street selling my books.

Right now, I feel that growing my brand and growing my business and getting more exposure for my book is way more important than trying to win $100 at the $1/$2 game at the Majestic or Horseshoe Hammond. I want to be able to set up a spendthrift trust for my children before I even consider reliving my former dream to win a WSOP bracelet event. The fastest way for me to do that is for me to sell this book to as many people as I can and owning a few assets that I can put into a trust for however many children that I'm going to have in the next 2 - 5 years. The up and down nature of playing cards simply doesn't provide that security for me. Besides, this book is bigger than poker and this is more important for me and my family than playing for small pots.

Now I'm not saying that I'll never get back to playing serious poker or that I won't play you guys on Full Tilt Poker from time to time, but it will be for painlessly low stakes and it will be twice a week at most. Poker is no longer my main focus and reaching as many readers as possible is. Not only do I want you to buy my book, but I also want us to communicate with each other openly. Becoming some mega celebrity with an entourage is not what I want from life. My main goal short-term and long-term is to build a relationship with you. With that being said, I will always be approachable and I don’t believe that I need to be overly arrogant and stand-offish to be a successful author. I do, however, need for you all to support me and support my writing by going to and getting my books such as A Thousand Chances and other future works because I can’t write books if no one buys them. It’s not that I’m all about the money, but the reality is that if you don’t buy my books I DON’T EAT and if I don’t eat, it won’t be long before I pursue another endeavor that will allow me to eat, but I digress.

Although I don’t talk about poker much, if you have any poker related questions, or any questions at all for me, just shoot an email to

Thank you for understanding.