That’s a tough question. If you enjoy bathroom humor and would like to vicariously visit every poker room in Florida, then the answer is yes. On the other hand, if you’re seeking quality poker strategy and/or you despise nasty bathroom humor, then you should avoid Felt Hopper: Florida. It’s cool. I have no interest in disappointing readers. That could lead to the lost opportunity of a new fan. It would be a damn shame if someone read Felt Hopper: Florida before The Dark Side of the Felt, The Perfect Range, Poker Notes, or A Fishy Poker Tournament.
Let’s say that you happen to fall into the category of seeking a poker adventure opposed to poker strategy. And let’s assume you don’t mind bathroom humor. If that’s the case, then Felt Hopper: Florida might be for you. It was the greatest poker adventure I have ever been on, and it was one of the best adventures I have ever been on in my life in general – beyond just poker.
If you ignore the terrible poker play due to rushing in an attempt to get from one poker room to the next, and instead focus on the off-the-felt-misadventures and real characters, then you will have a much better mindset going into this unique poker book.
I’m not referring to it as a unique poker book in a positive way. It’s unique in the sense that it’s a poker adventure book opposed to a poker strategy book. Anyway, if you live in Florida, then you will obviously be more interested because you will be able to relate to several of the poker rooms I visited and wrote about. You also might read about people you know. Shoot, you might even read about yourself. Don’t worry, though; everyone was given a nickname so their identities would be protected.
The premise of the book was to hit every poker room in Florida with the goal of turning a profit. I won’t reveal how that turned out, but I will reveal that I refer to this as “my donkey book.” I gave it away, didn’t I? Sorry for the spoiler, but it doesn’t really matter. It’s about the journey, not the destination – just like everything else in life.
Getting smashed on the felt was another reason some readers didn’t like this book. They’re used to seeing me win on my other real-life poker adventures. Hey, you can’t win ‘em all. Also, even if some readers hate the book, I’d rather tell the truth than lie and have people tell me how great it is. I can’t live like that. If readers don’t appreciate the real me, then the writer/reader connection isn’t meant to be.
If you happen to read and enjoy Felt Hopper: Florida, then please consider leaving a review on Amazon. Getting reviews is like pulling teeth, and they are like gold to a writer. If you leave a review, please let me know. I would like to personally say thank you.
As you might have guessed, I would highly recommend reading one of my other poker books first, but that’s your call. Whatever you choose to read, hope you enjoy. Thanks for reading!