A Fishy Poker Tournament is the strangest poker book you will ever read. This was supposed to be a side project, but it turned into much more. On a whim, I asked my fans on Facebook if they would want to be a character in a book. I didn’t expect many responses, but the “In” replies flew in so fast that I couldn’t keep up, which led to me capping the number of characters at 100. This actually ended up being 101 characters because of an error I made, and if you count Tyler (me), then it’s 102 characters. I didn’t know if I could pull it off, and neither did some of my fans, one of which wrote to me privately to say that I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. Thanks, buddy!

I actually should be thanking him because that private message kind of motivated me. I spent countless hours stealthily visiting everyone’s Facebook timelines in order to gather as much information about their lives and personalities as possible. In order to fit all of these characters into one book, not many people had significant roles. I did hook up a few people with big roles, which were my biggest fans.

As far as the plot goes, Tyler visits the Pink Piñata to play in a $1,000 buy-in winner-take-all poker tournament, but some of the people in the tournament are acting strange. For instance, the guy serving Italian food swings his sausage at Tyler’s head, one of the players is high on PCP and takes Tyler on a wild goose chase, a Russian gangster enters the scene with force, and 10 poker players are being held captive in the attic.

What’s really going on at the Pink Piñata? Who will win the poker tournament? Is the poker tournament tied to the strange events taking place behind the scenes? How do the pieces to this puzzle fit together?

I don’t know if I did the book justice with this little write-up. I can assure you that the read is far better than this post. However, despite exceptional feedback thus far, this zany poker book isn’t for everyone. A few poker players told me that it was a bit too fantastical for them, and that they preferred the Dark Side of the Felt. That’s fine with me since I wrote both of them, but I tend to root for my most recent project, which is A Fishy Poker Tournament.

If you happen to like poker and the bizarre, then A Fishy Poker Tournament should be right down your alley. Please let me know your thoughts if you choose to read it. Thanks for reading!


Tyler Nals

If you love poker, then you're in the right place. My poker strategy books are written for the beginner-intermediate player, and many readers have told me that these strategies have helped them turn a profit. My books are easy to understand and written from a macro perspective on how to win as a poker player. You will also find an entertainment angle. Regardless of what level poker player you are, you might enjoy A Fishy Poker Tournament, The Dark Side of the Felt, and The Poker Office. These are poker adventure books, not poker strategy books.

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