Poker Woman: the book

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Poker Divas - Book Pokerwoman Ellen Leikind

Poker Woman: How to Win at Love, Life, and Business using the Principles of Poker shows women how to apply winning poker strategies to all aspects of their lives to get what they want even if they’ve never played a hand of cards.
Poker isn’t just a card game – it’s a metaphor for life.

A game of luck and psychology combined with skill, and making the most of the cards you are dealt. Poker is traditionally dominated by men, and Ellen Leikind encourages women to stop betting like a girl and play to win. PokerWoman is not a “how to play” book, but rather uses poker as a metaphor to show how to get what you want at work and in your personal life. The following concepts are all illustrated using personal stories from successful women:

  • Picking up on non-verbal cues
  • How to bluff at the right time
  • Knowing when to raise the stakes and be aggressive
  • Choosing the right game
  • Breaking into the Boys Club
  • How to assess risk

When Should You Be Aggressive

PokerWoman teaches women to get what they want at work and in their personal lives by piling up the chips, making the most of the cards they are dealt, how to win, and if you lose, how to get back in the game. Whether the game is cards, romance, or business. The author encourages women to overcome their fears and doubts, find their voice, figure out what they want, and claim their rightful seat at the table. Although easy-to-follow instructions and games rules are included, PokerWoman is not a “how to play” book instead, it teaches women how to win their own game. The Introduction to PokerWoman was written by Kathy Liebert, the number one ranked female tournament poker player at the end of 2007 with cash earnings over $4,100,000.


What people are saying about Poker Woman:

"This is an entertaining and enlightening book. And dangerous. Take the title seriously: It really is written to give women an advantage in virtually every area of life, from poker to business to personal relationships. Which is the reason every male and female poker player, and non-poker player, should read it. Ellen Leikind analyzes the games of poker and life in a straight-forward manner, with many examples, to make the lessons easy to apply. The transitions can be fascinating. Take ‘Playing with Fire: Trading on Attraction,’ Read it, if only in self-defense."
Nelson Rose
Editor and Chief, Gaming Law Review
"How often do you find books that promise to teach you everything there is to know about playing poker? Too often, that’s how. So, when another “how to play” book comes along, the poker world barely rears its head in acknowledgement. But, when something entirely new comes along, the entire poker world practically stands at attention. And this time, with “PokerWoman” gracing the shelves, it seems as if the whole world will be standing alongside the poker enthusiasts. You see, this book isn’t about winning at poker – it’s about winning at work, love, and life through poker"
"Forget golf! For women, the new way to the board room is Texas Hold ‘Em. The skills you learn at the poker table–strategy, bluffing, risk evaluation and maintaining that good old poker face–make you a better executive. And did I mention that you’re having fun, too?"
Jane Bryant Quinn
Author of Making the Most of Your Money Now
"Like poker, life is a game, and Ellen Leikind makes that connection come to life in an informative and entertaining must-read. These are lessons to share with your girlfriends, your sisters and your daughters. Then break out that deck of cards and go all in!"
Melissa Meyers

What readers are saying about Poker Woman:

"The wisdom of ‘Poker Woman’ transferred to areas of my life that were previously unexamined. I stopped being a ‘calling station’ and learned how to stand up for what I needed without being obnoxious or unreasonable. It’s worth reading several times. You’ll get something else out of it each time.My relationship with my husband changed for the better."
Karen Lee
"I got this book for my Aunt who is a poker player . i was curious and opened the book with the idea of skimming it. After all, I thought, I don’t gamble and I certainly don’t play poker. As I read page after page I made a discovery. I was a “Poker Woman.” Of course I never thought of myself as one before. Just for fun I took your quiz and came out with a solid “B” and my ephiphany was that the same skills that are important in love, life and business have their parallel in poker. I do not know the first thing about the game but my whole perception of poker has changed after reading this book. I might even give playing poker a try!"
Sue T.
"My husband gave me this book as a Christmas gift. I thought it was going to be a “cute” book. Boy was i wrong. Poker Woman is filled with easy to follow principles that every woman can apply to her everyday life. The author parallels examples from the poker table to real life situations in a way that everybody can relate to and understand. The “away from the table” examples are ones that I personally have experienced and/or witnessed at the office, at the mall, at dinner parties, at family functions, etc. This book taught me a great deal about how to better negotiate, how to change my strategy depending on who I’m playing with, and knowing when to stay in the game and when it’s simply time to get out of the game…the game of life, of course. As an added bonus, there is a very informative poker lesson at the back of the book. Poker Woman is a must read!"
Monica G