The High Stakes and Low Life of a Poker Professional
The remarkable true-life story of a man who escaped crime, poverty and addiction to become Europe’s most successful poker player.
Roy Brindley has earned over a million pounds, has a contented family life, owns an incredible house and both a Porsche and a Ferrari. But he’s not always had money to play with. In fact, he hasn’t always had a home.
Addicted to gambling like the majority of his family, Roy spent his teens and twenties in the bookies and, week in, week out, frittered away his entire pay packet as he attempted to chase his losses. By the time he was twenty-eight he was on the run from the police and living out of a cardboard box in Southsea. In 2002 he finally ended up in court and decided to turn his life around. After a chance viewing of the Hollywood poker film Rounders, he at last put his phenomenal mathematical talent to constructive use, and his domination of the European poker circuit began.
From his dysfunctional early years, through a career as a greyhound trainer and journalist before playing cards for cash became his vocation, the story of Roy the Boy is both an inspirational rags-to-riches story of a man
“A blasting, naked account of what it is to be a gambler”
“His story is honest and raw, but with hints of underlying, unspoken tensions. His sheer determination is contagious, and his gutsy self-belief ensures the reader stands firmly in his corner throughout... The journey Brindley takes not only from the street corner to a television career, but also as a writer, is what makes his debut book so captivating”
Rebecca McAdam, Card Player Europe
“A triumph... Life's a Gamble is a truly fantastic book that is both entertaining and shocking to read at the same time. Roy Brindley has captured what is going on in the mind of an addicted gambler brilliantly. It is genuinely one of the best biographies and certainly the best poker biography I've ever had the pleasure of reading”
Barry Carter, Uk Poker News
“He's the gambler I always wanted to be”
“One of the best insights into the heart and mind of a gambler ever written... moving and uplifting. And for poker-lovers, a must-read”
Des Wilson, author of Swimming with the Devilfish and Ghosts at the Table