Item description for OOPS! I Won Too Much Money: Winning Wisdom from the Boardroom to the Poker Table by Tom Schneider...
Tom Schneider, a former CEO, is currently a professional poker player. After noticing the similarities between the business and the gaming worlds, he realized that he had a story to tell...actually, he had sixty-one stories to tell. This book is the result of Tom's experiences in the boardroom and at the poker table.
People from varied backgrounds, including members of corporate America and gamblers from Vegas, have taught Tom how to read people. You will enjoy reading Tom's humorous, educational, and sometimes poignant renditions of games he has played both well and badly, people he has met who have changed his life, and hands he has won...and lost. Ultimately, you'll come to realize what Tom now knows: everything in life is a gamble.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2006
Publisher Brown Books
ISBN 1933285370 ISBN13 9781933285375
Reviews - What do customers think about OOPS! I Won Too Much Money: Winning Wisdom from the Boardroom to the Poker Table?
Overrated Sep 7, 2007
I bought this book because more than a few reviewers gave it 5 stars. The author must have called in favors because as poker or business advice it is hard to imagine anyone taking his "wisdom" seriously. He constantly hypes his previous business positions and seems to address his audience as if they are high school drop-outs on drugs. Bad advice is somehow acceptable if it also includes bad humor. Here are some examples: "Winning Wisdom #7: The telephone is the best invention of all time. Use it" "Winning Wisdom #9: If you won a bronze medal at the last Olympics in the 100-meter dash, no need to tell that seventy-year-old man about it before you dust him for $5,000 at the local high school track." "Winning Wisdom #10: When you get fat, dumb, and happy, leave the dumb part out." "...but 90 percent of the time a decent player plays, he has a win at some point during the play. Yet that same player may only have a winning percentage of 60 percent at the end of the night. He's not a good quitter." "Winning Wisdom #18: You'll be in the spin cycle several times in your life. Don't make big decisions while you're in it..." "Winning Wisdom #20: Anyone can be the best. You just have to do the right thing." "If there is one thing that I would like women to learn from his book, it's not to complain about your weight or looks to your fat, ugly friends."
Come to think of it, this book IS laughable.
Sage Advice Apr 18, 2007
I don't think this book offers anything new for neither the top professional poker player nor the CEOs of the Fortune 500. However, anyone else in between will surely come away with at least a few common sense gems of wisdom which can be applied in our everyday lives. The stories about the colourful poker characters and crabby old office ladies are somewhat interesting. It is when the author explains how to understand and benefit from their motives is where the value of this fine read shows through. Apparently the author has a lot more sage advice than he does hair. I plan on re-reading this at least once a year.
Will enable poker players to become better at playing the game and living their lives Jul 7, 2006
A Certified Public Accountant and former President and Chief Financial Officer for three Arizona-based companies, Tom Schneider found that his background and experience in business and management were readily adaptable to playing and winning at poker. Becoming successful in going up against some of the most accomplished players in some of the biggest poker games around, Tom became and professional poker player (and the host of Texas' first televised poker tournament) for the last four years and has finished "in the money" four times at the World Series of Poker. Now he brings together in the pages of Oops! I Won Too Much Money: Winning Wisdoms From The Boardroom To The Poker Table (also available in a paperback edition, 1933285389, $16.95) all the hard earned wisdom he's learned in business, in poker, and in life to provide aspiring poker players with wit, humor, and "life lessons learned" that will enable poker players to become better at playing the game and living their lives .
Wisdom everyone should tap into Mar 16, 2006
Review by Bette Daoust, Ph.D. for Reader Views (3/06)
In my estimation I am not a gambler but in reality after reading this book, I recognize the signs of a true gambler at business. Some of us go to the poker table while others play the game of business. No matter which way you go, you are always taking risks and perhaps even educated risks. Poker is about knowing when you have a positive edge and when you should recognize where you stand at all times. Business is no different. Tom Schneider opens the eyes to the similarities between how we work the business game as a parallel to the game of poker.
His wisdom comes from deep experience and is not just giving platitudes about what we should be doing. His insights ring true. This book will help the reader to strengthen their game in either world because you will be more aware of the nature of other people in the inside the game.
This book packs a lot of information into an easy read - wisdom everyone should tap into.
Common sense approach to life and business Feb 17, 2006
Tom Schneider doesn't tell us too much we don't already know in his new book. But he reminds us of important things we maybe don't pay attention to enough. I finished his easy to read book in a couple of evenings. The writing style is almost like a wizened old uncle telling interesting stories. Never heavy handed or hard to decipher he reveals truths about life and business through clear clean parables. This is a book you will enjoy and enjoy giving friends.