Fading Hearts on the River
By the spring of 2014, in his most recent year of playing against the biggest sharks in tournament poker, Isaac Haxton had won four million dollars. Not only that, for eight years running he had won more than a quarter of a million dollars every year. But in 2006 when he told his parents, after three years in computer science at Brown University, that he wanted to play poker full time, the outcome was far from certain.
Following his son on the plunge into this career, Brooks Haxton, a recreational gambler and longtime poet and teacher, takes readers on a rollicking tour of game theory, financial strategy, and the mysteries of parenthood. Fading Hearts on the River is one family’s story of playing the odds—the odds for a career in poetry or in poker, the odds for the survival of a newborn son in intensive care, the luck of the draw in Texas hold ‘em, and the gamble of placing your heart in the care of another.
While Isaac climbs the ranks of international poker, winning more in one hand than his father has earned from all his books combined, he visits ports of call in the Bahamas, Las Vegas, and Malta. Millions of dollars come and go. Fading Hearts on the River celebrates the staggering luck of a gifted mind at play and the ultimate luck of love.