Lawyers' Poker: 52 Lessons that Lawyers Can Learn from Card Players

Lawyers' Poker: 52 Lessons that Lawyers Can Learn from Card Players
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Lawyers' Poker: 52 Lessons that Lawyers Can Learn from Card Players by Steven Lubet, published by Oxford University Press.

Great poker players are master tacticians. Not only do they calculate odds with lightning speed and astonishing precision, but they also cunningly anticipate and manipulate the actions of their adversaries. In short, they boast skills that every lawyer can envy.

This highly entertaining work might best be summed up as "better lawyering through poker." Steven Lubet shows exactly how the tactics of the poker table can be adapted to litigation, negotiation, and virtually every aspect of law practice. In a series of engaging and informative lessons, Lubet describes concepts like "betting for value," "slow playing," and "reverse bluffing," and explains how they can be used by lawyers to win their cases.


The best card players, like the best lawyers, have a knack for getting their adversaries to react exactly as they want, and that talent separates the winners from the losers. Lawyers' Poker is an irresistible guide to successful lawyering and an enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in law. No poker knowledge required.

  • Offers an unique and entertaining, yet very relevant, approach to aid lawyers in improving their litigation skills and win more cases
  • Steven Lubet is a nationally recognized expert on trials and trial strategy and his book, Modern Trial Advocacy has been adopted at over 90 law schools

Table of Contents:

Lesson 1: Saving Bets
Lesson 2: Expected Value
Lesson 3: Don't Gamble
Lesson 4: There is no Lesson Four
Depend on the Rabbit's Foot if You Will, But Remember: It Didn't Work for the Rabbit
Lesson 5: Opening Hands
Lesson 6: Drawing Hands
Lesson 7: Chasing is for Dogs
Lesson 8: Yardley's Law (and Darrow's Exception)
Lesson 9: Losing It
Lesson 10: Desperate Times
Lesson 11: Volatility
Lesson 12: Sunk Costs
Lesson 13: Stakes Matter
Lesson 1: Fundamentalism
Lesson 2: Know Why You are Betting
Lesson 3: Slow Playing
Lesson 4: Bluffing
Lesson 5: Reverse Bluffing
Lesson 6: Semi-Bluffing
Lesson 7: Overplaying
Lesson 8: Calling Bluffs
Lesson 9: Loose Wiring
Lesson 10: Folding Winners
Lesson 11: Establishing Patterns
Lesson 12: Implication and Story Telling
Lesson 13: Patience
Lesson 1: Knowledge is Power
Lesson 2: Taking Their Measure
Lesson 3: Tells
Lesson 4: Get What You Need
Lesson 5: True Lies
Lesson 6: That's Acting
Lesson 7: Calling Bias
Lesson 8: Paying Attention
Lesson 9: Reading Value
Lesson 10: Total Recall
Lesson 11: The Unexpected
Lesson 12: Local Rules
Lesson 13: Showing Your Hand
Lesson 1: Lying
Lesson 2: Cheating
Lesson 3: Scamming
Lesson 4: Banking the Proceeds
Lesson 5: The Right Stuff
Lesson 6: Moral Hazards
Lesson 7: Self Control
Lesson 8: Beginner's Luck
Lesson 9: You Gotta Have Heart
Lesson 10: Cards Speak
Lesson 11: Cross Examination Does Not Mean Angry Examination
Lesson 12: Beautiful Loser
Lesson 13: Poker Ain't Life
Ranks of Hands
Notes and Sources