Renowned Poker Author Anthony Holden Passes Away at 76

Anthony Holden at the poker table

Sad news for the poker community – the famous writer, journalist and player Anthony Holden has died at the age of 76 after battling a serious illness. The Englishman was known for his wide range of interests: he wrote more than forty books, among which were works on poker, the royal family, a biography of Shakespeare and studies of opera.

Anthony not only wrote about poker, but was also a successful grinder himself. He was often seen at the tables in Vegas and performed well in World Series events.

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In 2009, he was chosen as the inaugural President of the International Federation of Poker (IFP). Tony remained in this status for four years, and then chose the role of Ambassador in order to devote more time to his literary activities.

His most famous work is a book about poker called "Big Deal: A Year as a Professional Poker Player", which was published in 1990. However, not many people know that it also has a sequel called "Bigger Deal," which examines the development of the poker community after the global boom.

Holden regularly appearsed on television shows and has played with open cards. He also represented England at the World Cup of Poker in 2006. For several years he had a sponsorship contract with the PokerStars room.

"Tony inspired me and dozens of other poker journalists. One of the kindest, smartest humans I’ve met," commented journalist James McManus.

Many speak of Anthony as a very kind and calm person, both in life and at the poker tables. At the same time, in his books he was not afraid of controversial topics and boldly expressed his opinion. For example, his biography of the future king of Great Britain called "Charles" revealed many important topics, including the controversial story with Princess Diana.

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