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By: Earl Burton, High Point, NC — February 24, 2006

Charlie Shoten’s “No-Limit Life” is a book that goes vastly beyond simply improving your poker game. In the book, Charlie helps the reader attack a portion of their game that many of us have no control over, the mindset. He has commendably figured out what keeps many people from achieving the maximum from their abilities, whether at the tables or in the game of life itself.

While most books only point out the signs of difficulties and problems, Charlie has not only shown the signs of what attacks our mental states but also offers ways to counteract these attackers. It is a significant step for a tome that acts as a “help” book when the help is provided in the reading of the book, instead of through much time, expense and continued analysis.

By reading and implementing the advise given in “No-Limit Life”, anyone can achieve their goals and ambitions, whether they are a poker player or someone who is in a completely different field. It is useful to anyone in becoming a better human being and Charlie should be commended for his approach to looking at life and its various travails.

By: Dr. Pauly — February 7, 2006 – Not just a poker book, but a spiritual guide

I first met Charlie Shoten at Sam’s Town casino in Las Vegas at a breakfast “meet and greet” before the first poker bloggers tournament. Charlie was scheduled to speak about his upcoming book “No-Limit Life.” He offered insight into his Ten Commitments along with suggestions on how to eliminate ‘Thought Terrorists’ (TT) out of your life. Since that day, I had been waiting for his book to come out. I’m an avid reader and was eager to read about Charlie’s thoughts on life and how it specifically applies to your poker game.

I had the opportunity to engage in several inspiring conversations with Charlie Shoten. I’d catch him in the hallways at the Rio during the World Series of Poker or I’d stop by his booth at the Poker Expo. Most recently, I’ve been running into him at the Bellagio where you can often find him playing in their daily tournaments.

We chatted about many different things. He gave me tips on improving my tournament game. We discussed his book and the intricacies of getting it published. And most importantly we spoke about personal freedom, a subject that intrigues me the most as a writer.

You need to add this book to your poker library. It’s always refreshing to read a book that focuses on subjects that are not just about poker. Charlie wrote a series of articles for Poker Player Newspaper and the feedback from readers was so overwhelmingly positive that he expanded the concept of those articles into No-Limit Life.

Charlie Shoten shares with you some of his own personal philosophy and how if applied, you can improve both your life and your poker. No-Limit Life is a book that would be great for poker players of any skill level. I personally enjoyed his astute advice on being less of what we are not and discovering personal freedom to find a release of my inherent creativity.

The design of the book is very cool. The quality of paper used is top notch. The pictures are outstanding. Several of them were taken by Flip Chip. And even pictures some of your favorite bloggers are in Charlie’s book, including yours truly on Page 191. On almost every page there are boxed quotes from both Charlie and a selection of great minds including William Shakespeare, Albert Einstein, Alfred Tennyson, Winston Churchill, and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. There are small illustrations sprinkled throughout the book where you get to see the cartoon version of Charlie Shoten.

On the margin of every left page, he lists keywords for his Ten Commitments:

  1. Attitude
  2. Focus
  3. Notice
  4. Intentions
  5. Trust
  6. Appear
  7. Outcome
  8. Forgiveness
  9. Notice
  10. Gratitude

Charlie spends a lot of time discussing his “Sixth Commitment” which is: ‘I am calm, confident, and clear, and I wait for my best choice to appear’. This is advice that you can apply to your life whether you are seated at a poker table or in a business meeting. I’ve found myself repeating Charlie’s Sixth Commitment to settle down while I was on the verge of tilt during my last bad poker session.

Plenty of pros have read and embraced Charlie’s book as well. Included in No-Limit Life are commentaries from notable pros that enjoyed Charlie’s book such as Vince Burgio, Scotty Nguyen, Men the Master, Carlos Mortensen, and Miami John Cernuto. Even WPT founder Lyle Berman purchased twelve books so he could give them to his friends.

Since his book has been published, Charlie has shown me some of the glowing emails and letters he’s gotten.

Here’s a sample of what readers have been saying about No-Limit Life:

“You are far more than a poker player and I commend you for your work. You are teaching people to guide themselves, and that’s the greatest gift a leader can give.”

“Not all can say what they mean and mean what they say! The real task is to of course practice what you have taught in No-Limit Life.”

“Your book has altered my perceptions so drastically, that now I can better handle the stress of professional poker. Thanks for changing my life.”

“Your book gave me the knowledge and map I needed to have the courage to deal with my negative outlook on life. I have turned my future into something positive. The pages of the book were filled with an abundance of wisdom from someone who has obviously ‘been there.’ I finally had the recipe to be myself and eliminate my Thought Terrorists. This has allowed me to be a better and happier person than I ever thought to be.”

By: Lyle Berman writes letter about Charlie’s book — February 28, 2006

When I purchased “No-Limit Life” from Charlie he asked me to be sure I read it. I am very glad I did. I couldn’t put it down. I read most of it while I was playing a major poker tournament in Las Vegas. It is a beautiful colorful book, interesting, enjoyable, and puts a smile on your face at every page. It can help you see yourself differently and shift you life’s priorities.

I purchased 12 more books as gifts for my family and friends. Later, I ordered another dozen because many of those who received a copy had the same response I had. This speaks of how I feel about Charlie’s book. Not only will your poker game improve, but your life as well.

Thank you Charlie for writing “No-Limit Life”. Players and non-players of poker all over the world should enjoy and benefit from your wonderful book.

Lyle Berman, Founder/World Poker Tour/Travel Channel
Chairman of the Board/CEO, Lakes Entertainment, Inc.

By: Frank “The Lone Ranger” – Las Vegas, NV — February 18, 2006 – Buy it….read it….PROFIT from it!

I have been playing tournament poker for two years with mediocre success. I happened to meet Charlie at a Bellagio tournament and he was asking another player if he wanted to purchase his book. Charlie’s style of play peaked my interest, so I asked if I could purchase the book too. I left it on my desk for close to a month like most people do, but after a few more losing events at the poker table, I cracked the cover and started my journey.

Once I finished the book, I had a whole new perspective about playing poker. The next tournament I entered was at the Bellagio, and can you believe it, I placed fourth and banked a very nice profit! A week later (Jan 31), I came back to the Bellagio and placed third earning another great profit. After that, I played the Mirage and won third again; and a week later, I played Mirage again and won first place! Charlie’s book has honed my psychological skills by allowing me to divert my negative thoughts and accelerating my positive ones. Poker is a game of people first, then you play the cards is what I have learned from this book; the biggest competition is your own mind!

Last month, I played a satellite with Charlie at the Bellagio. I made it to the bubble, but did not win my seat into the $1060 buy-in. After the satellite was over, I took a break and reviewed my copy of No-Limit Life. I decided to buy my way into the $1060 tournament because the field was over 150 challengers and the prize pool was close to $50k.

Well, I took my time as Charlie teaches, and I waited for my “time to appear,” which happens to be the sixth commitment in Charlie’s system. It paid off. I placed third, winning my biggest payout to date.

Because of Charlie’s guidance, I have a new level of confidence with my game, and now I have the bankroll to step up to larger tournaments.

Thanks for the great advice and teaching Charlie…you are a true professional and WINNER!
Watch out WPT/WSOP, Frank “The Loan Ranger” is moving his way up the tournament circuit!

Testimonials

By: Carlos Mortensen, World Series of Poker Champion 2002, World Poker Tour Champion 2005

NO-LIMIT LIFE has not only helped me when playing in many tournaments, but also in many aspects of my personal life


By: Scotty Nguyen, World Series of Poker Champion 2004

I always smile when I see Charlie because I know that my game and my life are about to get better!"



By: Earl Burton, High Point, NC — February 24, 2006

Charlie Shoten's "No-Limit Life" is a book that goes vastly beyond simply improving your poker game. In the book, Charlie helps the reader attack a portion of their game that many of us have no control over, the mindset. He has commendably figured out what keeps many people from achieving the maximum from their abilities, whether at the tables or in the game of life itself.

While most books only point out the signs of difficulties and problems, Charlie has not only shown the signs of what attacks our mental states but also offers ways to counteract these attackers. It is a significant step for a tome that acts as a "help" book when the help is provided in the reading of the book, instead of through much time, expense and continued analysis.

By reading and implementing the advise given in "No-Limit Life", anyone can achieve their goals and ambitions, whether they are a poker player or someone who is in a completely different field. It is useful to anyone in becoming a better human being and Charlie should be commended for his approach to looking at life and its various travails.


Lyle Berman writes letter about Charlie's book — February 28, 2006

When I purchased "No-Limit Life" from Charlie he asked me to be sure I read it. I am very glad I did. I couldn't put it down. I read most of it while I was playing a major poker tournament in Las Vegas. It is a beautiful colorful book, interesting, enjoyable, and puts a smile on your face at every page. It can help you see yourself differently and shift you life's priorities.

I purchased 12 more books as gifts for my family and friends. Later, I ordered another dozen because many of those who received a copy had the same response I had. This speaks of how I feel about Charlie's book. Not only will your poker game improve, but your life as well.

Thank you Charlie for writing "No-Limit Life". Players and non-players of poker all over the world should enjoy and benefit from your wonderful book.

Lyle Berman
Founder/World Poker Tour/Travel Channel
Chairman of the Board/CEO
Lakes Entertainment, Inc.

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Best Books Awards, 2005 — USA Book News Finalist Category: Psychology/ Mental Health

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