What’s an award-winning
children’s book author doing playing poker?
Simple: he loves it.
Dr. Hope is a part time poker
professional. In the past five and a half
years he has played in 285 tournaments, has won 24
un-televised events and made 70 final tables. One of them was a World
Poker Tour event at the Aviation Club de France in Paris
in which he placed fourth.
‘Dr. Hope’ Anders and Children’s Books
Born in New York City, Tim (Dr. Hope)
learned a spirit of optimism and humor from his mother
that would stick with him throughout his life. When
he was forcibly separated from her at an early age,
these lessons empowered him to cope with his ever-changing
Having lived in foster homes, state
run dormitories, with stepparents, grandparents and
in boarding schools, Tim saw first hand, abuses that
most of us can only imagine.
Tim vowed that one-day he would give
children the same tools that had helped him cope with
difficult situations and disagreeable people. And boy,
did he. From the promise he made to himself came the
award winning “Life Lessons Series,” a series
of children’s books that teach children “life”
lessons in entertaining and amusing ways.
In the past several years, Tim has
had six of his children’s books published: The
critically acclaimed Laughing Day, Chip, the Little
Computer, The Frog Who Couldn’t Jump, Punctuation
Pals, Wonderful Wuzs, and Little Miss Contradiction
and the Fuzzywinkle. He received a Certificate of Award
from the San Diego Book Awards Association for Outstanding
Accomplishments in Writing for his first bilingual children’s
book, Chip, the Little Computer and again for Laughing
Tim is also a talented piano player,
composer, lyricist, and producer. He has teamed up with
Comic/Actor/Singer Russ T. Nailz and together they have
created a series of delightfully humorous children’s
CDs and cassettes. On the CDs, Tim’s stories are
brought to life through talented voice actors (Russ
T. Nailz is amazing!!), special audio effects, heart-felt
background music, and delightfully humorous songs that
make kids think and laugh.
Tim ‘Dr. Hope’ Anders
At the ripe old age of 12, inspired
by the TV show Maverick, Tim started playing poker.
He bought his first poker book, ‘Poker According
to Maverick’ around that time and studied it intently.
Throughout his teen years and his early twenties, he
played in the occasional home game and was a consistent
winner. He worked as a musician and while on the road,
he would play the sporadic poker game in which again,
he was a consistent winner.
It wasn’t until his late twenties
that he thought that he would try playing poker for
a living. He got up a small bankroll and went off to
Gardena, CA to play poker. Within a few hours he was
broke. He raised another bankroll and tried again and
once more, as he likes to say, “Those nice blue-haired
little old ladies took my money faster than a seasoned
pickpocket in a crowded subway.” Because of this
embarrassing failure Tim went on a quest for poker knowledge.
He bought and studied poker books written by poker masters,
most notably by Mike Caro and Doyle Brunson. He went
back to Gardena and for six months successfully made
his living solely from his earnings as a poker player.
Music, writing, and business interests
led Tim away from poker and he became just a recreational
player for many years. He still loved the game, it was
just that he loved other things more, so he pursued
Today Tim still loves the game and tries
to play as many WPT events as his busy schedule permits.
He now has read over fifty books on poker but says a
good portion of what he has learned has come from watching
his opponents. Some of the players he has played with
in WPT events are: Mike Caro, Johnny Chang, Jen Harman,
Amir Vahedi, Annie Duke, Daniel Negreanu, Allen Cunningham,
Alan Goehring, Phil Laak, Dan Harrington, Marcel Luske,
Kenna James, and T.J. Cloutier, just to name a few.
Tim credits playing along side of these world-class
players and watching the World Poker Tour on TV with
helping him to become the poker player he is today.
In 2005 Tim made the final table twelve
times in untelevised tournaments (three of which he
won), and was a World Poker Tour Finalist in Paris,
France. One of his main goals in life is to make the
world a better place for children. To that end he writes
his children’s books and donates a portion of
his poker winnings and book and CD sales to Childhelp,
USA, an organization that fights child abuse and neglect.
His books and CDs are available at: www.drhope.com