22 May In “Straight Flush,” Ben Mezrich follows a bunch of fraternity buddies through the rise and fall of what they hoped would be an online poker. Fast paced with good historical content. Ben Mezrich has great style and say with words to engrossing you into his stories. Straight flush is no exception. 11 Jun After writing about MIT students who took Las Vegas for millions and the founding of Facebook, Ben Mezrich turns to online poker. “Straight.

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But I get the nagging suspicion that there was a lot more story the author was trying to tell. Would I have done what they did? I was thrilled they wanted to be so open and tell the story. Also by Ben Mezrich. So no I would not have done what these guys did. It is all in the book.

With everything I write, it could take 10 years or six months to write the book. It was very shady. There were the court documents as well.

I place blame solely on the government for not regulating the industry. They were very open. Then the dad, Phil Tomwho is a hoot you could say. See the newest novels, discuss with other book lovers, buy romance books online.

Book review: Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich – The Boston Globe

The problem I had with the book flussh simply that it read more like a novella to me or a really long magazine article. Scott was pretty clear on how he felt about things. I get that call a lot. From there you can navigate to the title you are interested in. Apr 10, Scott rated it did not like it.


Instead, a judge decided to make an example out of him.

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Harper Collins Publishers,pages. Then when he got sentenced he was very upset. I think Brent was upset and very frustrated that he was the fall guy. You could ask those guys and they would give the same answers. Bookshout App We have partnered with Bookshout and recommend using their app as a simple way to read our e-books.

That he was in control of the payment side of it but not running the company. No doubt, a hard-right Mszrich congressperson slipping the anti-poker legislation into an anti-terror bill is shadier by a few degrees since it’s manipulative: The author does a g I’ve read other words by Ben Mezrich and largely enjoyed his work.

I would much rather write a book when the people involved are willing participants than when they are not. Department of Justice was gunning for them.

Then the plane crashes. They took every precaution to be sure what they were doing was legal right to the end, paying back customers if there was any sign of illegal activity when hacked! It was fun to reminisce about sites, bonuses, ideas, and games long gone. Harper Perennial literary fiction and nonfiction.

Scott, on the other hand, was terrified about his future because he had no idea what was going to happen.


Mezrich has a gift for finding these amazing stories, and then failing terribly at telling them. At its height, Absolute Poker was an online empire earning more than a million dollars a day, following savvy business strategy and even better luck. Bad username or password Sign in.

‘Straight Flush’ by Ben Mezrich

Busting Vegas meets Accidental Billionaires. Do they have a house full of money somewhere? I think, personally, I agree with him. In some ways it seems like Ben Mezrich could have delayed the first chapter to the last chapter. Instead, one’s in prison and the others exiled to islands in the Carribean. He just wanted it to be done.

Five y In poker, there’s a concept called a “bad beat. Mezrich follows his formula from previous books pretty closely here. Their willingness to talk about drugs and prostitutes was surprising to me. I’m embarrassed to admit that I was literally one-third of the way through this book before I realized that it wasn’t the book I thought it was: I lost it all.

Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich – Penguin Books Australia

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. As if he wants that life for himself, and is also repelled by it.

So they were putting almost all of their money directly into marketing and advertising.