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Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker - James McManus
Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker
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In the spring of 2000, Harper's Magazine sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker, in particular the progress of women in the $23 million event, and the murder of Ted Binion, the tournament's prodigal host, purportedly done in by a stripper and her boyfriend. But when... show more
In the spring of 2000, Harper's Magazine sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker, in particular the progress of women in the $23 million event, and the murder of Ted Binion, the tournament's prodigal host, purportedly done in by a stripper and her boyfriend. But when McManus arrives, the lure of the tables compels him to risk his entire Harper's advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. This is his deliciously suspenseful account of the tournament--the players, the hand-to-hand combat, his own unlikely progress in it--and the delightfully seedy carnival atmosphere that surrounds it. Positively Fifth Street is a high-stakes adventure and a terrifying but often hilarious account of one man's effort to understand what Edward O. Wilson has called "Pleistocene exigencies"--the eros and logistics of our competitive instincts.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780312422523 (0312422520)
ASIN: 312422520
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
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Melody Murray's Books rated it
3.0 Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker
First of all, I have to say that I don't know how to play poker, so large swathes of this book went sailing over my head. It opens with a gory murder reenactment, also not something I fancy. Those two things notwithstanding, this was a solid and entertaining listen. I didn't like McManus' habit of r...
JasonKoivu
JasonKoivu rated it
4.0 Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker
Entertaining tale of how the author, with little experience, made it to the final table of the world series of poker. This was in the days prior to when the WSOP globally exploded in popularity. Sure, McManus was playing against a much smaller crowd, but that crowd swam in a pool absolutely teaming ...
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