Fast paced with good historical content.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. 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. 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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I don’t know why I finished this book–I guess it was thrilling enough to make me want to hear the ending. Next see it unravel w Mezrich delivers on his typical formula. Trust me, they always go get the money.
Book review: Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich – The Boston Globe
What it straigh in the book is this: While this book has been called a work of “faction”, the story he wrote is an engaging one.
Not as good as his previous Bringing Down the House, but worth reading at the beach this summer. Instead, a judge decided to make an example out of him.
So somewhere in there the plane crash happened.
It was very shady. He was able to do this using an old piece of software that was there from the beginning. They had no control over what I was going to write. Most people feel that way. For him it was fljsh, it was crazy, and it was an opportunity.
This is a “dramatic narrative” account of straihgt rise and fall of an online poker website, which went from a frat-house dream to a billion-dollar company to the subject of indictments and seizures by the Feds.
For instance, were the bill delayed by a couple months and the planned IPO for Absolute Poker went forward, the frat boys would be billionaires. As an author you have to make a choice as to what kind of author you want to be — someone who spends his career writing a book, or will you finish it in a civilized amount of time?
There are IP logs, emails, and a lot more out there than the story you painted. Department of Justice eyeroll. The brother is a 19 year old returned LDS missionary who has served his year long mission. Its founders set up their operations in the exotic jungle paradise of Costa Rica, embracing an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money. Straight Flush charts the rise and rise of the online poker gaming industry, and how a bunch of frat boys developed a multi billion dollar business during the dot com boom.
When you met with the guys, they were all very nice and were really smart.
The Inside Story of Six M. That is a lot of cash. This had led them to become the founders of Absolutepoker. If the anger is aimed at the Kahnawake then I understand.
‘Straight Flush’ by Ben Mezrich
There is mezrcih business in the world other than IBM that has enough money to pay its debts. I wrote a book called Busting Vegas where there was money on a plane.
For the most part they feel like they have been fairly received. I liked it and thought it fit with what I typically write.
Should that have been in the book or not? While so many, upon first exposure to poker, online or otherwise, wanted Another Mezrich hit!
So I would guess that they would turn Scott into a villain, but then again I think that is what Runner Runner is. Unfortunately, Etraight no fan of “faction” like this. Mezrich has a gift for finding these amazing stories, and then failing terribly at telling them. But then after he was more resolved about it. I thought that was really cool.
I really enjoyed this book, but Mezrich does what he does in every one of his books- he identifies too much with his subjects and obscures the realities to make them appear in a better light. There are two sides to Scott, I think. Top 10 Stories of4: Can you expand on that? Each time a book comes out there will be a certain set of journalists who will angrily write about it, while others will love it.
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Pretty much a non-stop party, but in a nauseating way. I place blame solely on the government for not regulating the industry. This is from the point of view of the people who were there. I was surprised at my reaction to their being brought down by our government after doing absolutely nothing illegal until 2 congressmen attached an illegal gambling rider to a powerful port protection bill?????
Just unbelievable how this particular off-shore gambling site was born. Are they sitting on piles of cash? I was skimming through it for background information.
One complaint I did have was that many of the “Frat Brothers” seemed to blend together, and didn’t really have enough of their own identities or character development. In poker, there’s a concept called a “bad beat. The book was adapted into the movie The Social Network —written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher — and was 1 at the box office for two weeks, won Golden Globes for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best score, and was nominated for 8 Oscars, winning 3 including best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.
What Scott was doing was hiring lawyers to free himself from an indictment.