Straight Flush: The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire--and How It All Came Crashing Down . . . (Paperback)

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Ben Mezrich is back to form with a new book about gambling culture and the crazy lifestyle that surrounds it. This time Ben introduces us to some non-Ivy League students who make it big by being the house instead of the gambler. Fun but also important since recent state laws could be paving the way for a resurgence of online poker.

— Justin, Atlanta

Description


The larger-than-life true tale of how a few frat brothers from Montana turned a weekly poker game in a dive bar into one of the most lucrative online companies in history

ased on extensive insider interviews, Ben Mezrich—bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House—chronicles the creation of AbsolutePoker.com, including the company's initial operations in the jungle paradise of Costa Rica where its founders lived an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money; and of the gray area of U.S. and international law in which they created an industry. Soon, the U. S. Department of Justice was gunning for them. . . . Should they fold—or double down and ride their hot hand? Impossible to put down, Straight Flush is an exclusive, never-before-seen look at one of the wildest business stories of the Internet age.

About the Author


Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. He has published twelve books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies in twelve languages and became the basis for the Kevin Spacey movie 21. Mezrich has also published the national bestsellers Sex on the Moon, Ugly Americans, Rigged, and Busting Vegas. He lives in Boston.

Praise For…


“The reigning cowboy of creative nonfiction.”
— The Oregonian

“A breakneck retelling of how a bunch of closely knit fraternity brothers built an online poker empire. … Fast-paced and wild.
— Kirkus Reviews

“A near-perfect specimen of pulp nonfiction.”
— New York Times

The action is nonstop. ... Mezrich follows [the] friends from their University of Montana frat house to Costa Rica and Canada as the young entrepreneurs’ extravagant lifestyle of booze, fast cars, and hot women spirals into death threats, auto accidents, 24-hour bodyguards, and federal indictments.”
— Booklist

“Engrossing. ... I can’t wait for the movie.”
— Boston Globe


Product Details
ISBN: 9780062240101
ISBN-10: 0062240102
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: May 20th, 2014
Pages: 304
Language: English