Fast paced with good historical content.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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Considering I read this in one day, I’d say it was a definitely a page-turner — mainly in a gawking at the accident on the side of the road kind of way. That became more difficult to get into. Was there ever a discussion with the founders about segregating player funds, from meztich funds?

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I met Pete in Phoenix, which is where he lives. It was a massive surprise to them.

If you want to blame Scott and Hilt then you would have to prove they were there at that time. He did not originally want to talk to me probably because of the whole 60 Minutes thing, and a lot of people had come after him and he was in Antigua and he was trying to figure out what he was going to do about the indictment and the government and all that kind of stuff.

Big Blind Ante Becomes the Standard. There could still be a book about the cheating scandal. He tells of a brother of one of the main characters coming to visit him. Scott, on the other hand, was terrified about his future because he had no idea what was going to happen.


This is from the point of view of the people who were there. Jul 06, Dave rated it it was ok. I was fascinated by it. Aug 04, Leo Walsh rated it liked it. In addition the pace of the writing was such that it moved at breakneck speed and never let up. There are IP logs, emails, and a lot more out there than the story you painted. Department From the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House —the sources for the films The Social Network and 21 —comes the larger-than-life true tale of a group of American college buddies who brilliantly built a billion-dollar online poker colossus based out of the hedonistic paradise of Costa Rica.

This one is not as strong a story as the others.

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Well thank you so much for your time, Ben. As a wo I really enjoyed this book, but Mezrich does what he does in every one of his books- he identifies too much with his subjects strajght obscures the realities to make them appear in a better light. No one talked about that but my book people did talk about. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Giving hen story 4 stars was tough because it was such a thrilling story but it just had a weak introduction.

This time she actually liked it despite herself. No other female in the entire book is mentioned without her “assets” being described in vivid detail even the guy’s wivesand very few of them are even fully clothed when we see strwight briefly never as important characters, only as throwaway bit characters; one-night-stand, prostitute, jealous girlfriend, obstinate wife, etc.


Should that have been in the book or not? May 07, Mark Ruzomberka rated it liked it.

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That’s pretty much the formula for all Mezrich books. Recomended to fans of Ben Mezrich or anyone interested in Poker and online entrepreneurship. 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.

Brent waivers back and forth when you talk to him.

Then there is the process of getting all the court documents. In poker, there’s a concept called a “bad beat.

I was far less interested in the trappings of instant wealth than I was in the details of how and why the business succeeded and failed, but my interests were the opposite of Mezrich’s. For the most part they feel like they have been fairly received.

Without having been a player back in those days myself, though, it wouldn’t have been so interesting. Movies need a villain. Preview — Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich. The big turning point of the book is the events of Black Friday.