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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 . . . Hardcover – May 28, 2013
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“A breakneck retelling of how a bunch of closely knit fraternity brothers built an online poker empire. … Fast-paced and wild.” (Kirkus)
“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)
About the Author
Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. Since then 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.
Top Customer Reviews
The problem is, the actions of those same fratboys were criminal, even if only one of them (Brent Beckley) currently sits in prison, while the primary founder, Beckley's stepbrother Scott Tom, remains on the Caribbean island of Antigua rather than face the charges still pending against him. In "Straight Flush", Mezrich willingly recounts the fratboys' paper-thin lies while glorifying a decade or more of juvenile, sexist debauchery, punctuated by "amazonian" fantasies and re-imagined dialogue so horrific it could've come from an R-rated version of The Secret Lives of Dobie Gillis where all the women don't actually have names.
Mezrich's rapid discarding of any facts that don't fit his whitewashing of the AP tale represent the most horrid example of literary amorality to be published in recent years.Read more ›
ben is taking a lot of heat from the poker community for making scott tom and the main men behind absolute poker look as though they are some sort of heros who were wrongly persecuted by the DOJ. yes, online poker SHOULD be legal, very few people are going to read this book and disagree that if you want to gamble in the comfort of your own home, you should be able to. however, the DOJ as 100% justified in shutting down a company as shady as absolute poker, who stole MILLIONS from their customers, covered it up, and then couldn't pay out their own customers when the site was shut down because (surprise!) the owners (scott tom, et al) STOLE ALL THE MONEY! they took all the money out of the company coffers, and left the players with nothing.
ben mezrich wants you to believe the DOJ is the cause for players not being paid back when it's plain as day that all the $ was stolen and that scott tom is THE ONE AND ONLY cheater/stealer of the funds. but go ahead, waste your time, read this trite book full of lies and enjoy the 7th grade writing style of a man who has no ethics or morals whatsoever.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So after doing a bit of research, it seems to turn out that some of the things in the book are not actually real. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Gian Andrea
I have always been a fan of Ben Mezrich. I truly enjoy his writing style. He really knows how to pull you in like you're actually there watching the events unfold. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Greg Gierke
Too much descriptive action writing and not enough details on how they built itPublished 9 months ago by Campbell congdon
A good read. Mezrich tells the reader immediately that this story if written from the perspective of the Absolute Poker founders. Read morePublished 10 months ago by D J F
Very interesting. Hard to put down. Recommend highly! Keeps you on the edge of your seat! For everyone, not just gamblers!Published 11 months ago by Steven Wright
One of my favorites from Ben Mezrich! Follows the same format as busting vegas & the others, but this was actually a story I hadn't heard anything about before reading. Read morePublished 11 months ago by TSA_801
I love all of Ben's docu-novels.
If you are an internet junkie, career IT person, or just interested in a good documentary about one segment of online "gaming",... Read more
One of the worst books I have ever read. Felt like I was reading something written by an elementary school student with a penchant for gross exaggeration or outright fabrication of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael Fell