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The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death Kindle Edition
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2014: Every year, thousands of card players converge in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, all hauling varying levels of hope and skill with them into the southern Nevada desert. As a regular in a neighborhood game, Colson Whitehead didn’t harbor that kind of ambition—until Grantland.com staked him $10,000 for a seat at the WSOP. Whitehead goes all-in with a Rocky IV-worthy regimen, hiring a personal trainer to prepare himself for the long, grueling table hours and a tournament-hardened coach to navigate the mysteries of Texas Hold’em. When he arrives at the tournament, he navigates using a set of laws essential to any aspiring card sharp: which casino restaurants provide poker-appropriate nutrition; how to hit the bathrooms ahead of the mad rushes of the game breaks; and, of course, the necromancy of a successful Hold’em hand. With its cast of poker-universe luminaries and aspiring misfits, the tournament stuff is fun, especially to this gambling rube. But Vegas is Vegas, and between the notes of the Wheel of Fortune slot machines, one can hear the suck of entropy. Whitehead--whose previous books landed him on the short-list for the Pulitzer, as well as a MacArthur "Genius" grant--has the wry sense of humor to observe the twisted reality of the “Leisure Industrial Complex” without mocking it; he’s the kind of writer who can see the human condition reflected in the windows of a failed Vegas market that sells only beef jerky (and other jerky-like products). Buy the ticket, take the ride.--Jon Foro--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- Publication Date : May 6, 2014
- File Size : 2151 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 258 pages
- Publisher : Anchor (May 6, 2014)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0385537050
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00GL3OJQQ
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #584,208 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I wish there had been a little more on the poker coaching at the beginning and a little less about his younger self going to Vegas somewhere around the book's middle - that just seemed like filler. Did I get a sense of what the WSOP Main Event is like? Yes, I think so. It lacked certain Texas Hold'em details I was hoping for, but oh well.
All in all, I was pleased with The Noble Hustle. Will you be? It's hard to say...
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PS: If you have any interest in zombies, read his book ZONE ONE, the most intelligent, scary, gripping book ever written about the undead!
Will recommend to anyone as a gift or for your own
Well, write about it he does, in a rambling, self indulgent style that tries to be clever but winds up being a pretentious bore. In a total of 235 pages, he doesn`t get around to playing in the tournament until page 177. The rest is taken up in describing his trips to Atlantic City to practice casino Texas Hold`em. which was really not the supposed point of the book.
For those who watch the Series on TV every year, there are some interesting facts and observations; too bad they couldn`t have been written in a straightforward manner.
Pass on this one.