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The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time Paperback – June 5, 2006
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'Craig includes enough details about the professionals to allow the reader insight into their gambler personalities. Having interviewed many of the participants in this legendary poker battle, he describes it with an appropriate sense of awe and readers
About the Author
Michael Craig, a long time gambler and poker player, has published two business books for small presses and has written for Penthouse, The American Spectator and Cigar Aficionado. He has visited Las Vegas over 100 times and has been collecting gambling stories for over two decades.
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Perhaps more revealing of the compulsion to gamble and take risks than compelling as a story, this reads like a train wreck about to occur at any moment. If this really went as protrayed than a group of the most successful poker players in the world risked their entire cumulative bankrolls on the turn of very few cards and exposed themselves to extraordinary risk where the different turn of just a few cards may have broke them all.
I find my self somewhat incredulous that people this successful in their field would take such risks, knowing how little "edge" they had in a short session. The author makes Andy Beal seem like the only sane person in the book. Hopefully there is more to the story and the pro players have benefited greatly from the risks they took through increased "action" from other high rollers, if not this is truly a documentation of a serious pathology on the part of what are undoubtedly the worlds greatest players.
This book causes some serious reflection and makes a game I truly love appear to draw out very unhealthy behavior from even its top practitioners. I hope there is far more to the story, otherwise I should probably rethink my aspirations in this field.