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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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From Publishers Weekly
The "professor" is Howard Lederer, a professional poker player whose rigorous analytical approach to the game earned him his nickname. The banker is Andy Beal, a multimillionaire obsessed with beating the world's best poker players at their game, limit Texas hold 'em, played for stratospheric stakes. The suicide king, a symbol of the aleatory nature of the endeavor, is the king of hearts, who holds his broadsword behind his head. It's a great mix, and Craig (The 5 Minute Investor) offers a knowledgeable and observant chronicle of the high-stakes games between Beal and the syndicate of professional players organized by the "Babe Ruth of poker," Doyle Brunson. The syndicate put up $10,000,000 to sit opposite Beal, trading $100,000 bets. Beal, for his part, took a mathematical approach, at one point running millions of computer simulations of various poker problems, in search of an edge against the pros, who rely on an uncanny intuition honed by thousands of hands. Craig includes enough details about the professionals to allow readers 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 will be awed as well.
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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
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The story is incredibly detailed and I wish that the author, attorney Michael Craig, had explained his access to the game and the players in greater detail. That, in and of itself, is a pretty amazing aspect of this book: you are apparently reading a nearly eye-witness account to more than a year's worth of poker. And, by and large, Craig does a fine job of reporting--at times his narration drives you forward to read well past when you should have turned out the lights for the evening. But it is also an incredibly dry read at times: there is almost no use of quotes or dialog and I think that explains the very few bad reviews you'll find on Amazon. While Craig is a very gifted detail person and explains poker in great depth and does it very well, I'm an author myself (of more than 25 books) and I'm not at all sure why he chose this dry, dry style for telling the story. It's not that this isn't a page turner, it surely is, but at times I longed to hear someone other than the writer speak! (Maybe it's because he's a lawyer and likes to hear himself talk!) No interviews, per se, almost no dialog, little background color and only his relentless voice telling the story. Fortunately, it's the voice of an extremely intelligent person and a good reporter with a gift for storytelling. It's also a pretty serious story and at times I was kind of hoping a cocktail waitress would drop a drink in someone's lap.
Still, the book works and a lot of the time, it's just absolutely engrossing. If you put the time into this book you'll be glad you did. If you're a poker fan (I can barely live a day of my life without thinking about or playing poker--a hobby since I was a kid), then you almost have to read this book. To not read this book you'll be missing what is, no question, the greatest insider's look (and a long, extended look) into what is without doubt the biggest game of all time (actually a series of games). This is not a book about tournament poker (though it's talked about at length, as background to the events), nor is it just a biography of Mr. Beal (though it is certainly that--and makes you wish there was another book that was just his bio), it is a book about a very real cash game where, without exaggeration, many hands were played for millions of dollars--cash.
It is a fascinating read, it is worth your time and if you're a poker fan, this is an incredible, if somewhat dry, read. One of the best sports books ever written. Oh, and one thing, whether you're male or female, you'll learn to admire Jennifer Harmon as a true hero in life--and she is all of that: there should be a picture of her in the dictionary under the word "courage."
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.