This is really 2 books. One about the author's participation in the poker tournament. The other is basically an all-out personal attack, backed by circumstantial evidence, against the folks suspected of murdering Ted Binion. I enjoyed the former, not so much with the latter.
Having been recently introduced to the intriguing game of poker I was very much interested in this story of sex, murder, greed, and how the author would weave them into the tale and explore the WSOP at the same time. The book is well written however, the author's narration is labored and impassionate. He seems uninterested in the details and the excitement of his own story. This would make a better read than an audio book.
The book starts with nothing to do with poker and everything to do with greed, sex, and murder. McManus dances between the Vegas murder mystery of Ted Binion and his own trials at the 2000 World Series of Poker. Great book. Time melts away with books like this.
What a great story. I ended up listening to the entire thing without stopping because it was so exiting. You will be kept in suspense the entire time by the author's crazy ride in the world series of poker while a bloody las vegas murder is uncovered. I think once you start you won't stop.
I write my reviews under my wife Karen's account. Retired USN Russian linguist/analyst; actor; director; producer. Biography & History focus
I thoroughly enjoyed this look at the WSOP (World Series of Poker) and the author. Risk and its consequences is played out on the green felt of Binion's Casino and the author's psyche, family and business. A quite intriguing, humorous and educational journey past the flop, to the turn, and ultimately Fifth St. Recommend the listen.
McManus interweaves his personal experience with some history of the World Series of Poker and the Binion family who created it. A great read for poker fans.
The behavior of poker players and the inside information about how they play the game with each other seems to me as interesting as magic or wizardry. I looked forward to this book, but did not make it past the first fifteen minutes comprised of a brutal and detailed description of murder in progress. The information was simply more than I wanted to know, and I folded on this recording before the flop.