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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... | [Ben Mezrich]

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...

Based on extensive insider interviews and participation, acclaimed author Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush tells the captivating rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into AbsolutePoker.com, one of the largest online companies in the world. But then the U.S. Department of Justice placed a bull's-eye on Absolute Poker. Did they fold - or double down and ride their hot hand?
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House - the sources for the films The Social Network and 21 - comes the larger-than-life true tale of a group of American college buddies who brilliantly built a billion-dollar online poker colossus based out of the hedonistic paradise of Costa Rica.

One problem: the U.S. Department of Justice was gunning for them....

Based on extensive insider interviews and participation, acclaimed author Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush tells the captivating rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into AbsolutePoker.com, one of the largest online companies in the world, on par with some of the behemoths of the Internet. At its height, Absolute Poker was an online empire earning more than a million dollars a day, following savvy business strategy and even better luck. Its founders set up their operations in the exotic jungle paradise of Costa Rica, embracing an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money.

Meanwhile, the gray area of U.S. and international law in which the company operated was becoming a lot more risky, and soon the U.S. Department of Justice had placed a bull's-eye on Absolute Poker. Should they fold - or double down and ride their hot hand? Straight Flush is an exclusive, never-before-seen look behind the headlines of one of the wildest business stories of the past decade.

©2013 Ben Mezrich (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Mark K. Anduss Washington, DC 01-29-14
    Mark K. Anduss Washington, DC 01-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Shatner?"
    What didn’t you like about Sean Pratt’s performance?

    There were moments where he seemed to be channeling William Shatner.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked the movie "Runner Runner" one of the storylines woven into it was Absolute Poker story that is told in more detail (and with less dramatic license) in Straight Flush.

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    Mrping Milwaukee, wi 11-07-13
    Mrping Milwaukee, wi 11-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story and a fun listen!"
    What did you love best about Straight Flush?

    I loved the feeling I got listening to the story and trying to capture how the characters felt in different situations.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The story from rags to riches to rags...all though not exactly. But I liked how the story evolved and it was fun to hear about how a few guys with an idea made a profitable business.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    High stakes, high flying, pure enjoyment!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 08-08-13
    Trish Virginia 08-08-13 Member Since 2005

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Who knew??"

    What an interesting behind-the-scenes peek into the Online Poker world! I had no idea what was, or is, really going on!

    This is my third book by this author, and I have enjoyed all three. They are well researched, extremely well written, and this one is also narrated very well. I feel like I still have an unanswered question after finishing, but it is only a minor detraction from an otherwise very good story.

    I do recommend this audiobook--I felt it was definitely worth the time and credit spent!!

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    Bryan Bourbonnais, IL, United States 06-05-13
    Bryan Bourbonnais, IL, United States 06-05-13
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    "Im not sure I believe this the whole story"
    Would you try another book from Ben Mezrich and/or Sean Pratt?

    I have read other Ben Mezrich's books, and I enjoy them. I don't think I would listen to another Sean Pratt book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have liked the book to go deeper into the cheating scandals, and how/ why/ when the company opted not to separate player money from the operating funds of the company. This book only gives part of a chapter to the UB cheating scandal. It would have been much better to understand what the AP brass found out about who was cheating, when and why.

    The book seemed to be more focused on the the parties, drugs, and girls, less on how the Absolute Bet company was built.


    What didn’t you like about Sean Pratt’s performance?

    Just didn't care for the tone, and pace of the read.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Ben Mezrich’s life?

    umm.... This isn't a biography of Ben Mezirch. Not sure what do say here.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to see Ben do a follow up on the Full Tilt Poker/ Pokerstars stories, and focus on how all three of these companies came up in the business.

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 06-02-13
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2002
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    "they even tried to do it the right way"

    Another fast moving, feels like you are there, story from Ben Mezrich. The usual themes: young folks with a laser focus on bringing home the brass ring. Great narration too.

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