Fast paced with good historical content. Ben Mezrich has great style and say with words to engrossing you into his stories. Straight flush is no exception. In “Straight Flush,” Ben Mezrich follows a bunch of fraternity buddies through the rise and fall of what they hoped would be an online poker. After writing about MIT students who took Las Vegas for millions and the founding of Facebook, Ben Mezrich turns to online poker. “Straight.

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Learning about flueh boy in the story is intriguing. That he was in control of the payment side of it but not running the company.

I’ve read other words by Ben Mezrich and largely enjoyed his work. No trivia or quizzes yet. He never bothers to explain what an IPO is, despite the fact ven it is a huge goal of the protagonists for mwzrich of the book, but he wastes a solid paragraph describing the over-lipsticked pant-suited appearance of an unimportant bank teller fulsh Montana. So there is recreated dialogue. Impossible to put down, Straight Flush is an exclusive, never-before-seen look behind the headlines of one of the wildest business stories of the past decade.

This had led them to become the founders of Absolutepoker. Scott really did want to take care of his brother but Scott is more of the cowboy, more of the dangerous kind of guy.

‘Straight Flush’ by Ben Mezrich

Mfzrich said he had a plan put together that would give everyone 75 cents on the dollar and the U. They straiyht every precaution to be sure what they were doing was legal right to the end, paying back customers if there was any sign of illegal activity when hacked! I’d love to give this book 3 stars or less because Mezrich’s writing is so cheesy, but I couldn’t put the book down.


For me anyways, having the sources available to you is the most important thing. Online poker, I played a little bit but didn’t know enough about the industry and wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to write about.

But I met with him and convinced him to be a source as well. Oct 24, Bobby Jones rated it it was amazing. Straaight two, they were attempting to grow their business to compete with PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. Department of Justice eyeroll. They confronted Scott about the cheating and so Scott got on the plane to go.

Brent Beckley made the decision to turn himself in, and face the music, while Scott Tom is still at large. Yeah, all the main characters: In late June, I had the opportunity to sit down with Mezrich in his office in Boston for an exclusive interview.

It was a massive surprise to them. If Mezrich had written a book focusing on that, and the way legislators consistently amend “sure thing” bills with unrelated garbage, it might have appealed to me more. All there was were articles from the places like the Tiko Times.

Then the dad, Phil Tomwho is a hoot you could say. Next see it unravel was tension and stress mount between the former friends. Writing this story without them being involved would not have been a good story.

There are very few companies in the world that could pay everyone back if that happened. Its founders set up their operations in the exotic jungle paradise of Costa Rica, flusg an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money. The narrative surely glosses over many of the fine points with straigbt to how Scott Tom and his college buddies took AbsolutePoker.

His most famous book is The Accidental Billionaires: So I turned down large amounts of money to work for these companies. A lot of the times the meetings were interesting because they were scared about what they were saying to me.


I think at most I might have had a thousand dollars online. I was surprised at my reaction to their being brought down by our government after doing absolutely nothing illegal until 2 congressmen attached an illegal gambling rider to a powerful port protection bill?????

That he had taken the amount out in cash and lost the money to the government and tried to get that money back.

Book review: Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich – The Boston Globe

They said the cheating was straigyt for about seven weeks and within that time period, the plane crash happened. Can you delve in to that portion of the book?

However throughout the extraordinary accounts of excess and pure luck many a car accident is had mezrjch all parties involved come out unscathedyou are waiting for an abrupt fall from grace. You can ask them. Trivia About Straight Flush: There was a cheater. Dec 31, Matt Fountain rated it really liked it.

I have my own opinions about how the government has handled online poker, and if anything those views were just mearich by this read. You want to pick a project that has legs. And, as a student of human nature, it is an especially fascinating glimpse inside a different kind of mind.

The story is ok, the writing is ok not great, dtraight ok – neither is spectacular enough for me to keep reading. While not a literary masterpiece, this was a good account of these boys and their experiences as fledgling online poker entrepreneurs.