Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich
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 . . .

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The reportage takes on added significance given the fact that the college crew’s final cards have yet to be played. Fast-paced and wildly chaotic.
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From the New York Times bestselling 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? 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.

 

About Ben Mezrich

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Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. Since then he has published twelve books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies in twelve languages and became the basis for the Kevin Spacey movie 21. Mezrich has also published the national bestsellers Sex on the Moon, Ugly Americans, Rigged, and Busting Vegas. He lives in Boston.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by William Morrow. 307 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, Humor & Entertainment, History. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on May 22 2013

With each new book, Mr. Mezrich becomes increasingly adept at how to use his kid gloves. He is expert at making up conversations he did not hear...playing down the legal liabilities of characters who may have done a teeny bit of...law-bending...

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Publishers Weekly

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on Apr 29 2013

Readers curious about fast-living frat boys with questionable judgment will enjoy this debauched business saga.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by James Mcmanus on Jun 02 2013

Ben Mezrich...efficiently sketches the legal gray areas that poker sites occupied before and after Black Friday. He also exposes the hypocrisy of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act...

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Kirkus

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on May 13 2013

The reportage takes on added significance given the fact that the college crew’s final cards have yet to be played. Fast-paced and wildly chaotic.

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