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...

by Ben Mezrich

On Sale: 05/28/2013

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...

by Ben Mezrich

On Sale: 05/28/2013

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About the Book

From Ben Mezrich, the New York Times bestselling author of Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House—the sources for the films The Social Network and 21—comes the captivating tale of a group of college buddies 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 the behemoths of the Internet. At its height, Absolute Poker was an online empire earning more than a million dollars a day. 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 riskier, 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.

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Critical Praise

“The reigning cowboy of creative nonfiction.” - The Oregonian

“A breakneck retelling of how a bunch of closely knit fraternity brothers built an online poker empire. … Fast-paced and wild.” - Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary

“A near-perfect specimen of pulp nonfiction.” - New York Times

The action is nonstop. ... Mezrich follows [the] friends from their University of Montana frat house to Costa Rica and Canada as the young entrepreneurs’ extravagant lifestyle of booze, fast cars, and hot women spirals into death threats, auto accidents, 24-hour bodyguards, and federal indictments.” - Booklist

“Engrossing. ... I can’t wait for the movie.” - Boston Globe

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062253675
  • ISBN 10: 0062253670
  • Imprint: HarperLuxe
  • On Sale: 05/28/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:34.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : GAMES / Card Games / Poker
  • BISAC2 : COMPUTERS / Programming / Games
  • BISAC3 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General

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