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Rough sex, black magic, murder, and the science--and eros--of gambling meet in the ultimate book about Las Vegas
James McManus was sent to Las Vegas by "Harper"'s to cover the World Series of Poker in 2000, especially the mushrooming progress of women in the $23 million event, and the murder of Ted Binion, the tournament's prodigal host, purportedly done in by a stripper and her boyfriend with a technique so outre it took a Manhattan pathologist to identify it. Whether a jury would convict the attractive young couple was another story altogether.
McManus risks his entire "Harper"'s advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. Only with actual table experience, he tells his skeptical wife, can he capture the hair-raising brand of poker that determines the world champion. The heart of the book is his deliciously suspenseful account of the tournament itself--the players, the hand-to-hand combat, and his own unlikely progress in it.
Written in the tradition of "The Gambler "and "The Biggest Game in Town, Positively Fifth Street" is a high-stakes adventure, a penetrating study of America's card game, and a terrifying but often hilarious account of one man's effort to understand what Edward O. Wilson has called "Pleistocene exigencies"--the eros and logistics of our primary competitive instincts.
Title: POSITIVELY FIFTH STREET Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux: 2003
ISBN Number: 0374236488
ISBN Number 13: 9780374236489
Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket
Weight: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 24058
Description: Very Good Hardcover in Very Good DJ with light edge wear, no tears or chips. No marks or writing. First Edition, First Printing. Original price on DJ flap. Scan shows actual copy. ; 422 pages
Keywords: World Series Of Poker,