By Jonathan Grotenstein, Storms Reback
All In is the tale of the best match within the world—the global sequence of Poker. it all started in 1970 as an insignificant amassing of Texas highway gamblers who rendezvoused at Binion's Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas every one spring. this day it has develop into a cultural phenomenon, attracting exhaustive nationwide tv insurance, legions of lovers, and millions of avid gamers, from mythical pros to amateurs with little adventure outdoor in their domestic video games. And with solid cause. The prize funds for the 2005 event was once greater than the handbags of the Masters, the Kentucky Derby, and Wimbledon combined.
specialist poker gamers themselves, authors Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback mix interviews, firsthand debts, and large archival study right into a entire and hugely exciting examine this tremendously special adventure, recounting its historical past in the course of the breathtaking and infrequently brutal arms performed on the Horseshoe's tables. They introduce colourful and possible fearless characters who, over the tournament's thirty-five-year heritage, were lured by way of large paydays—and the opportunity to play opposed to the easiest on the planet, together with the legends:
· Veteran highway gamblers like Doyle Brunson and Amarillo narrow, whose good fortune on the tables helped push poker into the nationwide spotlight
· The afflicted poker savant Stuey "The Kid" Ungar, who could eclipse his not going debut on the global sequence with a good extra unbelievable comeback
· and so forth like "Poker Brat" Phil Hellmuth, who proved that you just didn't must be previous or from Texas to grasp the sport, and Chris Moneymaker, the fellow with the very unlikely identify who parlayed $40 into $2.5 million
All In is a no-limit examine the outstanding transformation of poker from a vice hidden in shady again rooms into the most popular online game on this planet. the place a few of the global Series's basic charms were misplaced, they've been changed through a sophisticated human drama, large in scope, the place good fortune and ability forge a thrilling and unpredictable intersection. easily positioned, there's not anything else love it within the world.
"If my outdated good friend Benny Binion have been nonetheless with us, he'd rainy his britches on the grounds that his little exposure stunt in 1970 among a couple of Texans grew to become a match with over $25 million in prize funds. If you've ever performed a hand of Texas Hold'em, you won't are looking to leave out this book."
—Amarillo narrow Preston, 1972 international sequence of Poker champion and writer of Amarillo slender in an international choked with fats People
"Reading this ebook is like having Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Amarillo narrow, and each unmarried one of many international sequence of Poker champions over to the home for dinner, a lager, tall stories, and a superb video game of No restrict Texas Hold'em."
— Phil Gordon, coauthor of Poker: the true Deal and cohost of Celebrity Poker Showdown
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All In: The (Almost) Entirely True Story of the World Series of Poker by Jonathan Grotenstein, Storms Reback