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Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of

Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of

Written by James McManus

Narrated by James McManus


Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of

Written by James McManus

Narrated by James McManus

ratings:
3/5 (190 ratings)
Length:
3 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Apr 1, 2003
ISBN:
9781593971151
Format:
Audiobook

Description

In the spring of 2000, Harper's magazine sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker.

But when McManus sets foot in town, the lure of the tables is too strong: he proceeds to risk 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 subtleties 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, and his own unlikely progress in it.

A Macmillan Audio production.

Publisher:
Released:
Apr 1, 2003
ISBN:
9781593971151
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

James McManus is a novelist and poet, most recently winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for sports journalism. He teaches writing and comparative literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, including a course on the literature and science of poker. He is the author of Positively Fifth Street.



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  • (4/5)
    Story of the 2001 WSOP, with a little murder/S&M, and a side of history of the game. The unlikely writer makes the final table. Great story.
  • (3/5)
    First of all, I have to say that I don't know how to play poker, so large swathes of this book went sailing over my head. It opens with a gory murder reenactment, also not something I fancy. Those two things notwithstanding, this was a solid and entertaining listen. I didn't like McManus' habit of referring to himself as "Good Jim" and "Bad Jim". Every time he did so I found myself rolling my eyes. It was quite a window into a totally foreign lifestyle. Enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    not at all interested in poker. so the 1/2 star is because he kept me reading/listening.
  • (2/5)
    This is a perfectly good book. I enjoyed the bits about Ted Binion's murder in the beginning, but lost interest when McManus began recounting his poker hands in excruciating detail.
  • (4/5)
    Non-fiction account of the author's trip into the World Series of Poker and subsequent Cinderella story into the final stages. Also covers (semi non-fiction) the murder / trial of Ted Binion, the guy credited with starting the World Series of Poker and the owner of Binion's Horseshoe Casino.
  • (3/5)
    I couldn't care less about the Ted Binion murder trial. I hate McManus's stupid mix of chattiness and "cleverness". I despise all his flawed analogies and mixed metaphors. I detest his sport writer prose (and the rest of it, too, come to think of it). I got tired of his continual comparing of Sandy Murphy to every woman he met. Give it a rest! It's not Clever! It's not Insightful! But I loved the chapters that discussed actual poker, actual hands. More, please.I admit, there were a few moments where I laughed out loud and it added a book to my Amazon wish list ("The biggest game in town", A. Alvarez)