A good read on Poker

Monday, November 24, 2008 - 8:49 pm
By Colin

Positively Fifth Street by James McManus.

James McManus recounts his trip to the 2000 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, where he was only supposed to cover the event (and a related kinky murder trial) for Harper’s Magazine.

Instead, without telling his editor, he decides to also enter the contest, and makes it to the final table!

I don’t play poker. Never could be bothered to learn, and I wouldn’t have picked up a book on any kind of card game, if it hadn’t been handed to me. But after reading this, I’m quite tempted to give poker a try.  McManus has explained the game so well, conveys the excitement so viscerally, that I want to be in that game too. Even for those of us who can’t tell a royal flush from a full house, McManus takes us all along and teaches it to us.   And he’s funny, and he knows drama.

The murder, eh. It’s just there to remind you how junky Las Vegas really is, in case you get swallowed in by all the genius, high quality, card and poker face strategy.

Kind of makes me want subscribe to Harper’s too.  Looks like they’ve got some fun-loving, gutsy editors, who seem to know just who to ask to write what, and just how much advance to give him to get his juices going.

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