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Straight Flush [Kindle Edition]

Ben Mezrich
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Straight Flush is the true story of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local bar into one of the largest online poker companies in the world.



At its height, the group's online empire was bringing in revenues of over a million dollars a day. The industry they launched grew so huge so fast, and in such a grey area of US and international law, at first it was never really clear whether their actions were legal or criminal.



From setting up their operations in Costa Rica, to their efforts at building a veil of legitimacy in Vancouver; from embracing a hedonistic lifestyle of girls, drugs and money to becoming some of the richest people in the world; from engaging in operations against their competitors that sometimes escalated into near all-out wars to the legal battles that finally resulted in one of them heading to prison and another living life on the run – Straight Flush is an exclusive look behind the headlines of one of the biggest stories of the past decade.



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"Mezrich writes some of the most exciting non-fiction books I've ever read ... This is a fascinating tale ... Mezrich's huge strength as an author is that he manages to bring characters to life so quickly. Within a few chapters, everyone who he's writing about has been vividly described and I was desperate to find out what happened to each of them" (The Bookbag)

"Peppered with fast cars, cocktails, parties and beautiful women, this is an exhilarating ride." (Press Association, syndicated review)

"Ben Mezrich’s Straight Flush reads like a thriller and it rattles along at breakneck speed … It’s a well written book about an internet start up and how it all went wrong." (Irish Times)

"Mesmerizing" (Sorted magazine - 5 STARS)

"A pacy read" (Sunday Business Post)

Book Description

The New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House returns with the larger-than-life true tale of a group of hard-partying frat brothers who built a multi-billion-dollar on-line poker colossus – and what happened when the Feds shut down their operation, sending them on the run.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1408 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062240102
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CA88G4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ben Mezrich is the internationally best-selling author of The Ugly Americans, Busting Vegas, Rigged and Bringing Down the House:The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions; which was made into a film (21) starring Kevin Spacey. Ben Mezrich lives in Boston.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You should not buy this book. 17 Jun. 2013
Format:Hardcover
You should not buy this book.

Why? The author attempts to re-write history and dress up what was the biggest scandal in the online poker. This is not a non-fiction book. This is a book based on real people, with the facts changed to suit the story tellers, who just so happen to be the subjects of the book.

The real-life subjects of this book, Scott Tom, Oscar Hilt Tatum IV, Brent Beckley, Greg Pierson, et al systematically cheated the poker community out of millions of dollars. They devised spying software which allowed the Absolute Poker (AP) and Ultimatebet (UB) company executives to view their own customer's private hole cards, and proceeded to then mercilessly cheat these players in a game that the customers could never win.

Only when the evidence was irrefutable was any action taken, and the cheaters then went into overdrive to cover their tracks and minimise the refunds rightfully due back to the players. To this day, many players never received the hand histories, meaning a proper analysis has been impossible. It is likely that only a fraction of the cheated funds were returned to players, the rest were pocketed by these crooks.

However, our UB and AP chums saved the best for last. Player deposits, rather than being held in segregated accounts, were syphoned off into the owner's own bank accounts. When the US DoJ clamped down on US-facing poker rooms in 2011, reputable sites like PokerStars immediately paid their players back with funds safely held on deposit. UB/AP players got nothing, their money had already been spent by Tom et al, the everyday players losing every dollar deposited or won.

Ben Mezrich will have you believe these guys were rough diamonds, entrepreneurs beaten down by an oppressive US justice system. The reality is these guys were crooks, cheaters, liars, and thieves that would make the great train robbers look like apple scrumpers.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately nothing but lies. 7 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This should have been opening up to the masses what really happened behind the scenes during the biggest robbery in poker history, instead the author chose to go all Hollywood on the facts and try his best to get a movie deal out of a poor representation of the biggest scandal the dot com era has ever seen. Well written but you lost me the moment you tried to make the reader feel sorrow for criminals.

Criminals not because of the indictments but because they stole millions from poker players that trusted them, they are the victims in this, not these young men.

As someone who worked in this industry for many years, I'm actually completely disgusted with the author and his fiction being presented as non fiction.

Save you hard earned cash, I regretted this purchase before I finished the first chapter.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money, avoid 22 Jun. 2013
By GaryQQQ
Format:Hardcover
It's ludicrous that this book is being marketed as non-fiction.

Unfortunately it's just a PR exercise carried out on behalf of the subjects of the story. The reality is they are a unsavoury bunch of crooks who ruthlessly stole and cheated from millions innocent people from the safety of a third-world country. This book is merely a whitewash and should be considered fiction.

There are multiple easily found online resources that will tell prospective purchasers the real story behind Absolute Poker, something you will not find in this lame piece of work.

Avoid, shame on you Ben Mezrich.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Fiction and bad writing do not buy 5 Jun. 2013
Format:Hardcover
Hi, this book is factually incorrect, poorly written, and although Mr Mezrich has a reputation for books like this... this time he has out done himself.

The poker community is up in arms over the lies and misrepresentation in this book.

Please remember these guys were criminals that stole millions of dollars - and not some cool frat boy superstars.

Do please check out and read the 1* reviews on Amazon.com

Not sure I can list the brilliant flushdraw.com

feel free to buy many of the other poker books from amazon.co.uk - but don't give this guy your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mickey Mouse Book 18 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There is very little factual information in this book. It reads like some kind of film screenplay, and presumably with Mezrichs history, he's looking to make a film out of this. You could speed read this book in an afternoon.

This is aside from the fact there is no mention of the dodginess of the way they ran the business. But it is clear from the content that they were running the company by the seat of their pants, and barely in profit at any stage. No wonder the lavish lifestyle was funded by player funds, seems like the site barely broke even.

I wouldn't pay any more that £4-5 for this book. Very little meat in the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not gripping 8 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Worth a read to hear the story of online poker but Ben`s Vegas books are a lot better and hold your interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story 14 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love Ben's writing another great tale. Highly recommended if you liked the film 21 you'll love this it reads like a movie already
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