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The Professor, The Banker And The Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of all Time Paperback – 3 Aug 2006

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (3 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446694975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446694971
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Craig includes enough details about the professionals to allow the reader insight into their gambler personalities. Having interviewed many of the participants in this legendary poker battle, he describes it with an appropriate sense of awe and readers

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* In the bestselling tradition of Bringing Down the House and Positively Fifth Street comes an insider's look at the high rolling world of poker and the richest game ever played

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Mellor on 21 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best gambling books I have ever read and is a true story. The story behind it is that in 2001, a stranger from Texas entered the high-stakes poker room in the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas and challenged the world's top poker pros to a series of heads up, high stakes cash games which in the end resulted in millions of dollars on the table. All the names are familiar from all the various poker shows on TV (except the stranger!)

The writer has obtained access to all the characters involved and gotten everyone's side of the story and re-constructed what happened over a period of challenges covering three years.

It is fascinating how the challenger, a very wealthy banker, won and lost millions of dollars and played, beat and also lost to many of the worlds top players. How he constantly tried to improve his game and pit his bankroll against the wits of the top pros. How he proved that even pros can be made to feel twitchy when they are re-raised into a multi million dollar pot

He certainly didn't do it for the money and appears he wanted to prove to himself that the pros could be broken.

The question is - what was the outcome?

For anyone interested in gambling stories, again, this is highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ath K. Nikolopoulos on 26 May 2011
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Great Story, very well written and with suspens til the very end!

It is a great insight in the world of poker, not the one we see in the TV shows that have gained great attendance lately, but the real world of "Hard Core" cash games.

It is wonderful to see how this world works, but above all it is the story of a man with determination to become competitive against the greatest players in the world, and how he did it!

there is no reason to run to the last pages of the book and see who finally won...

the journey is what matters, and what a journey this story describes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DangerMouse on 16 Feb. 2011
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A fantastic read, I could easily have read it cover to cover in a single session. Well written and entertaining if you like poker and haven`t read this yet you should!
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By Cian on 19 Aug. 2011
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Great read, highly recommend it. As a poker player that works in finance I couldn't put this down. Reckon a non-poker player would also love this as it uncovers a lot about the otherwise private world of high stakes. If you have been watching High Stakes, WSOP etc on TV you get a lot of extra insight into the relationship between the high stakes pros and their individual charachter. Best gambling book I've read since One of a Kind, bio of The Kid Stu Ungar (not sure of exact title)...
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By niklas32 on 7 Sept. 2012
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I am not a newcomer to the world of poker, and I am very satisfied with the way things are described! The writer has a great sense of the facts and pinpoints the important aspects of what should be noted! Still in page 80 though (slow reader)...
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By J on 6 Sept. 2011
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Michael Craig's book is a good one. The topic is very interesting and to book is easy to read. The fact that also top poker players are real gamblers at heart really shines through in this exciting story.
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