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I'm All in: High Stakes, Big Business, and the Birth of the World Poker Tour (Poker books) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2005
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In the poker world, Lyle Berman is known for a legendary 50-year career that has brought him three World Series of Poker championship bracelets, induction into Binion's Poker Hall of Fame, and millions of dollars in winnings. In the business world, Berman is known as the entrepreneurial mastermind behind several highly successful businesses, including Lakes Entertainment, Inc.-a billion dollar enterprise-and the World Poker Tour.
Marvin Karlins, Ph.D., is the author of 21 books, ranging in subject from fiction and time-management to gambling and psychology. Karlins served as the Senior Editor for Gambling Times magazine for ten years and has been interviewed for numerous print and television features on gambling and the gaming industry.
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If you enjoy reading about successful entrepreneurs, then this book should certainly find its way into your library. Having read all the books by the different personalities of Dragon Den, I sincerely believe that Lyle is also in the same category as those business geniuses.
Lyle started working for his father at an early age, with not much credentials to his name, yet through hard work, a sound business acumen and unstoppable enthusiasm, he rose to the very top of his game. He has proved himself in many different fields and I am sure he will continue to challenge himself for many years to come.
I managed to finish this captivating book within two nights and if you use this awesome book as a case study, then I have no doubt you too will be able to improve your own business and human interactions as an entrepreneur.
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Along the way he learned the art of the deal and the rush he got from that paralleled the rush he got from playing high-stakes poker. The two came together the first time when he became the outside agent who became the driving force that launched Indian Gaming. He accelerated gaming in Mississippi when he recognized that the need to be "offshore" on the Mississippi Gulf Coast did not necessarily mean on a boat, and he used barges to create bigger, glitzier, and more hypnotic casinos than would otherwise be possible.
The two "rushes" came together again when the timing was right to create the World Poker Tour. From concept to product to launch--The World Poker Tour came together in a series of meetings that at first made the probability of it going anywhere seem unlikely. But Lyle's connections and experience put the pieces together to launch a product in a niche market that was ready for something new. The details make for fascinating reading.
What also makes for fascinating reading is Berman's candor about what success costs. While he doesn't dwell on it, he does acknowledge that his drive for business success also laid the seeds of personal failure in his marriages and the impact it had on him and his children.
Armchair Interviews says: Well worth reading--especially for the person who is willing to read between the lines for life lessons that can be learned.
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