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About the Author

Eric Raskin is no stranger to covering poker: He has been the editor-in-chief of ALL IN magazine and its website since 2005. Eric is also a contributor to countless magazines and websites, including, Playboy, ESPN The Magazine,, and When he's not writing or editing poker articles, the majority of his work focuses on boxing. He is a six-time Boxing Writers Association of America award winner.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining 21 May 2014
By Blair R. Rodman - Published on
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The modern poker boom was conceived in the late ‘90s with the advent of online poker, and was nourished by the invention of the hole-card cam, but the explosion came in 2003, when, after an unlikely series of events in the 2003 World Series of Poker main event, the poker world saw the birth of a bouncing baby Moneymaker. The game was never the same. Eric Raskin conducted extensive interviews with the prominent figures who witnessed the birth and put them together in this highly entertaining book.

I’ve been in the game for many years and know most of the interviewees, but I still learned a lot about that time that I didn’t know. If you love poker you’ll love this book!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Account of 2003 WSOP 4 Jun. 2014
By Storms Reback - Published on
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Yes, I am the co-author of a book billed as the definitive history of the World Series of Poker. No, I didn't know even half of the new, highly entertaining information dug up by Eric Raskin and presented here, as he went straight to the source: the players, TV execs, writers, and, of course, the star of the show Chris Moneymaker himself, who were on the frontlines as poker exploded. We all know the outcome of the 2003 WSOP Main Event, and yet, as you're reading this oral history, you're still on the edge of your seat, shaking your head in disbelief. One of Moneymaker's backers was named Gamble. Seriously?! It's these nuggets of newfound information about the most important event in the game's history that will keep you turning the page, racing to the end. Certain (poker) books will always be attached to a certain year at the WSOP. A. Alvarez's The Biggest Game in Town and 1981. Anthony's Holden's Big Deal and 1988 and 1989. James McManus' Positively Fifth Street and 2000. Add Raskin's The Moneymaker Effect and 2003 to the list.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting oral history of the tournament that fueled the poker boom 21 Aug. 2014
By Eddie Smith - Published on
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I am a product of the Moneymaker Effect in that I had never played poker either in a brick and mortar casino or online before the 2003 WSOP and ESPN began extensively showcasing poker. The book is a very fast read at just 227 pages not including a glossary of poker terms with which even beginning players are no doubt familiar.

The author interviewed 34 different sources for the book, ranging from big-name poker pros, to Norman Chad and Lon McEachern to ESPN executives to producers of 441 Productions to hole-card inventor Henry Orenstein. At times, I wished the book would not have focused so heavily on ESPN executives and 441 Productions producers, but it is still an entertaining read.

Each of the 12 chapters give a general overview of the topic being covered in that chapter, then go into brief transcripts of every person quoted in that particular chapter. Much of the information contained in the book is familar to anyone who has followed poker at all since Moneymaker's unlikely win, but there is some interesting info in the book. I did not realize that Sam Farha had spent the day prior to the Main Event final table playing in a marathon cash game and literally feel asleep at the table when the Main Event got down to three-handed. Farha said he had not slept in five days, and relied on 20 cups of coffee and 20 Red Bulls just to stay awake. In addition, Dan Harrington was so tired when the game was three-handed that he could not even figure out how many 25,000 chips he needed to total 75,000 in chips.

Farha, Dutch Boyd and Howard Lederer (kinda surprised me to see Lederer take part in the book, given the low-profile he has kept since the Full Tilt debacle) are especially harsh on the poker skills on Moneymaker, although Farha and Boyd note that while Moneymaker's poker play may have been middling to poor, Moneymaker himself is a stand up guy. Even 10 years later, Farha does still come across as a sore loser. Farha says in the book that before heads up began, he believed the only way he could lose to Moneymaker would be if Farha died at the table; he also states that he would have won if he was playing Harrington heads up because he would have taken Harrington's game more seriously than Moneymaker's.

For me, the other great part of the book was Phil Ivey talking about the insane hand that eliminated him from the 2003 Main Event. After the knockout, Ivey called Barry Greenstein and told him that he wouldn't believe the ridicuous hand that knocked him out of the ME; Greenstein's response was that he would have folded to Moneymaker's bet post flop. Ivey then drove 72 hours straight through from Las Vegas back home to New Jersey.

Lots of the information in the book in familar to poker fans and players, but this is still an enteraining read for the price. Who knew that Lon McEachern was actually working as a loan manager at a bank before landing the WSOP gig with ESPN or that Moneymaker once lost $60,000 in a single weekend betting sports prior to his Main Event win?
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for a poker player 8 Nov. 2015
By Furbina1 - Published on
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My husband really wanted this book, because he is a poker enthusiast. As soon as he received it, he devoured it. He found the book interesting and helpful in his pursuit to stay on top of all the poker strategy out there. I highly recommend this book for anyone that is an advanced poker player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 11 years goes by fast. This is a must read for any fan of poker! 25 Aug. 2014
By Mr. Versatility - Published on
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This was my first time reading an Oral History format book. I have to say it was a pleasure to read and the story comes together extremely well due to Raskin's narration and interview assembly. I picked up the book and headed to the beach thinking I would read a chapter or two. 2.5 hours later I finished the book. I couldn't put it down!

Having followed poker and the 2003 WSOP I found your book to be entertaining and insightful. It filled in all of the gaps that TV and traditional media missed. The style of Raskin's book was a pleasure to read an I'd imagine even more fun to write. I really like how Raskin interviewed not only the players but the supporting staff and friends.

If you're a fan of poker this is a MUST read. You will be highly entertained and almost definitely learn something new and interesting about the 2003 WSOP.

Awesome work! Thanks for the great read!
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