- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Huntington Press Inc (US) (30 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935396560
- ISBN-13: 978-1935396567
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 21 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,291,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moneymaker Effect Paperback – 30 May 2014
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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 allinmag.com since 2005. Eric is also a contributor to countless magazines and websites, including Grantland.com, Playboy, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, and HBO.com. 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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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!
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?
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!