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Ship It Holla Ballas!: How a Bunch of 19-Year-Old College Dropouts Used the Internet to Become Poker's Loudest, Craziest, and Richest Crew Paperback – 15 Apr 2014
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"In "Ship It Holla Ballas!", Grotenstein and Reback share the lives and games of the incredibly young, ridiculously successful superstars of the Online Poker Era. The authors handle the fast pace, shadowy lives, and multiple players and locations with the skill and dexterity of Good2cu, Raptor, or durrrr 20-tabling."
--Michael Craig, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Professor, The Banker, and the Suicide King"
"The loud narcissism and adolescent degeneracy of these talented 'ballas' ain't pretty, but the testosterroneous world of high-stakes online poker in America before Black Friday, in all its doomed glory, steadily throbs in Grotenstein and Reback's swift prose."
--James McManus, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Positively Fifth Street
""An infectious tale, told with the speed of a rocket sled, "Ship It Holla Ballas!" puts us in with a gang of under-age poker geniuses as they turn Las Vegas on its ear, making off with the gelt as well as the girls." --Bruce Porter, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Blow"
About the Author
JONATHAN GROTENSTEIN is a former professional poker player and the author or co-author of eight books. His first book, "Poker: The Real Deal" (with Phil Gordon), remains one of the bestselling poker books of all-time.
STORMS REBACK is a former professional poker player and the co-author of two books, including "All In: The (Almost) Entirely True Story of the World Series of Poker" (with Jonathan Grotenstein).
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It’s an easy read with moments of excitement, but I’d much rather have spent my time reading Michael Lewis or Ben Mezrich.
Ship It Holla Ballas! profiles the meteoric rise (and partial fall) of a handful of young college students who found Internet poker in the midst of the Moneymaker Boom. The book covers how this poker crew went from broke college students to being millionaires in some cases. The book is a must read for any poker fan. The two main characters in the book are Raptor and Good2cu. Raptor is David Benefield and Good2cu is Andrew Robl. Benefield and Robl are the main characters covered in the book, but the book also profiles well-known pros Tom Dwan (Durrrr), Phil Galfond (OMGClayAiken), and Peter Jetten (Apathy).
Ship It Holla Ballas! is over three hundred pages, but it is so well written that it ends up being a very easy read. It is definitely a page turner. I highly recommend this book for any poker player or poker fan. If you are familiar with these pros and their online poker story, then you will definitely find this book to be a worthwhile and entertaining read.
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