FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Straight Flush has been added to your Basket

Dispatch to:
To see addresses, please
Or
Please enter a valid UK postcode.
Or
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Expedited shipping available on this book. Book has been read but is in excellent condition. No missing or damaged pages. Maybe some identifying marks on the inside cover. Quality guaranteed from the largest seller of used books online.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Straight Flush Paperback – 22 May 2014

3.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

See all 22 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£8.99
£3.95 £0.56
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more

Man Booker International Prize 2017
A Horse Walks Into a Bar has won the Man Booker International Prize 2017. Learn more
£8.99 FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special offers and product promotions


Frequently bought together

  • Straight Flush
  • +
  • Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs and the Greatest Wealth in History
  • +
  • Bringing Down the House: How Six Students Took Vegas for Millions
Total price: £26.97
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (22 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099559145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099559146
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Review

"Mezrich writes some of the most exciting non-fiction books I've ever read ... This is a fascinating tale ... Mezrich's huge strength as an author is that he manages to bring characters to life so quickly. Within a few chapters, everyone who he's writing about has been vividly described and I was desperate to find out what happened to each of them" (The Bookbag)

"Peppered with fast cars, cocktails, parties and beautiful women, this is an exhilarating ride." (Press Association, syndicated review)

"Ben Mezrich’s Straight Flush reads like a thriller and it rattles along at breakneck speed … It’s a well written book about an internet start up and how it all went wrong." (Irish Times)

"Mesmerizing" (Sorted magazine - 5 STARS)

"A pacy read" (Sunday Business Post)

Book Description

The New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House returns with the larger-than-life true tale of a group of hard-partying frat brothers who built a multi-billion-dollar on-line poker colossus – and what happened when the Feds shut down their operation, sending them on the run.

See all Product description

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Like all of Ben Mezrich's books they are written in a style that's easy to get into and moves at a good pace.

But just found the story a bit boring, didn't really find myself caring what happened to the characters. In these sorts of stories I always find the struggle to make it big the most interesting part.

But first 25% of the book introducing the characters. Next 25% of the book they've got someone else to build the site and they're taking in tens of thousands a day.

The stories about wild parties and women are entertaining but ultimately nothing you haven't heard before and didn't really have any shock factor for me. Would rather it more focused on the business journey.

Definitely worth buying if you have a long plane/train journey and want a quick bit of entertainment.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
90%
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This should have been opening up to the masses what really happened behind the scenes during the biggest robbery in poker history, instead the author chose to go all Hollywood on the facts and try his best to get a movie deal out of a poor representation of the biggest scandal the dot com era has ever seen. Well written but you lost me the moment you tried to make the reader feel sorrow for criminals.

Criminals not because of the indictments but because they stole millions from poker players that trusted them, they are the victims in this, not these young men.

As someone who worked in this industry for many years, I'm actually completely disgusted with the author and his fiction being presented as non fiction.

Save you hard earned cash, I regretted this purchase before I finished the first chapter.
Comment 18 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Amazing book. I truly enjoyed this story.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
It's ludicrous that this book is being marketed as non-fiction.

Unfortunately it's just a PR exercise carried out on behalf of the subjects of the story. The reality is they are a unsavoury bunch of crooks who ruthlessly stole and cheated from millions innocent people from the safety of a third-world country. This book is merely a whitewash and should be considered fiction.

There are multiple easily found online resources that will tell prospective purchasers the real story behind Absolute Poker, something you will not find in this lame piece of work.

Avoid, shame on you Ben Mezrich.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
You should not buy this book.

Why? The author attempts to re-write history and dress up what was the biggest scandal in the online poker. This is not a non-fiction book. This is a book based on real people, with the facts changed to suit the story tellers, who just so happen to be the subjects of the book.

The real-life subjects of this book, Scott Tom, Oscar Hilt Tatum IV, Brent Beckley, Greg Pierson, et al systematically cheated the poker community out of millions of dollars. They devised spying software which allowed the Absolute Poker (AP) and Ultimatebet (UB) company executives to view their own customer's private hole cards, and proceeded to then mercilessly cheat these players in a game that the customers could never win.

Only when the evidence was irrefutable was any action taken, and the cheaters then went into overdrive to cover their tracks and minimise the refunds rightfully due back to the players. To this day, many players never received the hand histories, meaning a proper analysis has been impossible. It is likely that only a fraction of the cheated funds were returned to players, the rest were pocketed by these crooks.

However, our UB and AP chums saved the best for last. Player deposits, rather than being held in segregated accounts, were syphoned off into the owner's own bank accounts. When the US DoJ clamped down on US-facing poker rooms in 2011, reputable sites like PokerStars immediately paid their players back with funds safely held on deposit. UB/AP players got nothing, their money had already been spent by Tom et al, the everyday players losing every dollar deposited or won.

Ben Mezrich will have you believe these guys were rough diamonds, entrepreneurs beaten down by an oppressive US justice system. The reality is these guys were crooks, cheaters, liars, and thieves that would make the great train robbers look like apple scrumpers.
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There is very little factual information in this book. It reads like some kind of film screenplay, and presumably with Mezrichs history, he's looking to make a film out of this. You could speed read this book in an afternoon.

This is aside from the fact there is no mention of the dodginess of the way they ran the business. But it is clear from the content that they were running the company by the seat of their pants, and barely in profit at any stage. No wonder the lavish lifestyle was funded by player funds, seems like the site barely broke even.

I wouldn't pay any more that £4-5 for this book. Very little meat in the book.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Hi, this book is factually incorrect, poorly written, and although Mr Mezrich has a reputation for books like this... this time he has out done himself.

The poker community is up in arms over the lies and misrepresentation in this book.

Please remember these guys were criminals that stole millions of dollars - and not some cool frat boy superstars.

Do please check out and read the 1* reviews on Amazon.com

Not sure I can list the brilliant flushdraw.com

feel free to buy many of the other poker books from amazon.co.uk - but don't give this guy your money.
Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews