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The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time Paperback – Jun 5 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (June 5 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446694975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446694971
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The "professor" is Howard Lederer, a professional poker player whose rigorous analytical approach to the game earned him his nickname. The banker is Andy Beal, a multimillionaire obsessed with beating the world's best poker players at their game, limit Texas hold 'em, played for stratospheric stakes. The suicide king, a symbol of the aleatory nature of the endeavor, is the king of hearts, who holds his broadsword behind his head. It's a great mix, and Craig (The 5 Minute Investor) offers a knowledgeable and observant chronicle of the high-stakes games between Beal and the syndicate of professional players organized by the "Babe Ruth of poker," Doyle Brunson. The syndicate put up $10,000,000 to sit opposite Beal, trading $100,000 bets. Beal, for his part, took a mathematical approach, at one point running millions of computer simulations of various poker problems, in search of an edge against the pros, who rely on an uncanny intuition honed by thousands of hands. Craig includes enough details about the professionals to allow readers insight into their gambler personalities. Having interviewed many of the participants in this legendary poker battle, he describes it with an appropriate sense of awe, and readers will be awed as well.
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'Craig includes enough details about the professionals to allow the reader insight into their gambler personalities. Having interviewed many of the participants in this legendary poker battle, he describes it with an appropriate sense of awe and readers

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This book will knock your socks off. This unknown rich banker comes to town and literally breaks the pros. It blew my mind that they were playing $100000/$200000 no limit poker and he was beating them! Imagine betting enough to buy a ferrari with 7 3 offsuit. Terrifying.

I read this book twice already and will probably read it again soon. You want to know what the big boys do? Read this and find out.

Awesome book!
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Exactly what I love in a non-fiction book: An interesting conflict, and fleshed-out sympathetic charachters on both sides of it. In that sense, it reminds me of "A Civil Action" - high praise, but its worthy of it.
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This was agift for my son and he loved it
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One of the elite non-fiction poker books.
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Good story. A fun read for poker players.
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