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Traces the events of the 2001 Bellagio Hotel and Casino poker game, a competition involving a twenty-million-dollar stake, in an account that describes the strategies employed by game newcomer Andy Beal and his challenge to some of the world's top players.
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Michael Craig lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he writes books and articles and occasionally plays poker. He has written for CIGAR AFICIONADO, GOLF, THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR, BUSINESS 2.0, T&L GOLF, and PENTHOUSE, among others. He has also written THE FIFTY BEST (AND WORST) BUSINESS DEALS OF ALL TIME and THE FIVE MINUTE INVESTOR. This is his third book.From Publishers Weekly:
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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