Positively Fifth Street Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker

ISBN-10: 0312422520
ISBN-13: 9780312422523
Edition: 1997 (Revised)
Authors: James McManus
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Description: In the spring of 2000, Harper's Magazine sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker, in particular the progress of women in the $23 million event, and the murder of Ted Binion, the tournament's prodigal host, purportedly done  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In the spring of 2000, Harper's Magazine sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker, in particular the progress of women in the $23 million event, and the murder of Ted Binion, the tournament's prodigal host, purportedly done in by a stripper and her boyfriend. But when McManus arrives, the lure of the tables compels him to risk his entire Harper's advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. This is his deliciously suspenseful account of the tournament--the players, the hand-to-hand combat, his own unlikely progress in it--and the delightfully seedy carnival atmosphere that surrounds it. Positively Fifth Street is a high-stakes adventure and a terrifying but often hilarious account of one man's effort to understand what Edward O. Wilson has called "Pleistocene exigencies"--the eros and logistics of our competitive instincts.

James "Jim" McManus was born March 22 1951, in Manhattan. He is an American poker player, teacher and writer living in Kenilworth, Illinois. McManus is best known as the author of the book Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker. The book is based on his trip to Las Vegas to cover the progress of women in the 2000 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the death of Ted Binion. McManus continues to play live poker when not teaching and raising two young daughters with his second wife, Jennifer Arra.

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