In the spring of 2000,
Harper's magazine sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker.
But when McManus sets foot in town, the lure of the tables is too strong: he proceeds to risk his entire Harper's advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. Only with actual table experience (he tells his skeptical wife) can he capture the hair-raising subtleties of poker that determines the world champion. The heart of the book is his deliciously suspenseful account of the tournament itself - the players, the hand-to-hand, and his own unlikely progress in it.
"A delicious inside look." (
"...like all true Beat writing, Positively Fifth Street is a joy to read." ( The Los Angeles Times)
"The drama of high-stakes poker is inherently compelling - here is a rare opportunity to read an account by someone who can really write."( Publishers Weekly)
"Exhilarating chronicle....[as] tension-packed as any thriller." ( The New York Times Book Review)
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