Fast paced with good historical content. Ben Mezrich has great style and say with words to engrossing you into his stories. Straight flush is no exception. In “Straight Flush,” Ben Mezrich follows a bunch of fraternity buddies through the rise and fall of what they hoped would be an online poker. After writing about MIT students who took Las Vegas for millions and the founding of Facebook, Ben Mezrich turns to online poker. “Straight.

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I place blame solely on the government for not regulating the industry. I was thrilled they wanted to be so open and tell the story. Are they sitting on piles of cash? Until you can show me evidence then it just seems ludicrous to me. After you are done with the story then read the first chapter and the epilogue. Do you get fpush feeling that they were all well aware of the story going mainstream and public, and may have spun things to make themselves look better?

Nov 11, Scott Wilson rated it really liked it Shelves: That is all in the book. He was able to do this using nen old piece of software that was there from the beginning.

He did not originally want to talk to me probably because of the whole 60 Minutes thing, and a lot of people had come after him and he was in Antigua and he was trying to figure out what he was going to do about the indictment and the government and all that kind of stuff. If the anger is aimed at the Kahnawake then I understand. Was there any hesitation being that you got hard pitches from two of the founders.

They said the cheating was ongoing for about seven weeks and within that time period, the plane crash happened. Straight flush is no exception. For instance, were the bill delayed by a couple months and the planned IPO for Absolute Poker went forward, the frat boys would be billionaires. So I turned down large amounts of money to work for these companies. Brent Beckley made the decision to turn himself in, and face the music, while Scott Tom is still at large.


After I realized that, I was disappointed, but I hate leaving things unfinished, so I decided to speed read to the end. User Account Sign in. I had very limited knowledge I would say compared to a lot of your readers probably.

Straight Flush definitely had a great story line but the first chapter of this story is big hint of what’s to coming at the end of the story.

I think that is a fair way to write it in the book. Makes me wonder what else he got wrong. He is a charismatic individual.

So there will be a lot of studios interested but who want to see what Runner Runner does. That is the book that people wanted to see. That became more difficult to get into. They maintain they had this discussion with Scott and the crash happened when they were leaving the company. So certainly they may have still been involved in Top 10 Stories of3: Your subscription to Read More was successful.

Book review: Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich – The Boston Globe

It seems like poker blogs want a villain too. Scott really did want to take care of his brother but Scott is more of the cowboy, more of the dangerous kind of guy. They say they went to that person and in exchange for him telling them exactly how much he took and how he did it they would let him leave the company and not be named.

You can ask them. I think he really believed that no one would be indicted. So I never had an issue with it legally.


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Did you notice a big difference in attitude between the two? Well thank you so much for your time, Ben. It was quite the opposite of concern. Fast paced, interesting read from the seed of an idea to a full-fledged online business with an international reach. Sign up to our newsletter using your email. In reality, the plane crash happened in early September and the cheating incident happens after the plane crash.

I liked it, and I always strwight like it was foolish that it was illegal. No one is going into a Ben Mezrich book thinking they will be reading an article from the Times. This is so absurd of an idea.

When you talk to Scott about the IP addresses he says this guy had access to my computer and was in the inner family essentially. Top 10 Stories of5: They were very mezfich. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Now whether you believe that or not is fair to argue. To ask other readers questions about Straight Flushplease sign up.

The story revolves around a handful of Montana fraternity brothers mezricu create an online goldmine, the poker site Absolute Poker.

There will fluh who no matter what I say, no matter where the information came from, will say Scott and the founding group of AP are cheaters and liars and stole our money. It was like interviewing Wall Street guys, not like interviewing cowboys or hicks or anything like that. I get that call a lot.