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by Jonathan Grotenstein




All In is the story of the greatest tournament in the world---the World Series of Poker--- from its humble beginnings in 1970 as a mere gathering of Texas road gamblers to its present status as a cultural phenomenon, attracting exhaustive national television coverage, legions of fans, and thousands of players. Professional poker players themselves, authors Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback take an entertaining look at this unique experience, recounting its history through the breathtaking and sometimes brutal hands played at the Horseshoe's tables. They introduce the colorful and seemingly fearless characters who have been lured by huge paydays---and the chance to play against the best in the world; including the legends Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim, Stuey "The Kid" Ungar, and Chris Moneymaker. All In is a no-limit look at the phenomenal transformation of poker from a vice hidden in shady back rooms into the hottest game on the planet.

"Jonathan Grotenstein and coauthor Storms Reback, have done a remarkable job of research in writing All In." ---PokerMag.com

"If you've ever played a hand of Texas Hold'em, you won't want to miss this book." ---Amarillo Slim Preston, 1972 World Series of Poker champion and author of Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People

"Almost every poker aficionado will greatly enjoy this book." --- Card Player magazine

"Reading this book is like having Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim, and every single one of the World Series of Poker champions over to the house for dinner, a beer, tall tales, and a fine game of No-Limit Texas Hold'em."---Phil Gordon, coauthor of Poker: The Real Deal and cohost of Celebrity Poker Showdown

Download All In: The (Almost) Entirely True Story of the World Series of Poker epub
ISBN: 0312360371
ISBN13: 978-0312360375
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Puzzles & Games
Author: Jonathan Grotenstein
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 19, 2006)
Pages: 336 pages
ePUB size: 1330 kb
FB2 size: 1579 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 665
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Delirium
I bought this for my stepdad who qualified for the main event this year (he was eliminated just before dinner in day two ... boo!) I bought one for myself so I would learn the history. BOY did I luck out and get the right book! And now that we're watching the ESPN tournament of champions and the main event along with other tv shows, I am RE-reading the book. Both of us LOVED it! The authors did a wonderful job explaining the history so that it's interesting for those of you who don't play poker (I don't) and also a great look into the past winners and how they got there (including hands and "bad beats") to engage the poker players. GREAT book! As an aside, the book even mentions the movie Rounders (which showed a clip with Johnny Chan) so I watched THAT again and found it even MORE intersting. And also I'm getting ready to watch "Casino" which one of the poker players in this book just watched and tweeted "Just watched the movie Casino. It is absolutely amazing how accurate that movie is. It should be on the History channel." Lots of good stuff! I would give the book more than 5 stars if I could. Fun read and great gift!
Buriwield
When the Worlds Series of Poker started, the best poker player was chosen by a vote! Tidbits such as this make this an essential guide to the history of the burgeoning event. A lack of hand records makes some of the reconstruction of questionable reliability, however.

There is very little analysis of the hands, although the match-turning decisions are recounted well enough. There are insightful bios into some of the players, including Stu Ungar, who had won three tournaments during the time the increasing size made this an incredible feat. Recommended for those with an historical interest in the event and the growth of the popularity of poker.
Gosar
This refers to the 2006 version, updated to cover the 2005 WSOP. It seems like the update was really rushed, because they got some critical information plain wrong: the final hand of the Main Event. They got Hachem's hand right, but screwed up Dannenmann's hand and, more importantly, the flop! As a result their discussion of this hand makes no sense. Another indication of how much this was rushed: after several pages of describing the final table of the 2005 WSOP Main Event, at which Steve Dannenmann finished second, they turn to a short discussion of the 2005 Tournament of Champions and mention "a burgeoning poker celebrity named Steve Dannenmann" as if he's a new character being introduced for the first time. Sloppy editing.
Sharpbrew
Really enjoyed the play by play walk down memory lane.
Not a how to book, just a poker history book.
Very light reading.
Syleazahad
Can't beat a book like this for a dollar. Gazillion Books came through as advertised and the book is a complete recap of all the Champions and Championships of the World Series of Poker. Anyone who wants to know how this tournament has grown to the major event it is today needs to look no further than this book.
Funny duck
This is a nice, though incomplete history of the World Series of Poker. What's there is well written and engaging. It is an interesting read but is far from comprehensive.

I didn't really expect much coverage of the secondary tournaments, but I did expect a more complete coverage of the main event. With a little more this would be well deserving of 5 Stars. As it sits, it is more like 3.5-4.
Not-the-Same
I have always been interested in seeing a behind the scenes look at a professional "wiseguy" sports betting group. Michael Konik, a top gambling writer, excuse me, a top writer...period, has done a tremendous job of showing exactly how a big-time, big-money betting team operates. Konik shows how they bet into the Vegas casino sportsbooks and later with the large offshore bookmakers. How did he write this excellent book? He was recruited and became a member of a wiseguy group and later formed his own group. I pretty much knew how these outfits operated but did not know who did their actual handicapping, and how. Now I do know. Great job, Mike.
Nope. There are no discussions of how to play poker here. But whether or not you play poker you will enjoy this book. As the title says, it's (almost) the entirely true story of how the WSOP got started, the bumps along the way, and of course, the characters involved. It takes you from the humble beginnings to the behemuth that it is today.

And such stories...like the 1972 WSOP had 13 entrants, but only 8 of them played because they would rather play in the lucrative sides games than the WSOP. 1972 is also the year that Benny Binion made it a $10,000 buy-in...but paid half of it for the players who entered.

You'll watch the rise of the Binion family only to see it implode along the lines of a "Dallas" script. You'll read where a tournament director was fired because he refused to move old grumpy Johnny Moss who didn't want to sit by the railbirds during the tournament. Stories of great poker players like Jack Strauss, Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim and others fill this book. Read how Jessie Alto, who made the final table 6 times, went on a full tilt after he was bluffed out of a pot.

It's a fast read and I definitely recommned it to anyone who has a passing interest in poker.