The Noble Hustle

The Noble Hustle

Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

eBook - 2014
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad In 2011, Grantland magazine gave bestselling novelist Colson Whitehead $10,000 to play at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It was the assignment of a lifetime, except for one hitch—he’d never played in a casino tournament before. With just six weeks to train, our humble narrator took the Greyhound to Atlantic City to learn the ways of high-stakes Texas Hold’em. Poker culture, he discovered, is marked by joy, heartbreak, and grizzled veterans playing against teenage hotshots weaned on Internet gambling. Not to mention the not-to-be overlooked issue of coordinating Port Authority bus schedules with your kid’s drop-off and pickup at school. Finally arriving in Vegas for the multimillion-dollar tournament, Whitehead brilliantly details his progress, both literal and existential, through the event’s antes and turns, through its gritty moments of calculation, hope, and spectacle. Entertaining, ironic, and strangely profound, this epic search for meaning at the World Series of Poker is a sure bet. An NPR Best Book of the Year
Publisher: [S.l.]: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2014.
ISBN: 9780385537063
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 256 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Greene_GregL Feb 28, 2018

Colson Whitehead may claim to be a resident of the Republic of Anhedonia (where inhabitants aren't capable of experiencing pleasure), but he sure makes poker seem like a good time. This memoir of his entry into the World Series of Poker is a funny and oddly empathetic investigation of the often-quixotic appeal of Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

mikelindq Apr 13, 2015

Highly entertaining if one is familiar with poker and the TV/Internet/casino poker world. If you like Vince Van Patten's World Poker Tour TV commentary, you'll love this book. Gave me many chuckles, some guffaws, and a few real belly laughs. The LA/NY Times reviewers apparently didn't get the references; seems as if they couldn't move beyond the author's background/literary accomplishments. Maybe they would have appreciated it more if published under a pseudonym.

Jul 24, 2014

no appeal to me but I don't understand the game. Book didn't help


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