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

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Macmillan, Mar 1, 2004 - Games - 436 pages
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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.
  

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

User Review  - Roger - Goodreads

This is a very intense book. McManus writes the poker scenes with a sparse intensity that left me on the edge of my seat. He mixes it with long dissertations on the Ted Binion murder trial he was ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jay Tate - Goodreads

Barely four stars. McManus's experience at the WSOP is a nice offset to the murder mystery. Read full review

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Contents

THE END
3
DEAD MONEY
21
FAMILY CAREER EVEN LIFE
35
BLACK MAGIC
69
URGE OVERKILL
87
THE POKER OF SCIENCE
107
NOBODY SAID ANYTHING
125
CHICKS WITH DECKS
149
TENSIONDISCHARGE
269
THE LAST SUPPER
311
EITHER WAY
337
ZOMBIES IS BAWTH OF EM
355
TONS AND TONS OF LUCK
369
A GRAY ARIA
387
POKER TERMINOLOGY
403
BIBLIOGRAPHY
413

DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON
185
BOOKLEARNED
207
ON THE BUBBLE
223
SONG FOR TWO JIMS
249
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
419
INDEX
421
Copyright

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James McManus is a novelist and poet, most recently winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for sports journalism. He teaches writing and comparative literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, including a course on the literature and science of poker.

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