Players: Con Men, Hustlers, Gamblers, and Scam Artists

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Thunder's Mouth Press, 2002 - True Crime - 397 pages
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Once I hear the clatter of chips I almost go into convulsions," said Dostoyevsky, while Anatole France wrote, "The gambler is driven by the fascination of danger at the bottom of all great passions." The characters the reader meets in Players—chess grand masters, poolroom hustlers, or street-hardened practitioners of the short con—are all alike propelled by the ecstasy of risk. "The stake is money," France wrote, "in other words, immediate, infinite possibilities." In fact, as the reader hooks up with David Mamet in the poker room and meets Damon Runyon's Bookie Bob, Saul Bellow's immortal Yellow Kid, and learns from Herbert Asbury about the antics of Izzy and Moe, and from David Maurer about the discreet charm of the confidence man, Walter Tevis on Fast Eddie Felson and Minnesota Fats on the seductions of nineteenth-century gambling dens, high lives and low will merge and the world of gambler and con-artist will blur. Selected writings by Jorge Luis Borges, Hunter S. Thompson, Nick Tosches, and many others are featured.

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Review: Players: Con Men, Hustlers, Gamblers, and Scam Artists

User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

Good and fun, certainly worth a read if you're into this stuff. One or two pieces may have run a bit long, eg the Pushkin piece, but some pieces are longer and worth it. This is the kind of anthology where I'll probably pick up two or three books to read based on seeing excerpts here. Read full review

Review: Players: Con Men, Hustlers, Gamblers, and Scam Artists

User Review  - Goodreads

Good and fun, certainly worth a read if you're into this stuff. One or two pieces may have run a bit long, eg the Pushkin piece, but some pieces are longer and worth it. This is the kind of anthology where I'll probably pick up two or three books to read based on seeing excerpts here. Read full review

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Steve Hyde is the founder and CEO of Hyde Rx Services Corp., which provides low-cost prescription drug benefits to self-insuring companies all over the United States. In the 1970s he founded Peak Health Care, one of the nation's first HMOs, and many of his innovations are still being used today.

Zanetti is a life long motorcycle rider and freelance journalist. A veteran Sturgis attendee, Geno rode with several one-percenter clubs in his youth.

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