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Straight Flush: The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire--and How It All Came Crashing Down...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    In general I enjoy Mezrich's writing style and usually his subje

    In general I enjoy Mezrich's writing style and usually his subject matter; I just feel the focus of this book was off. He spent too much time on the lifestyle his subject matter lived, and not enough of the actual impact this company and people had on the lives of ordinary poker players and likely their other employees. I felt that he could have done a better job vetting their story, which as other have pointed out are some major problems with. I think he let the founders off the hook too much, and just took their word for it. While this may have been what was possible in his other books, I feel as though he could have done some real important work uncovering what exactly happened at this company. The last part of his book seems to be rushed, and really focused on putting blame on the DoJ, while ignoring important business decisions the founders made which likely resulted in their ultimate collapse. Overall, I am disappointed with the effort in documenting this story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    I used to enjoy playing on these poker sites and it was a myster

    I used to enjoy playing on these poker sites and it was a mystery why the FBI just shut them down.  This is a great read into what happened and how it almost worked!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

    I am a big fan of Mezrich's work and each time I read his books,

    I am a big fan of Mezrich's work and each time I read his books, I finish them in a few days. 

    This story is something I completely forgot about, until I heard Ben on Jim Rome talking about it. The story is a bit dry, it doesn't pack the punch that Accidental Billionaires
    does, but it's a good read. Not his best work by any stretch, but a good book nonetheless.  

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Was a fan of  Mezrich's book Bringing Down the House, however St

    Was a fan of  Mezrich's book Bringing Down the House, however Straight Flush is like all the rest since, trying to capture what was great about that story, and like all the rest it doesn't.
    What these guys did in this story isn't worthy of a book as it gets very dry too often and was hard to keep my interest.  Maybe the movie will be better, but frankly I don't see what narrative even that could take to keep it interesting. 
    Accidental Billionaires was a instance where the movie was WAY better than the book, and that's thanks to the genius of Aaron Sorkin. This author needs to stop churning out what are basically the same stories over and over. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

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    Lays on her bed only wearing a see through thong

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Poorly written

    It seems like it was written in a hurry. It does not flow well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Fast, Eventful, Gripping!

    Take this to the beach of the pool this summer and you will finish it in one weekend if not one day. Excellent read from end to end with well developed characters, scandals, and a story that at times seems completely unbelievable. Worth your time and money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Another Good Read from this author

    I have read several of his other books and although this is not my favorite, it is still a good read. Apparently this book has already been made into a movie, as I recently saw the trailer for it, even before I received the book.
    This book is not written in the breathless excitement style like some of the others were and I missed that element of the writing, but the story is a solid one and the various characters' tales are worth telling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Although this story about Internet Poker during its infancy was

    Although this story about Internet Poker during its infancy was extremely entertaining, especially as poker peaked my interest along with so many guys in my age group back in the mid-2000's, I found something missing with this book. I didn't feel like I got to know all of the characters, they just blended into 1 person, and I felt like there were large gaps in the story. All in all, a good read, but with the story that was there, felt like this should have been a Straight Flush, not just a pair of Jacks.

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    Posted June 9, 2013

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