by Pete Hautman


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"You know how they say you can't climb out of a hole till you hit bottom?"


"I'm trying to find the bottom."

At seventeen, Denn Doyle isn't old enough to gamble legally, but thanks to his talent for reading tells, he's made a fortune — and along the way, he's upset some of the most notorious Texas holdem players in Las Vegas, including Artie Kingston, who had already lost his nightclub to Denn. But now Denn's luck has run out and he's just about broke. His only chance is a million-dollar, winner-take-all tournament at Artie's new casino, but Denn can't play unless he comes up with the $10,000 entry fee. Denn's future all comes down to one hand of poker.

National Book Award-winning author Pete Hautman introduced Denn Doyle in No Limit, of which School Library Journal said, "Fast paced and powerfully taut and suspenseful as a high-stakes game." Here he deals another hand of love, luck, and greed in the high-stakes world of poker.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442433359
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 621,358
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Pete Hautman is the author of National Book Award–winning novel Godless, Sweetblood, Hole in the Sky, Stone Cold, The Flinkwater Factor, The Forgetting Machine, and Mr. Was, which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, as well as several adult novels. He lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at

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All-in 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You learn a lot about Texas Hold-um poker in this book: about reading tells, pocket pairs and lots of interesting poker terminology and strategy. You also get a picture of what high stakes vegas style gambling is like: the deceit, the lack of substance, the loneliness. The ending is not satisfying, but the writing is taut throughout. I enjoyed reading the book up until the lackluster ending. Hopefully there will be another sequel to provide some details here.
KbookB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Denn Doyle recently owned a restaurant that he couldn't even buy a drink in. Now, at seventeen, he is putting his poker skills and fake ID to the test in Las Vegas. After proving that he has the skills to play with the best, Denn, goes on a losing streak and ends up losing his last $1600 trying to win enough at blackjack to enter a poker tournament. His luck changed the moment he met Cattie, another underage prodigy who's dealing skills put her on the other side of the table from Denn. But when she uses her ability to fix a deck against him, Denn can't understand what she ever saw in him.The detailed explanation of the rules of and characters in high-stakes hold 'em poker will appeal to boys interested in the game. Hautman's descriptions brings out the drama of each hands, with the best scenes taking place around the table. An included glossary aids readers unfamiliar with terms such as "bad beat" and "muck." The story moves slowly at times and the characters are not sharply drawn, still, anyone interested in poker will enjoy the tense scenes while the cards are "in the air."
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Guest More than 1 year ago
All in is a great book and anyone that likes to play cards would love this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! It has a lot of technical poker terms but the glossary in the back comes in handy. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and wishing for more. Also, you can read this book without reading the first one. I highly recomend All-In!