by Michael Phillip Cash
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Sometimes life, as well as death, is about second chances. Luckless Telly Martin doesn't have a clue. An awful gambler trying to scrape by as a professional poker player, he becomes the protégé of world famous poker champion Clutch Henderson. The only catch…Clutch is a ghost. Telly and Clutch must navigate the seedy gambling underbelly of Las Vegas learning to trust each other in order to win the elusive International Series of Poker, repair their shattered personal relationships and find redemption in this life and the hereafter.

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ISBN-13: 9781947118775
Publisher: Chelshire, Inc.
Publication date: 04/24/2017
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He's written many books and screenplays in the horror, suspense, thriller and fantasy genres. He resides on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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Pokergeist 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite Clutch Henderson is one of the most legendary poker players of all time. He’s playing toward the dream of owning the prestigious gold bracelet. Just moments away from the prize, his dream is squelched by Adam “Ant” in combination with a massive heart attack. Clutch’s life is over. Or is it? When Telly Martin realizes that his own dream of making the big time as a professional card player is actually that…a dream…reality sets in, amazingly in the form of the ghostly Clutch Henderson. Together, Clutch promises, the two of them can and will earn that chunky golden bracelet. Even if winning is the last thing Telly Martin wants to do, presenting the reader with food for thought. Is winning everything? Pokergeist by Michael Phillip Cash is a fun novel full of twists, turns, laughs, and heartfelt sensitivity. The perfect story for an empty day, Pokergeist draws the reader into the lives of both the living and the dead while tickling at the edges of laugh out loud comedy. This is a page turner that demands attention with the moving dialogue and unexpected developments that make this a fun read for any setting. Michael Phillip Cash demonstrates a masterful talent of writing specific and vivid detail that exhibits the lesson of “show, don’t tell” that so often eludes the writer. While reading Pokergeist, I was fully immersed into the Las Vegas attitude of leaving it all behind within those state borders. Cash has found the perfect balance between fictional reality and playful paranormal genres. I loved this story!
SherryF More than 1 year ago
“Shuffle up and deal” I love ghosts, hauntings and poker and Pokergeist has all those things. Pokergeist is a spine tingling novel that grabbed me and never let me go. I felt for Telly Martin. If it wasn’t for bad luck, he would have none at all. He reaches for the brass ring, only to be shot down time after time. I thought I knew where this was going and I did, sort of. Michael Phillip Cash held back a surprise that I didn’t see coming and I love surprise endings. I look forward to reading more of his work.
Montzalee Wittmann More than 1 year ago
Pokergeist is a great story about a poker champion, Clutch, raised by his grandparents that lacked affectation and his grandfather was a poker champion. He dies and refuses to go on because he wants the champion bracelet. He meets a guy, Telly, who is down on his luck, a all around good guy, no skill at poker, and needs money. Telly makes a wish to win the poker championship at the same time Clutch is there and somehow Telly now can see and hear him. It makes for some funny experiences. Telly's girlfriend doesn't want him in the poker games due to his history and wants him to have a regular job. Clutch convinces him to play with Clutch's help. It makes for a strange time. A very interesting, fun read. The plot was steady and purposeful. The characters were well developed. The read was fun and had a twist at the end. I reviewed this book for NetGalley.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Clutch Henderson made it to the finals of the International Series of Poker. Unfortunately his heart couldn’t take the loss and he dies. A year later enters Telly Martin. Telly wants to win the top poker player, the problem is he is NOT a world class player, he isn’t even a basically good player. One night while lamenting his lot in life, Clutch hears his prayers and decides to help him. But this is not going to be easy for Telly when his girlfriend wants him to stop playing. And Clutch, will helping Telly win be just like winning himself? What about life outside of poker? This is a great story. You feel just like you are in the middle of the poker tournaments. There are a collection of odd people that have their own place in this world. Clutch is driven to win the world tournament but would he be open to experiencing more to life. And Telly might not make it through the tournament when everything else doesn’t seem to be on the same path. But the banter between the two will keep you laughing. This is another great story from Michael Phillip Case. Although the theme of the story is poker, if that is nothing that will interest you don’t fear, you will still like this book. Once you read one of Michael Phillip Cash’s books you will be hook and want more. I received Pokergeist for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
Telly Martin is a down on his luck poker player. He's been trying to get that one big win for him and his girlfriend. Then they can start life somewhere else and have all they need. Telly's girlfriend gives him one more chance to win. Then, win or lose, they move on. She doesn't count on Telly meeting Clutch Henderson. Who is Clutch? A poker champion that comes from a line of poker champions. If he can't win, then something is wrong. The thing is, Clutch is dead. Yep dead. He wants to help Telly with his big score. Can he? I have come to love this author's work. I am never disappointed in whatever the book is about. This one is fun and full of diverse characters. The writing is solid and well plotted. I found myself rooting for Telly many times and questioning Clutch. *grin* I know nothing about gambling though. Mr. Cash writes with a message usually and this one is no exception. We all deserve a second chance. I found no issues. I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it was really funny and fun! ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
The Las Vegas Strip is my "go-to" vacation spot. My husband and I try and take a mini-vacation there every year, just to reconnect. We love our kids, but sometimes even Mom and Dad need a break! There is always something to do on the strip. Neither my husband or I are gamblers, but we are never at a loss for things to do when we are there. From all you can eat buffets to awesome shows, there is certainly something for everyone there! Why am I telling you about my favourite vacation spot? Because of the most recent book I read called "Pokergeist". "Pokergeist" by Michael Phillip Cash is the story of Telly Martin a terrible gambler trying to make his way as a professional poker player in the casino's of Las Vegas. Try as he might, he just can't catch a good break...that is until Clutch Henderson takes him under his wing and helps him navigate the poker table. The only catch...Clutch is a ghost. As relationships are built and broken the two begin their quest to win the International Poker Championship. Can Telly and Clutch find the peace and redemption they need in this life and the next? Michael Phillip Cash has a writing style all his own. While "Pokergeist" is set on the gambling scene in Vegas, you don't have to be a gambler to enjoy the story. I know nothing of Poker and yet was pulled into the story from the get go. The book did arrive with a content warning for strong language and is not intended for the Young Adult audience. "Pokergeist" will transport you to the Vegas. You get to experience the quirky characters you will meet on the strip, from the drunkards to the serious gamblers. Mr. Cash sets the scene so well, it feels like you are back in Vegas. I loved how I have been to many of the locations he describes. There is one paragraph in the book that really stood out to me: "No such thing. Nature changes, rivers and mountains change. What makes us think we have to stay the same? If everyone is telling you that you can't dance, you can either sit down or learn a new dance." What a great reminder for all of us. Things don't have to stay the same...if we are frustrated with our children or even our lives, things don't have to stay the same. Sometimes we feel safe and just accept things status quo, simply because it's the easy thing to do. Sometimes we need to learn a new dance...change things up a bit and put yourself out there! "Pokergeist" is so much more than "just another story" for me. It has a little bit of everything, mystery, romance and the paranormal, but more than that it transported me to my favourite vacation spot and reminded me of some little truths that I often forget. *Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
bernie-12 More than 1 year ago
Unique Novel About Vegas Ghost Poker The theme of “Pokergeist” is about second chances. The unique concept is about second chances in this life and the next. Loser Telly Martin teams with a former famous poker champion, Clutch Henderson. Both struggle to trust the other playing poker in the seedy back rooms of Vegas. Their goal is to win the International Series of Poker. What makes this story so amazing is Clutch Henderson is now a ghost. Michael Phillip Cash is an award winning screenwriter, novelist and poker player. His fast paced best selling novels are loaded with twists, turns and surprise endings. His literary writing style has attracted a loyal following. “Pokergeist” is his tenth novel. Whether interested in poker or not, anyone will be highly entertained by the unique, shocking story-line.
Lynn-MI More than 1 year ago
I learned poker with my cottage friends out at the lake when I was 8 ---- we always had fun betting on candy, marshmallows, pretzels –but, have not played since (over 60 years now). This book caught me from page one and just held my attention to the very last page – was sorry to see it end and adored the ending the author used. This book truly caught the true allure of poker addicts and probably how most of their lives end up --- truly an alert, catching story with marvelous characters – place of events!
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the way this author writes! I have read and reviewed every single one of his books which are listed in About the Author below. Do I have a favorite? No, I love them all--I love how he brings ghosts into the realm of the living-you can't help but laugh at their antics. Of course The Hanging Tree, which is actually a short novella still resonates through my brain every once in a while-if you get a chance --read it. Actually I would suggest you read all of Michael Cash's books if you enjoy a bit of laughter with really good and interesting plots! Every one of them is a stand alone-except the Battle for Darracia series which is totally suitable for teens and adults alike and all three books can now be found in one volume. Poker can be an addiction and in the case of Clutch Henderson--even unto death. He wants that gold bracelet that the winner of the tournament gets. Unfortunately he dies while playing with a kid who beat him. Telly, a computer programmer who just lost his job and is thinking about playing Poker for a living unfortunately makes the same wish at the same time as Clutch. Clutch is relentless----he follows Telly everywhere until he finally gets him to buy into the tournament--not an easy task. But is there more then one ghost cheating? You will have to read the book to find out--and by the way--the ending will have you smiling!!
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Pokergeist is the newest novel by Michael Phillip Cash. This fast paced novel combines the paranormal with the Las Vegas casino nightlife. In this original work, the reader is introduced to a timid man of low self worth named Telly, unemployed and living out of a cheap motel, quickly losing hope as he makes one last effort to pursue a far fetched dream of winning a poker tournament before resigning himself to a life of disappointment. Ironically he isn't alone in his quest as he makes an unlikely acquaintance with a dead poker player, once a professional who wanders in a limbo state unable to accept the loss of his final tournament. Together they form an unlikely bond, complimenting each others' weakness in one final attempt in the pursuit of their dream, and more importantly, spiritual and emotional redemption. Not simply a ghost story, the characters have real depth- as if Cash has the ability to psychologically analyze the the three dimensional characters he creates. Telly is in his thirties, lamenting his lost career and lifestyle, a victim of corporate downsizing, he now lives on the brink of poverty. Despite his Masters degree, he must endure the ongoing humiliation of job rejections as he contemplates taking a minimum wage job as a cab driver. He is torn between his pride and his duty to care for his wife who has become the sole breadwinner. Meanwhile, the spirit of Clutch, a hardened and weary soul, is racked with guilt as he powerlessly observes the aftermath of his poor choices on his family as well as his teen-aged daughter and his grieving mistress. He is impotent to protect his family from the unsavory loan sharks he owed money to as his estate is tied up in probate because he did not write a will. He wonders aimlessly as he watches from the sidelines- until a quirk in the spiritual- space time continuum allows his path to cross with Telly. This story will leave any reader glued to its pages, rooting for redemption. In a plot twist, the end is ironic, and unexpected, yet the careful and astute reader might find some clues threaded throughout the novel. There is more than meets the eye with this complex novel. Although fast paced with lively dialogue, it is thought provoking as well. In fact it may even leave the reader to contemplate his or her own life and priorities as well. Philosophical truth is found in the unlikeliest of places and circumstances. A lesson from an unlikely ghost from Clutch's own past reveals an important lesson, "Poker is life. The hand you're dealt is determined. It's how you play the cards that counts." (Cash, 2015, p. 232) As a blogger I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.
Juliapicks1 12 months ago
Cash weaves a tale of obsession and intrigue that keeps the reader on the edge. Clutch Henderson wants nothing more in the world than to win the Las Vegas Poker tournament and walk away with the 8 million dollars, but even more so, he wants the gold link bracelet as a visible announcement of his win. Clutch was raised by his Grandfather, who had won the tournament years ago. Unfortunately, he dies trying, as he literally has a heart attack in the last hand of the game. Now he is out to find a living person he can teach all his tricks to and get the bracelet vicariously.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
"Pokergeist" by Michael Philip Cash is a genie in the bottle story crossed with a Rocky against the odds tale, with poker as the focus. If you like the sound of that then crack on as you don’t need to read any more of this review. If, however, you need further details then please, by all means, stick around awhile. Clutch Henderson is a professional, life-long terrible gambler but a wonderful poker player. He faces off against Adam ‘the Ant’ Antonowski, a teen upstart who battles through to the final table of the International Series of Poker from the humble origins of an on line tournament. As the final hand beckons and the elusive championship bracelet seems to be within Clutch’s reach he loses. As the realisation dawns Clutch suffers a dreadful heart-attack and dies. Fast forward one year and we are introduced to Telly, a down on his luck I.T. engineer who has recently been made redundant and dreams, for some inexplicable reason, of entering the International Series tournament and winning it. I say inexplicable because Telly is a terrible player. He’s lived his life by rules and systems so why he wants to enter and believes he can win at a game of chance and skill is a little lost on me. Anyhow, with his last penny Telly throws a coin into a fountain pond wishing he wasn’t loser at the same time as Clutch gets one last chance from his guardian Angel to realise his dreams. Thrown together Telly and Clutch go for it. "Pokergeist" is short, sharp and sweet. The dialogue is snappy, the poker showdowns are wonderfully realised and the rhythms of the game of poker comes across brilliantly. The characters are thin and not at all sympathetic. Unfortunately habitual gambling doesn’t garner a lot of sympathy. The females are portrayed like they’ve been written from the viewpoint of an early Bon Jovi song. Blah. While I’ve already stated the dialogue is snappy, the author’s insistence of changing viewpoints, sometime is mid-conversation is extremely erratic and annoying. Please stop it Michael as this dampens the impact your Elmore Leonard-esq dialogue has on the novel. Sharp, pacey and with wit, "‘Pokergeist’" is a good, but ever so slightly flawed diversion
Protozoan More than 1 year ago
I was gifted this book from the author, to review or not to review. There were only a few aspects I liked about this story. The writing was ok, there are parts that were very descriptive and detailed that helped getting to know the characters little by little but I thought there could have been more. I didn't like most of the characters, the only person I liked was the ghost. The main character was too weak for me to really enjoy. I didn't like his personality because he was very passive and submissive. His girlfriend was too indecisive for my liking. All the other characters were vaguely described and needed more work to truly connect with them. The writing structure of this book needs a lot of work. There weren't enough paragraph breaks in the chapters. The sentences kept going on and on. The viewpoints of characters were intermingled in parts of the story and it was confusing. The story did not flow well. The first half of the story was ok, the second half was very hard to get through. The story was dragging at times with no intriguing focus and that's what really lost me. This story has potential but it needs many improvements.
LiveLaughandLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the way this book was written. I felt as though I was actually sitting at a poker table smelling the cigar smoke and the alcohol. I also felt the pain and the laughter that the characters felt. This was a book that I normally do not read, but I thought it was well written and well thought out. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was very predictable. I think that maybe a twist would be better or I don’t know have Telly committed by his family or his wife might have been a good twist but that is just me. I think that would almost make it sound a little bit more real. But overall a great read and I would recommend this to people as a book to read *I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago