Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything

Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything

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Overview

Capturing the spirit of a freewheeling era, this rollicking biography brings to life the gambler-hero who inspired Guys and Dolls. Born in a log cabin in the Ozarks, Alvin "Titanic" Thompson (1892-1974) traveled with his golf clubs, a .45 revolver, and a suitcase full of cash. He won and lost millions playing cards, dice, golf, pool, and dangerous games of his own invention. He killed five men and married five women, each one a teenager on her wedding day. He ruled New York's underground craps games in the 1920s and was Damon Runyon's model for slick-talking Sky Masterson. Dominating the links in the pre-PGA Tour years, Thompson may have been the greatest golfer of his time, teeing up with Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Lee Trevino, and Ray Floyd. He also traded card tricks with Houdini, conned Al Capone, lost a million to Minnesota Fats, and then teamed up with Fats and won it all back.

A terrific listen for anyone who has ever laid a bet, Titanic Thompson recaptures the colorful times of a singular figure: America's original road gambler.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781522687597
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Edition description: Unabridged

About the Author

A former senior editor at Sports Illustrated, Kevin Cook is the author of Titanic Thompson, Tommy's Honor, Kitty Genovese and The Dad Report. He lives in New York City.

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Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Cygnus555 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read - light and entertaining. I had never heard of Titanic before this book, but after hearing the pitch on NPR one afternoon, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did: I now know more about poker odds, dice odds, odd stories about fantastic feats, feats that make you laugh out loud. He was quite a hustler.My favorite story (don't worry I won't spoil it) was about the time he came close to winning a horse race. This was the one area of gambling that Ti could not make money on... this story where he gave it everything he had cracked me up. As far as the rating: it was fun, but it wasn't outstanding. The pace of it was fast, but in the end I was getting rather tired of the tone... perhaps I just don't identify with Ti... he wasn't a very nice guy after all.
daisy511 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Titanic Thompson was quite an exciting character. His talents and the history of his times are captured in the book. The book is well written and provides a terrific glimpse into the world of early 20th century hustlers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good read Its about about one of the more famous con-men in the us It tells of his life his friends some famous (that helped in his scams) some infamous If You want to learn about early golfers early poker players heres the best
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Interesting boob but too short for the money
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I thought this was about a guy on the titanic who bet on everything