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This book is an absolute bore. Rambling go nowhere stories. The writer seems Hell-bent on turning his WSOP experience can into some weird philosophical journey. No real poker tales until are so late into the book that you have long since lost interest. Don't bother.
This is the worst poker book I've ever read. The author is in love with hating himself all while trying to cram in as many obscure literary references as possible (you see, because his life is crap but at least he's agonizingly clever). The writing is pretentious. The story is exhausting. The book is an absolute zero. Grantland should ask for their $10,000 back. What a waste.
Because this book was "An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2014" selection, I didn't bother to read the customer reviews. Why bother? I just like books about poker tournaments. It wouldn't have to be written well. Just give me the basic who, what, where, when and how, and I'll be happy. Throw in a little wit, and I'll be ecstatic. Instead of getting that basic tell-me-about-the-tournament book, the author served up this load of pretentious crap that I was unable to finish. The Doubleday editor of The Noble Hustle and the people at Amazon failed their readers big time on this one.
Could not get past page 50. Book group disappointed as well. We cancelled discussion and our host pulled out a deck of cards and proceeded to teach us a simple poker game and the terminology that seemed very obscure in the book. Much more satisfying.
I hate to write bad reviews, actually i dont think i ever wrote a bad review, but to be honest this is probably the worst poker book i have ever read, yes there were some cool parts in the book but overall... wow what a waste of my time... the writer could have totally made it soo much better, but it was like ugghhhhh... :(
Too cool for his own good; Colton Whitehead's style of writing complicated sentences chock full of metaphors and references to other things than he is writing about is exhausting for the reader. His editor should have had a word with him. I still don't know how he placed in the big game and I read the whole book. I was really hoping for an inside look at the world of professional poker but that's not what this book delivers.
I am fascinated by Las Vegas. I am fascinated by gaming. I was bored silly by this book. The writer is self-indulgent and I infer he believes his reader has no imagination. I'd send the book back, but it's not worth the postage.
whiney,dull, silly, unFUN! a short book, just dull, made worse by whitehead's dull prose and meanness as he views the Americanculture and way of life. this man has problems, though he doesn't fully articulate them. this is a mean book, meant to be hip… it is not, flat out dull. he dislikes las vegas, big deal, every liberal, whiney pseudo intellectual does! Boo on this book!