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Positively Fifth Street : Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker
by James McManus




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In the spring of 2000, Harper's Magazine sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker, in particular the progress of women in the $23 million event, and the murder of Ted Binion, the tournament's prodigal host, purportedly done in by a stripper and her boyfriend. But when McManus arrives, the lure of the tables compels him to risk his entire Harper's advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. This is his deliciously suspenseful account of the tournament--the players, the hand-to-hand combat, his own unlikely progress in it--and the delightfully seedy carnival atmosphere that surrounds it. Positively Fifth Street is a high-stakes adventure and a terrifying but often hilarious account of one man's effort to understand what Edward O. Wilson has called Pleistocene exigencies--the eros and logistics of our competitive instincts.

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Overview

In the spring of 2000, Harper's Magazine sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker, in particular the progress of women in the $23 million event, and the murder of Ted Binion, the tournament's prodigal host, purportedly done in by a stripper and her boyfriend. But when McManus arrives, the lure of the tables compels him to risk his entire Harper's advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. This is his deliciously suspenseful account of the tournament--the players, the hand-to-hand combat, his own unlikely progress in it--and the delightfully seedy carnival atmosphere that surrounds it. Positively Fifth Street is a high-stakes adventure and a terrifying but often hilarious account of one man's effort to understand what Edward O. Wilson has called Pleistocene exigencies--the eros and logistics of our competitive instincts.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312422523
  • ISBN-10: 0312422520
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Publish Date: March 2004
  • Page Count: 448
  • Dimensions: 8.35 x 5.49 x 0.78 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.77 pounds


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Positively Fifth Street

McManus, an author and professor who teaches a course on the literature and science of poker, offers an inside look at a one-of-a-kind subculture in this best-selling nonfiction book. Sent on assignment in 2000 by Harper's magazine to report on the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, McManus initially hopes to find out more about the strange murder of Ted Binion, the tournament's controversial host, and to get an update on the role of women in the game. But, like many who visit Vegas, McManus is tempted by the tables and soon uses his Harper's advance money to participate in the series. Risking everything for the love of the game—and a good story—McManus stays at it for 10 days, and what results is a skillfully crafted, suspenseful portrait of casino life. But the author also presents a wonderful, personal exploration of the nature of risk and human competition that's sure to resonate with readers.

 

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