The Noble Hustle

The Noble Hustle

Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

Book - 2014
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Colson Whitehead was given a $10,000 stake and an assignment from the online ESPN offshoot Grantland to see how far he could get in the World Series of Poker.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385537056
Branch Call Number: 795.412 WHI NVD
Characteristics: 234 pages ; 20 cm


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Greene_GregL Feb 28, 2018

Colson Whitehead may claim to be a resident of the Republic of Anhedonia (where inhabitants aren't capable of experiencing pleasure), but he sure makes poker seem like a good time. This memoir of his entry into the World Series of Poker is a funny and oddly empathetic investigation of the often-quixotic appeal of Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

mikelindq Apr 13, 2015

Highly entertaining if one is familiar with poker and the TV/Internet/casino poker world. If you like Vince Van Patten's World Poker Tour TV commentary, you'll love this book. Gave me many chuckles, some guffaws, and a few real belly laughs. The LA/NY Times reviewers apparently didn't get the references; seems as if they couldn't move beyond the author's background/literary accomplishments. Maybe they would have appreciated it more if published under a pseudonym.

Jul 24, 2014

no appeal to me but I don't understand the game. Book didn't help

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