Saturday, June 21, 2003

Book Review – Positively Fifth Street

June 21, 2003

I’ve been reading a lot of gambling related books recently – although “Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of Poker” by James McManus is the first non-fiction book I’ll review here. Sent by Harper’s to produce a story on the growing success of women in the biggest poker event on the planet and on the trial of the stripper and her boyfriend charged with killing Ted Binion, McManus finds himself in the middle of his story when he risks his book advance to win entry into the 2000 tournament. His story takes on a new dimension when he bucks the odds and makes it to the promised land of poker, the “final table.”