Straight Flush

Straight Flush

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Straight Flush is the true story of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local bar into one of the largest online poker companies in the world. At its height, the group's online empire was bringing in revenues of over a million dollars a day. The industry they launched grew so huge so fast, and in such a grey area of US and international law, at first it was never really clear whether their actions were legal or criminal. From setting up their operations in Costa Rica, to their efforts at building a veil of legitimacy in Vancouver; from embracing a hedonistic lifestyle of girls, drugs and money to becoming some of the richest people in the world; from engaging in operations against their competitors that sometimes escalated into near all-out wars to the legal battles that finally resulted in one of them heading to prison and another living life on the run - Straight Flush is an exclusive look behind the headlines of one of the biggest stories of the past more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 161 x 240 x 30mm | 586g
  • Cornerstone
  • William Heinemann Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0434022640
  • 9780434022649
  • 1,297,815

About Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich is the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House in addition to many other books, both fiction and non-fiction. The major motion picture 21, starring Kevin Spacey, was based on Bringing Down the House. The Oscar-winning film The Social Network was adapted from The Accidental Billionaires. Mezrich lives in Boston with his wife and more

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"Mezrich writes some of the most exciting non-fiction books I've ever read ... This is a fascinating tale ... Mezrich's huge strength as an author is that he manages to bring characters to life so quickly. Within a few chapters, everyone who he's writing about has been vividly described and I was desperate to find out what happened to each of them" The Bookbag "Peppered with fast cars, cocktails, parties and beautiful women, this is an exhilarating ride." Press Association, syndicated review "Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush reads like a thriller and it rattles along at breakneck speed ... It's a well written book about an internet start up and how it all went wrong." Irish Times "Mesmerizing" Sorted magazine - 5 STARS "A pacy read" Sunday Business Postshow more

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Praise for Ben Mezrich: The Accidental Billionaires ‘Pure summer fun … juicy, fast-paced, unputdownable’ Kevin Spacey ‘Even if you’ve never logged on to facebook, the premise behind this true story is irresistible … a 21st-century fable, it unfolds with all the narrative verve of a novel’ Daily Mail Bringing Down the House ‘A book that will surely become a classic of its genre’ Sunday Express Breaking Vegas ‘Stylish and captivating … A must read at all costs’ Daily Mirror Sex on the Moon ‘Everything you’d expect from Mezrich … it delivers clever people from doing clever things, betrayals and ingenious schemes and the sort of narrative arc that urges you to consume it all in one sitting … grippingly written.’ The Timesshow more

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