The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death

The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death by Colson Whitehead 0345804333 9780345804334
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From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys - "Whitehead proves a brilliant sociologist of the poker world." --The Boston Globe

In 2011, Grantland magazine gave bestselling novelist Colson Whitehead $10,000 to play at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It was the assignment of a lifetime, except for one hitch--hed never played in a casino tournament before. With just six weeks to train, our humble narrator took the Greyhound to Atlantic City to learn the ways of high-stakes Texas Holdem.

Poker culture, he discovered, is marked by joy, heartbreak, and grizzled veterans playing against teenage hotshots weaned on Internet gambling. Not to mention the not-to-be overlooked issue of coordinating Port Authority bus schedules with your kids drop-off and pickup at school. Finally arriving in Vegas for the multimillion-dollar tournament, Whitehead brilliantly details his progress, both literal and existential, through the events antes and turns, through its gritty moments of calculation, hope, and spectacle. Entertaining, ironic, and strangely profound, this epic search for meaning at the World Series of Poker is a sure bet.

Look for Colson Whiteheads bestselling new novel, Harlem Shuffle!

: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death

Author: Colson Whitehead

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 256

Publisher: Anchor

Publication Date: 2015-03-03


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