One problem: the U.S. Department of Justice was gunning for them. . . .
Based on extensive insider interviews and participation, acclaimed author Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush tells the captivating rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into AbsolutePoker.com, one of the largest online companies in the world, on par with some of the behemoths of the Internet. At its height, Absolute Poker was an online empire earning more than a million dollars a day, following savvy business strategy and even better luck. Its founders set up their operations in the exotic jungle paradise of Costa Rica, embracing an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money.
Meanwhile, the gray area of U.S. and international law in which the company operated was becoming a lot more risky, and soon the U.S. Department of Justice had placed a bull's-eye on Absolute Poker. Should they fold—or double down and ride their hot hand? Impossible to put down, Straight Flush is an exclusive, never-before-seen look behind the headlines of one of the wildest business stories of the past decade.
John Malcolm was the ultimate gunslinger in the Wild East, prepared to take on any level of risk in making mind-boggling sums of money. He and his friends were hedge-fund cowboys, living life on the adrenaline-, sex-, and drugs-fueled edge—kids running billion-dollar portfolios, trading information in the back rooms of high-class brothels and at VIP tables in nightclubs across the Far East.
Malcolm and his Ivy League-schooled twenty-something colleagues, with their warped sense of morality, created their own economic theory that would culminate in a single deal the likes of which had never been seen before—or since.
Ugly Americans is a story of extremes, charged with wealth, nerve, excess, and glamour. A real-life mixture of Liar's Poker and Wall Street, brimming with intense action, romance, underground sex, vivid locales, and exotic characters, Ugly Americans is the untold true story that rocked the financial community.
- Full walkthrough of the main storyline.
- Some coverage of side quests and other optional objectives.
- Partial Trophy/achievement roadmap and guide.
Coming Soon 1.1:
- All side quests and optional objectives complete.
- A full trophy/achievement road map showing you the best order to complete each achievement.
- Finished lists and explanations of all spritnites, recipes and other items.
- Full gameplay explanations and tips to get the most out of your journey.
Maybe you’ve never played poker before and you don’teven know what a full house is. Poker For Dummies covers thebasics. Or perhaps you've played for years, but you justdon’t know how to win. This handy guide will help you walkaway from the poker table with winnings, not lint, in your pockets.If you’re a poker expert, you still canbenefit – some of the suggestions may surprise you,and you can certainly learn from the anecdotes from professionalplayers like T.J. Cloutier and Stu Unger.
Know what it takes to start winning hand after hand by exploringstrategy; getting to know antes and betting structure; knowing youropponents, and understanding the odds. Poker For Dummiesalso covers the following topics and more:Poker games such as Seven-Card Stud, Omaha, and TexasHold'emSetting up a game at homePlaying in a casino: Do's and don'tsImproving your play with Internet and video pokerDeciphering poker sayings and slangTen ways to read your opponent's body languagePlaying in poker tournamentsMoney management and recordkeepingKnowing when and how to bluff
Poker looks like such a simple game. Anyone, it seems, can playit well – but that's far from the truth. Learningthe rules can be quick work, but becoming a winning player takesconsiderably longer. Still, anyone willing to make the effort canbecome a good player. You can succeed in poker the way you succeedin life: by facing it squarely, getting up earlier than the nextperson, and working harder and smarter than the competition.
Foreword by Chris Moneymaker, 2003 World Series of PokerChampion.