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Take Me to the River: A Wayward and Perilous Journey to the World Series of Poker

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MEET PETER ALSON

An overeducated underachiever, he's spent his postcollege decades doing his best not to grow up. Now, having just turned the incomprehensible (to him) age of fifty, and staring down his own mortality, this rambling- gambling bachelor decides it's time to settle down. After years of equivocating, he pops the question to his longtime girlfriend. A wedding date is set for just after Labor Day, and to pay for it, a plan is hatched involving poker and a trip to Vegas.

Alson boards a plane bound for the neon desert on his way to the biggest game in town, the 2005 World Series of Poker. Thus begins Take Me to the River, a first-person account of one inveterate gambler and bad boy's quest to grow up while at the same time compete with more than 5,000 players vying for over $56 million in prize money during a scorching Vegas summer.

Take Me to the River is a hilarious, heart-wrenching tale of Las Vegas and an exploration of what it means to be part of one of the fastest-growing and most popular sports in the United States, at the moment of its apogee, and of the lessons that poker has to teach about probability and luck, good and bad fortune, patience, perseverance, and — most fitting for a man with marriage in his near future — commitment.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743288361
Subtitle:
A Wayward and Perilous Journey to the World Series of Poker
Author:
Alson, Peter
Foreword:
Koppleman, Brian
Author:
Koppleman, Brian
Publisher:
Atria
Subject:
Gambling
Subject:
Gambling - Card Games
Subject:
Poker
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Card Games - Poker
Copyright:
Publication Date:
July 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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