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Take Me To The River : A Wayward and Perilous Journey to the World Series of Poker - Peter Alson

Take Me To The River

A Wayward and Perilous Journey to the World Series of Poker

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An overeducated underachiever, Peter Alson spent his post-college decades doing his best not to grow up. But having just turned fifty, this rambling-gambling bachelor decides it's time to settle down. So he pops the question to his longtime girlfriend, then hatches a plan to pay for their wedding -- involving poker and a trip to Las Vegas. Boarding a plane bound for the neon desert and the biggest game in town -- the 2005 World Series of Poker -- this inveterate gambler and bad boy stares down his past and his future while competing for over $56 million in prize money.

Take Me to the River is a hilarious, wrenching, full-tilt Vegas exploration of one man's obsession with poker and the lessons it has to offer -- about probability and luck, good fortune and bad, patience, perseverance, and -- most fitting for a man with marriage in his near future -- commitment.

"Without question, one of the finest poker books ever written." -- James McManus, bestselling author of Positively Fifth Street "Alson is at his best in recounting pivotal hands from his tournament experiences. He expertly builds suspense while explaining how he observes his opponents for clues and calculates his chances of winning a hand." -- St. Petersburg Times "Literary, smartly written." -- The Poker Gazette "A compelling look inside the often tortured lives of professional gamblers." -- Mason Levinson, Bloomberg News "[Alson's] transparent prose is ferociously honest and deceptively simple." -- Matthew Klam, author of Sam the Cat and Other Stories "A bloody good read." - Poker Life

Forwardby Brian Koppelmanp. ix
Prologuep. 1
Vegas from the Airp. 9
Heart of Icep. 26
A Thin Slice of Nothingp. 48
The Troglodyte on the Couchp. 79
Something Bright and Shiny and Worth the Painp. 107
The Heart is a Lonely Hunterp. 119
Seduction, Fantasy, and Getting Lucky(Not Necessarily in That Order)p. 140
Almost All of Them Are Toughp. 165
Strangers When We Meetp. 188
A Senior Momentp. 210
The Perfect Pathp. 226
The Quick and the Deadp. 239
The Mighty Caseyp. 257
The Single Most Depressing Day of the Yearp. 267
Epiloguep. 281
Acknowledgmentsp. 285
Selected Readingp. 289
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780743288378
ISBN-10: 0743288378
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 18th September 2007
Publisher: Atria Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1