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Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker

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A book by James McManus

In 2000, novelist and poet James McManus was sent to Las Vegas, innocently enough, byHarper'smagazine to write a story about the World Series of Poker held annually at Binion's Horseshoe. But then, as so often happens on trips to Sin City, something … see full wiki

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Author: James McManus
Publisher: Picador
1 review about Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs,...

Dated Book That Jumps All Over The Place

  • Jul 14, 2010
I had known about Positively Fifth Street for quite some time, but only recently finished reading it. I expected an instant classic in the realm of poker, instead I got an average/above average book that is dated and jumpy to say the least. Back in 2003 this book would have been fresh and more interesting, but the emphasis on this book is more on the murder of Ted Binion and the parties related than the WSOP. Having said that, I still think this book could have been a lot better if McManus had done a better job ordering the content in a more logical, streamlined way. Instead, we get a book the takes off 60 mph in one direction, take a 35 degree turn, now go 87 mph, turn 210 degrees, now lets go 32 mph, rinse, repeat, wash again.

I kept trying to really like this book but I just couldn't. I wasn't looking for a book on how to play poker, just an entertaining poker read. I WAS entertained at times, but the jumpiness hurts this quite a bit. I found that I was putting the book down for days at a time, picking it back up, then having to figure out what was last discussed. Also, the author spends waaay too much time on content that could be better discussed in much fewer pages throughout.

I really can't recommend the book. It's enjoyable, but not enough for me to ever consider reading it again.

3 stars and that's it.


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