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The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385537056
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Published: Doubleday Books - May 6th, 2014

“I have a good poker face because I am
half dead inside.” So begins the hilarious and unexpectedly moving
adventures of an amateur player who lucked into a seat at the biggest
card game in town—the World Series of Poker.

In 2011 Grantland magazine sent award-winning novelist Colson
Whitehead to brave the harrowing, seven-day gauntlet of the World Series
of Poker in Las Vegas. It was the assignment of a lifetime, except for
one hitch—he’d never played in a casino tournament before.

With just six weeks to train, our humble narrator plunged into the
gritty subculture of high-stakes Texas Hold’em. There’s poker here,
sure, which means joy and heartbreak, grizzled cowboys from the game’s
golden age, and teenage hotshots weaned on internet gambling. Not to
mention the overlooked problem of coordinating Atlantic City bus
schedules with your kid’s drop-off and pick-up at school.

And then there’s Vegas.

In a world full of long shots and short odds, The Noble Hustle
is a sure bet, a raucously funny social satire whose main target is the
author himself. Whether you’ve been playing cards your whole life or
have never picked up a hand, you’re sure to agree that this book
contains some of the best writing about beef jerky ever put to paper.