The Noble Hustle

The Noble Hustle

Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

eBook - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
3
"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. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780385537063
0385537069
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Greene_GregL Feb 28, 2018

Colson Whitehead may claim to be a resident of the Republic of Anhedonia (where inhabitants aren't capable of experiencing pleasure), but he sure makes poker seem like a good time. This memoir of his entry into the World Series of Poker is a funny and oddly empathetic investigation of the often-quixotic appeal of Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

mikelindq Apr 13, 2015

Highly entertaining if one is familiar with poker and the TV/Internet/casino poker world. If you like Vince Van Patten's World Poker Tour TV commentary, you'll love this book. Gave me many chuckles, some guffaws, and a few real belly laughs. The LA/NY Times reviewers apparently didn't get the references; seems as if they couldn't move beyond the author's background/literary accomplishments. Maybe they would have appreciated it more if published under a pseudonym.

2
2303tes
Jul 24, 2014

no appeal to me but I don't understand the game. Book didn't help

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at Arapahoe Libraries

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top