Take Me to the River A Wayward and Perilous Journey to the

Take Me to the River A Wayward and Perilous Journey to the World Series of Poker [PDF / EPUB] Take Me to the River A Wayward and Perilous Journey to the World Series of Poker 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 to the MOBI ☆ 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 euivocating he pops the uestion to his longtime Me to the River A Epub / 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 VegasAlson boards a plane bound for the neon desert on his way to the biggest Take Me Epub / game in town the World Series of Poker Thus begins Take Me to the River a first person account of one inveterate gambler and bad boy's uest to grow up while at the same time compete with than players vying for over million in prize money during a scorching Vegas summerTake 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 Me to the PDF/EPUB Â 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.


8 thoughts on “Take Me to the River A Wayward and Perilous Journey to the World Series of Poker

  1. says:

    an excellent poker book with just the right mix of real life the author attends the 2005 World Series of Poker and shares his view on how much the poker scene has changed in the last few years lots of good hand play description many vignettes about well known players and a somewhat touching personal story very good


  2. says:

    I love this bookI first read it when I was in high school I identified with the author immediately his character traits his outlook his view of others his sense of humorI've since read it a few times and consider it one of the most underrated poker books out there From this last reading it's even interesting as it's now becoming a bit of a historical piece The 2005 WSOP Main Event was a wild time that I wish I could have experienced Nothing is like it nothing will ever be like it again Poker was peaking popularity of the game was at an all time high and the buzz around it was palpable I was at the WSOP in a professional capacity from 2011 2016 and I always dreamed of what it would be like to see this event through the eyes of someone in 2005 I also just consistently enjoy reliving the story of Peter's summer He didn't win the Main Event He didn't win a bracelet He had successes failures looming life pressure off the felt it's all too relatable This story becomes poignant in a new way every time I read it


  3. says:

    The fact that Alson makes the worries of getting enough material to write a book on the 2005 WSOP a major thread of TAKE ME TO THE RIVER might have influenced my sense that the excellent writing and often exciting and insightful poker action suffers from significant padding Then again I didn't get into the Binion murder plot in Jim McManus's Positively Fifth Street a book which Alson refers to with unabashed admiration Perhaps he could have chosen his sidekicks better I would have recommended the well tested method of Redmond O'Hanlon's or Bill Bryson's of dragging along a perfectly unsuitable companion Nor did he have the incredible fortune of McManus of going deep into the tournament Still a notable addition to the literature of gambling Las Vegas and high stakes poker By the way since the book was written Alson has cashed out in two WSOP events for a total of about 8500 Hope the live games have been running better


  4. says:

    Alson plays uite a big semi bluff in this book but he can't resist flashing his cards at the end of it In truth this book is little than that tired format of a journalist writer having a crack at the top end of a sport and then writing about how tough it is It's a well worn path But Alson sells this as if he is a hard core down at heel poker player giving it one last crack to get enough cash marry his sweetheart and lead an honest life It's nothing of the kind as is revealed as the book goes on Alson is a fairly successful writer he has a screenplay in production even while he is in vegas he has books published and a fair career He lives the life of an author not a hardcore gambler There a some really revealing scenes I mean who writes about what happens after he meets his girlfriend after 6 weeks it says about this man child than a biographer could do in 100 pages His writing is at his best when at the poker table as one would expect from a poker journo


  5. says:

    A uick read and interesting story of a writer playing in the World Series of Poker Poker fans will recognize several names and events I found it a much pleasant read than Positively 5th Street which was essentially the same experience a few years prior but with a much self absorbed vantage point


  6. says:

    I'm a sucker for a well written tale that interweaves poker and real life Positively Fifth Street is a hard high water mark to approach so it's unfair to compare this or any book to the McManus classic This was thoroughly enjoyable


  7. says:

    Good poker memoir Very clever Reviewed for Card Player


  8. says:

    A good recounting of the authors play at the WSOP Main Event


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