Ship It Holla Ballas!

How a Bunch of 19-Year-Old College Dropouts Used the Internet to Become Poker's Loudest, Craziest, and Richest Crew

Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback

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To be a kid in 2006 meant growing up with the Internet. A group of smart, resourceful teens used it to master the game of poker. Taking advantage of online poker’s lightning-fast pace and lackluster efforts at age verification, they earned, in just a few months, the kind of professional gambling experience that used to take a lifetime.

The Ship It Holla Ballas were the most successful cards crew to come out of this new world order. With handles like Good2cu, Apathy, and Raptor, they communicated through message boards and online chats, comparing hands, sharing advice, and working together to develop new strategies. Emerging from dorm rooms and basements in places like Fort Worth, Texas; Okemos, Michigan; and Toronto, Canada, they joined up in Vegas, parked themselves in a mansion, and stuck it to the poker establishment—winning tens of millions of dollars before most of them were old enough to set foot inside a casino. Along the way, they did what any red-blooded teenagers with mountains of cash and no responsibilities would do: partied like rock stars, transforming themselves from Internet nerds with zero life skills into legends.

This is the twisted and incredible true story of the rise and fall of Internet poker, seen through the eyes of its most unlikely stars: teenage college dropouts, united by social media, who bluffed their way to the top of the game.

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Kirkus | SHIP IT HOLLA BALLAS! by Jonathan Grotenstein, Storms Reback
A brisk history of Internet poker through the eyes of a group of teens who aced it.
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Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback

JONATHAN GROTENSTEIN is a former professional poker player and the author or co-author of eight books. His first book, Poker: The Real Deal (with Phil Gordon), remains one of the bestselling poker books of all-time.

STORMS REBACK is a former professional poker player and the co-author of two books, including All In: The (Almost) Entirely True Story of the World Series of Poker (with Jonathan Grotenstein).

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Ship It Holla Ballas!
How a Bunch of 19-Year-Old College Dropouts Used the Internet to Become Poker's Loudest, Craziest, and Richest Crew
Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250041920
ISBN10: 1250041929
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes one 16-page black-and-white photo section
$15.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
January 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250006653
ISBN10: 1250006651
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Plus one 8-page black-and-white photograph insert
$25.99

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January 2013
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ISBN: 9781250021274
ISBN10: 1250021278
320 pages
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