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All In

All In

The (Almost) Entirely True Story of the World Series of Poker

Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback; Foreword by Legendary Poker Champion T. J. Cloutier

St. Martin's Griffin

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All In is the story of the greatest tournament in the world---the World Series of Poker--- from its humble beginnings in 1970 as a mere gathering of Texas road gamblers to its present status as a cultural phenomenon, attracting exhaustive national television coverage, legions of fans, and thousands of players.
Professional poker players themselves, authors Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback take an entertaining look at this unique experience, recounting its history through the breathtaking and sometimes brutal hands played at the Horseshoe's tables. They introduce the colorful and seemingly fearless characters who have been lured by huge paydays---and the chance to play against the best in the world; including the legends Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim, Stuey "The Kid" Ungar, and Chris Moneymaker.
All In is a no-limit look at the phenomenal transformation of poker from a vice hidden in shady back rooms into the hottest game on the planet.

"Jonathan Grotenstein and coauthor Storms Reback, have done a remarkable job of research in writing All In."
---PokerMag.com

"If you've ever played a hand of Texas Hold'em, you won't want to miss this book."
---Amarillo Slim Preston, 1972 World Series of Poker champion and author of Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People

"Almost every poker aficionado will greatly enjoy this book."
--- Card Player magazine

"Reading this book is like having Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim, and every single one of the World Series of Poker champions over to the house for dinner, a beer, tall tales, and a fine game of No-Limit Texas Hold'em."
---Phil Gordon, coauthor of Poker: The Real Deal and cohost of Celebrity Poker Showdown

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Chapter One
TWO THE HARD WAY

Johnny Moss was not a handsome man. He was almost entirely bald, while failing eyesight towards the end of his life required he wear a preposterously thick pair of glasses. Without them, his face lacked...

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Praise for All In

“There is something for everyone in this entertaining account by Grotenstein and Reback, both players themselves; history, descriptions of pivotal hands, family feuding, criminal investigations.” —New York Times Book Review

“...an entertaining revelation of the current theatrical passion for poker.” —The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)

“In the world of poker, there are as many side stories as there are players, and Grotenstein and Reback mine to good effect the lore surrounding old school legends.” —Publishers Weekly

“...a thorough and engaging account.” —Eric Raskin, All In Magazine

“The book is perfect.” —Casinogaming.com

“If you've ever played a hand of Texas Hold'em, you won't want to miss this book.” —Amarillo Slim Preston, 1972 World Series of Poker champion and author of Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People

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About the author

Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback; Foreword by Legendary Poker Champion T. J. Cloutier

Jonathan Grotenstein is a writer and professional poker player living in Los Angeles. He is the coauthor (with Phil Gordon) of Poker: The Real Deal.

Storms Reback is a writer and professional poker player living in Austin, Texas. A former sports reporter and columnist for Jackson Hole News, he recently completed his first novel.

Jonathan Grotenstein

© Kristin Muller

Storms Reback

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