Straight Flush - Ben Mezrich

Straight Flush

By Ben Mezrich

  • Release Date: 2013-05-28
  • Genre: Games
Score: 4
From 139 Ratings


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House—the sources for the films The Social Network and 21—comes the larger-than-life true tale of a group of American college buddies who brilliantly built a billion-dollar online poker colossus based out of the hedonistic paradise of Costa Rica.

One problem: the U.S. Department of Justice was gunning for them. . . .

Based on extensive insider interviews and participation, acclaimed author Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush tells the captivating rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into, one of the largest online companies in the world, on par with some of the behemoths of the Internet. At its height, Absolute Poker was an online empire earning more than a million dollars a day, following savvy business strategy and even better luck. Its founders set up their operations in the exotic jungle paradise of Costa Rica, embracing an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money.

Meanwhile, the gray area of U.S. and international law in which the company operated was becoming a lot more risky, and soon the U.S. Department of Justice had placed a bull's-eye on Absolute Poker. Should they fold—or double down and ride their hot hand? Impossible to put down, Straight Flush is an exclusive, never-before-seen look behind the headlines of one of the wildest business stories of the past decade.


  • Excellent book

    By Anjan the king
    Is book reminds me of the glory days for this author, as I was turned off by Sex on the Moon and others. Tis books is fantastic and a page turner. You will not put it down, and if you read in bed at night like I do, you will lose a night of sleep. Great job, Ben, keep it up. AC
  • Straight Flush

    By Denoyelles
    This is another great book by Mezrich. All his books clearly stand for reality is greater than fiction. One could not make up this story.
  • Complete lie

    By bernbp5
    Makes villains into heroes by outright lying.
  • Fraud!!!

    By fixItNow911
    This books is nothing but lies!!!! People got stolen from.
  • Straight Flush

    By Amos1942
    One of the worst written books I have ever read. It could have been a really interesting story for a book in the hands of a good writer. Has a really great opening to catch your interest to buy the book, but goes downhill after that.
  • Straight Flush

    By usnjason77
    Great Story!!! Would recommend to anyone looking for an intriguing & entertaining read!