Positively Fifth Street
Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker
Publication Date: March 2004
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In the spring of 2000, " Harper's Magazine" sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker, in particular the progress of women in the $23 million event, and the murder of Ted Binion, the tournament's prodigal host, purportedly done in by a stripper and her boyfriend. But when McManus arrives, the lure of the tables compels him to risk his entire Harper's advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. This is his deliciously suspenseful account of the tournament--the players, the hand-to-hand combat, his own unlikely progress in it--and the delightfully seedy carnival atmosphere that surrounds it." Positively Fifth Street" is a high-stakes adventure and a terrifying but often hilarious account of one man's effort to understand what Edward O. Wilson has called "Pleistocene exigencies"--the eros and logistics of our competitive instincts.
About the AuthorJames McManus is a novelist and poet, most recently winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for sports journalism. He teaches writing and comparative literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, including a course on the literature and science of poker. He is the author of "Positively Fifth Street".
John C. McManus formerly was assistant director of the University of Tennessee's Center for the Study of War and Society. He now lives in St. Louis where he teaches history at a local college.