Shut Up and Deal
By Jesse May
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780385489409, 224pp.)
Publication Date: April 10, 1998
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Based on his experiences in the strange world of poker, May's debut novel "Shut Up and Deal" is the story of a nontraditional '90s slacker, a dropout with an incurable obsession and incredible stamina, who makes a career in a profession where the only goals are to stay in action and to not go broke. In "Shut Up and Deal, " a professional poker player takes readers along on his adventures over several years in and out of casinos and card rooms in locales such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Amsterdam.
Told in a catching, likeable voice, this story offers up one rip-roaring poker-table drama after another, with narrator Mickey ultimately finding himself in a spot that jeopardizes his entire bankroll and calls into question his morals, such as they are. In rhythmic, high-octane prose that is as addictive as the game it describes, "Shut Up and Deal" zooms in on the swirling, feverish microcosm of the contemporary poker world from its very first line and never cuts away.