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On Sale: March 06, 2013
Pages: 224 | ISBN: 978-0-307-76654-0
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In 1987, there was legalized poker in Nevada and in one county of California. Author Jesse May was seventeen years old and already hooked. By 1996, poker could be legally played in casinos in over twenty states of the union and five countries in Europe. Legalization changed the face of poker, and as the game came of age, so did May, who by 1989 had dropped out of the University of Chicago after one year due to irreconcilable differences between Tuesday- and Thursday-morning classes and Monday- and Wednesday-night poker games.

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.
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JESSE MAY has written for Poker Digest and High Stakes Magazine, and is the author of the novel Shut Up and Deal. He is the voice and play-by-play commentator on the British television series “Late Night Poker.” Originally from New Jersey, he now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, but can usually be found wherever the best game is.

  • Shut Up and Deal by Jesse May
  • April 13, 1998
  • Fiction - Literary
  • Anchor
  • $15.00
  • 9780385489409

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