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.
The authors, both professional poker players and writers, offer the definitive history of a tournament that has grown from humble beginnings in 1970, with a mere eight players, into a cultural phenomenon with over 2,500 entrants and millions of dollars in prize money. 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 like Doyle "Dolly" Brunson, as well as the new generation of players who have gained notoriety; there are stories of booms and busts, of preternatural abilities to "read" opponents, of breathtaking bluffs and sometimes tragic flaws. Much of the book is devoted to recounting the pivotal hands that decided the outcomes of the 30-odd years of tournament play as well as insightful analysis of those hands. The allure of tournament poker-no doubt built in part on the fantasy that anyone, like the amateur 2003 WSOP winner Chris Moneymaker, can beat the Michael Jordans of the poker world-will bring many readers "all in." Agents, Greg Dinkin and Frank Scatoni. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"There is something for everyone in this entertaining account, history, description of pivotal hands, family feuding, criminal investigations." - The New York Times Book Review."