The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King (2005) In 2001, self-made Texas billionaire Andy Beal hit Vegas wanting to play high-stakes poker with the colorful, ice-in-the-veins pros who appear on TV's now-ubiquitous World… 2005-06-02 Nonfiction Warner Books
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The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King (2005)

The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King | 'SUICIDE' MISSION Craig tells the tale of high-stakes poker
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'SUICIDE' MISSION Craig tells the tale of high-stakes poker
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jun 02, 2005; Writer: Michael Craig; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Warner Books

In 2001, self-made Texas billionaire Andy Beal hit Vegas wanting to play high-stakes poker with the colorful, ice-in-the-veins pros who appear on TV's now-ubiquitous World Poker Tour. He had the temperament: In 2000, he'd calmly killed a start-up firm after sinking a reported $200 million of his own money. Beal realized he'd improve his chances if he could play Texas hold 'em one-on-one for Everest-high stakes, culminating in the most expensive poker matches ever: In one case, it was winner take all, with each side putting up $10 million (the pros played tag team, pooling their resources) and each bet costing $100,000 for the first two rounds and $200,000 for the last two. Michael Craig admirably reconstructs some of the play in The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King, but shuffles so often between sketches of the oddball pros that he loses any narrative momentum. Guess you really did have to be there.

Originally posted May 30, 2005 Published in issue #823 Jun 03, 2005 Order article reprints