Fast Company: How Six Master Gamblers Defy the Odds - and Always Win

Fast Company How Six Master Gamblers Defy the Odds and Always Win Poker players Johnny Moss Pug Pearson and Titanic Thompson tennis player Bobby Riggs pool player Minnesota Fats and backgammon player Tim Holland have come away with their pockets filled and their s

  • Title: Fast Company: How Six Master Gamblers Defy the Odds - and Always Win
  • Author: Jon Bradshaw Nik Cohn
  • ISBN: 9781843440130
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poker players Johnny Moss, Pug Pearson, and Titanic Thompson tennis player Bobby Riggs pool player Minnesota Fats and backgammon player Tim Holland have come away with their pockets filled and their sense of infallibility intact The dramatic descriptions of the ambience and the games are riveting, but intriguingly, Jon Bradshaw deftly probes these gamblers mindsPoker players Johnny Moss, Pug Pearson, and Titanic Thompson tennis player Bobby Riggs pool player Minnesota Fats and backgammon player Tim Holland have come away with their pockets filled and their sense of infallibility intact The dramatic descriptions of the ambience and the games are riveting, but intriguingly, Jon Bradshaw deftly probes these gamblers minds and hearts as he attempts to define what makes some men winners and most losers.

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    1. This book from 1975 is a last hurrah of the titans of gambling's early 20th Century American heydey. The book examines the lives of hustlers, gamblers and proposition bettors of yore, Puggy Pearson (poker), Bobby Riggs (tennis), Minnesota Fats (pool), Tim Holland (backgammon), Johnny Moss (poker/pool), and Titanic Thompson (the pope of prop bets); allowing them to tell their own histories.Bradshaw does great research filling in the spaces between the oral histories of the hustlers, the overall c [...]

    2. An undiscovered gem of a non-fiction book. Six portrayals of great gamblers (and no, it's not a contradiction): Bobby Riggs (tennis), Johnny Moss (poker), Puggy Pearson (poker), Titanic Thompson (everything), Minnesota Fats (pool, of course), and Tim Holland (golf and backgammon). The six chapters are like perfect New Yorker profiles: colorful, interesting, and insightful. And beautifully written. Of Holland, he writes, "There was about him an entrepreneurial air, the arrogance air of a man who [...]

    3. Each individual profile is interesting, but follows the same flow, so it gets repetitive. Still an insightful look at the mindset of a gambler.

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