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Straight Flush - The True Story of Five College Kids Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-dollar Empire-and How It All Came Crashing Downa

Ben Mezrich

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House-the sources for the films The Social Network and 21- comes the larger-than-life true tale of a group of American college buddies who brilliantly built a billion-dollar online poker colossus based out of the hedonistic paradise of Costa Rica. One problem: the U.S. Department of Justice was gunning for them. . . . Based on extensive insider interviews and participation, acclaimed author Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush tells the captivating rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into AbsolutePoker.com, one of the largest online companies in the world, on par with some of the behemoths of the Internet. At its height, Absolute Poker was an online empire earning more than a million dollars a day, following savvy business strategy and even better luck. Its founders set up their operations in the exotic jungle paradise of Costa Rica, embracing an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money. Meanwhile, the gray area of U.S. and international law in which the company operated was becoming a lot more risky, and soon the U.S. Department of Justice had placed a bull's-eye on Absolute Poker. Should they fold-or double down and ride their hot hand? Impossible to put down, Straight Flush is an exclusive, never-before-seen look behind the headlines of one of the wildest business stories of the past decade.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House-the sources for the films The Social Network and 21- comes the larger-than-life true tale of a group of American college buddies who brilliantly built a billion-dollar online poker colossus based out of the hedonistic paradise of Costa Rica. One problem: the U.S. Department of Justice was gunning for them. . . . Based on extensive insider interviews and participation, acclaimed author Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush tells the captivating rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into AbsolutePoker.com, one of the largest online companies in the world, on par with some of the behemoths of the Internet. At its height, Absolute Poker was an online empire earning more than a million dollars a day, following savvy business strategy and even better luck. Its founders set up their operations in the exotic jungle paradise of Costa Rica, embracing an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money. Meanwhile, the gray area of U.S. and international law in which the company operated was becoming a lot more risky, and soon the U.S. Department of Justice had placed a bull's-eye on Absolute Poker. Should they fold-or double down and ride their hot hand? Impossible to put down, Straight Flush is an exclusive, never-before-seen look behind the headlines of one of the wildest business stories of the past decade.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House-the sources for the films The Social Network and 21- comes the larger-than-life true tale of a group of American college buddies who brilliantly built a billion-dollar online poker colossus based out of the hedonistic paradise of Costa Rica. One problem: the U.S. Department of Justice was gunning for them. . . . Based on extensive insider interviews and participation, acclaimed author Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush tells the captivating rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into AbsolutePoker.com, one of the largest online companies in the world, on par with some of the behemoths of the Internet. At its height, Absolute Poker was an online empire earning more than a million dollars a day, following savvy business strategy and even better luck. Its founders set up their operations in the exotic jungle paradise of Costa Rica, embracing an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money. Meanwhile, the gray area of U.S. and international law in which the company operated was becoming a lot more risky, and soon the U.S. Department of Justice had placed a bull's-eye on Absolute Poker. Should they fold-or double down and ride their hot hand? Impossible to put down, Straight Flush is an exclusive, never-before-seen look behind the headlines of one of the wildest business stories of the past decade.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sean Pratt

Length:

7h 9m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

24:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

10:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

15:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

17:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

24:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

14:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:42