The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King – a review

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I have just finished an interesting book written by Michael Craig entitled The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time.

This story details perhaps one of the biggest cash games ever played, in excess of $20 million dollars and these events occured between 2001 and 2004 between some of the best professional poker players in the industry and an amateur, a banker by the name of Andrew “Andy” Beal.

Before reading the book, I had not heard a word about this event and yet it involved almost all of the poker superstars that I follow and read about.

The cast of players included the likes of Doyle Brunson, Ted Forrest, “Chip” Reese, Todd Brunson, John Hennigan, Jennifer Harman, Chau Gang, Howard Lederer, Bary Greenstein,  to mention a few.

For the most part, these pros would play heads up or one on one with Andy Beal.  These were his demands and he made them so that he would not feel that he would be cheated. He tried to make them play in games with the blinds being at least $100,000/$200,000 or higher in order to get the pros off of their comfort levels.

Overall this book gives a good insight into the type of lives and thinking the poker pros use on a daily basis. This was a real eye opener for one who might aspire to reach their lofty ranks. You better bring plenty of gamble to the table with you and be prepared to lose as well.

This was a hard book for me to put down. I finished it within a week.

Do you read any poker books that are about the history of the game and about the players?

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