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Famed Author Ben Mezrich ready to release Absolute Poker Book

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Ben Mezrich, who wrote the world-famous books Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions and The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal, has announced that he’s getting close to releasing his latest work, Straight Flush.

This book, which deals heavily with Absolute Poker, is due out on May 28th and can be pre-ordered now. Mezrich has said in plenty of interviews that this story will cover how six University of Montana frat brothers created one of the biggest online poker sites in the world. Judging from the clip seen here, it looks as if the author will also go into detail on the Black Friday indictment and legal matters involving the Absolute owners too.

At this point, it’s difficult to know what else will be included in Straight Flush. However, one angle that may not be included is all of the scandals at Absolute Poker – the biggest of which involved a superuser scandal where AP management were able to see the hole cards of their players. This cost a number of players millions of dollars, and the perpetrators went largely unpunished.

Of course, when looking at Mezrich’s past works, it may make sense that he’s avoiding the cheating issue. Both Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Millionaires deal with young people who stumbled into very lucrative professions. Telling the story of frat boys who went from cash-strapped college students to multi-millionaires would definitely be in the same vein as the aforementioned works.

But this isn’t so say that Mezrich will completely avoid the scandals that plagued AP. After all, the book won’t even be released for another month and a half, so a lot could change.

Author Ben Mezrich to write Absolute Poker Book

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Ben Mezrich is a well known non-fiction author who has taken up a new project that focuses on the defunct Absolute Poker and its founders. As you may already know, Absolute was a fairly scandal-ridden poker site that went down after Black Friday along with millions of dollars in players’ money.

It’s still too early to see what angle the author will take with this story, but Mezrich has hinted at writing a great deal about those who started Absolute Poker – a group of University of Montana students. One of the hints Mezrich gave us was when he said, “They’re brilliant kids who built an empire in a way. And now they’re being persecuted because they did something to me that was very American.”

The only problem with this book idea as far as the poker world is concerned involves the large amount of negative feelings that most players have for Absolute Poker. Like we discussed before, Absolute Poker was responsible for losing millions of dollars in player deposits when they went offline. Furthermore, there was once a superuser scandal at Absolute that gave certain players the ability to see their opponents’ hole cards.

Ben Mezrich’s name may not be familiar to everybody, but the work he’s done should ring a few bells. He is widely recognized for his book “Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions,” which served as the basis for the movie 21.  Additionally, he wrote, “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Take of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal,” which spawned The Social Network.