|Title||Positively Fifth Street|
|Pros||Very well written account of the author's journey to and through the 2000 WSOP Main Event.|
|Cons||About half the book has little to do with poker and may not be interesting if you aren't into sensational murders.|
|35||Family, Career, Even Life||3|
|107||The Poker of Science||6|
|125||Nobody Said Anything||7|
|149||Chicks With Decks||8|
|185||Death in the Afternoon||9|
|222||On the Bubble||11|
|249||Song for Two Jims||12|
|311||The Last Supper||14|
|355||Zombies Is Bawth of 'Em||16|
|369||Tons and Tons of Luck||17|
|387||Afterword: A Gray Aria|
Despite never having cashed in a notable tournament before the 2000 WSOP started, McManus was already a pretty good poker player. He would go on to reach the WSOP final table of the 2004 $5,000 Limit Hold 'Em (4th for $70,080) and the 2006 $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold 'Em (6th for $53,690) and is still a regular on the WSOP Circuit and the annual festival in Las Vegas.
Harper's magazine actually sent him to Vegas to cover several other stories:
The chapter has more sex and violence than most poker books, and the drug abuse is right up there with
and Check-Raising the Devil. Ted Binion was certainly no more of a saint than his father Benny was.
While that sounds more exciting than poker, the rest of the story about how they almost got away with it but were later put on trial begins to drag a little. But that's when the poker part of the book picks up.McManus gives a short history of poker, including the invention of playing cards, the Wild West, Wild Bill Hickok, and Las Vegas. He lays out the tale of Nick Dandolos and Johnny Moss's supposed marathon poker match3
The likely truth is that two or more separate events have been confused. Dandolos and Moss may very well have played a private poker match in 1949. And there may have been a public event at the front of the Horseshoe Casino after it opened in 1951. But neither Dandolos nor Moss had a role in the latter. Jack Binion spoke about the confusion in June 2017.
After some last-minute strategy advice from a T.J. Cloutier book and a lamentation of the corners Becky Behnen has cut with the World Series of Poker, the 2000 WSOP Main Event finally begins in Chapter 9 with a few hand recaps from Day 1. The meat of the Main Event with many more hand descriptions runs from Chapters 11 to 14, continuing through the end of the tournament.