Author Ben Mezrich who is best known for his The Accidental Billionaires recently sat down with Forbes and discussed how he put together his new book, Straight Flush: The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire–and How It All Came Crashing Down.
Mezrich said that after his rise to fame with The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, he gets a number of leads from young people who want him to cover their story of success. Most of these leads come via email and social network and Mezrich has to be picky with regards to which lead he wants to pursue for his next project.
One of the founders of Absolute Poker got in touch with Mezrich in a similar manner and the story of how they formed and grew Absolute Poker into a billion dollar company intrigued Mezrich and he decided to spend his time researching and writing up Straight Flush: The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire–and How It All Came Crashing Down.
The book covers just about everything, from how these 6 friends moved to Costa Rica and built Absolute Poker, to their struggles with cocaine, affairs and making and losing a fortune. Mezrich also looks at how Black Friday affected the entire online poker industry and how Absolute Poker had to cope and survive.
When asked about his thoughts on online poker and if it should be banned in the United States, Mezrich said
Of course not. The lottery is legal and regulated and run in nearly every state. Horse racing exists in many states. There are casinos nearly everywhere. The whole country bets on March Madness. Poker is a game of skill; online poker should be regulated and taxed, like it is in nearly every other country in the world.
Those who read the book can be expected to be inspired and entertained as it focuses on the highs and lows of starting from nothing and building an empire and battling various challenges to keep it afloat. In closing, Mezrich said Sometimes you really do need to know when to hold em, when to fold em, and when to just walk away. The book is sure to gain a lot of attention in the United States, now that most states are reconsidering their legal stand on online poker