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The Man Behind the Shades: The Rise and Fall of Poker's Greatest Player

Nolan Dalla, Peter Alson

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

The extraordinary life of the best poker player who ever lived

When Stuey 'The Kid' Ungar took his first World Series of Poker title, one journalist asked him what he would do with the money. His answer: 'Gamble it'.

Stuey grew up among the hoodlums and wiseguys of New York's Lower East Side. A pint-sized high-school drop out who never worked a day in his life, never had a bank account or paid a penny in taxes, he lived to gamble and became the world's most feared card player. From the multi-million dollar fortune he won and lost, the addictions that consumed him, and one of the greatest phoenix-from-the-ashes comebacks of all time, this is the story of a Las Vegas legend.

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Praise for The Man Behind the Shades: The Rise and Fall of Poker's Greatest Player

  • 'A riveting read about a high-roller who put the fear of God into his opponents. Fascinating.' (4 stars) - COVENTRY EVENING TELEGRAPH

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Nolan Dalla

Nolan Dalla has been a gambler since childhood and is now a professional poker player and writer. He lives in Las Vegas. Peter Alson is a journalist and author of the highly acclaimed memoir Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie. He lives in New York.

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