One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey ',The Kid', Ungar, The World's Greatest Poker Player

By Nolan Dalla, Peter Alson

Now in paperback comes the first and authorized biography of Stuey Ungar, the best card participant of all time, who used to be sponsored via the Mob in manhattan sooner than relocating to Las Vegas the place he received the realm sequence of Poker thrice, then died mysteriously in a seedy inn at the Vegas strip on the age of 45.

He used to be the Jim Morrison of the on line casino, a legend prior to he used to be of felony age. Stuey Ungar, the son of a Jewish bookie on Manhattan's decrease East aspect, dropped out of highschool to develop into an underground card-table sensation, ultimately getting rid of each best gin-rummy participant at the East Coast. Bankrolled by means of the Genovese crime relatives, Stuey may quickly commute round the kingdom looking for new rivals and opportunities—including poker. He may pass directly to win the realm sequence of Poker a list thrice. after which his good fortune started to run out.

One of a Kind is the startling story of a guy who gained at his online game and misplaced regulate of his existence. no matter if tossing away his winnings on the racetrack or on a unmarried roll of the cube, Stuey used to be infamous for playing each greenback in his pocket. even though he had received an envisioned $30 million in his lifetime, Stuey had no checking account, now not even a house tackle. He used to be discovered useless in a Vegas motel—with $800 in money on his individual, the single cash he had left—at the age of forty-five.

An intimate, licensed biography—Nolan Dalla was once commissioned via Stuey in 1998 to pen his tale, leading to thousands of hours of taped interviews and conversations—One of a Kind illuminates the darkish genius of 1 of poker's so much memorable figures.

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In the course of a holiday, Stuey ran as much as his resort room on the Horseshoe and referred to as his outdated mentor Victor Romano. through the past eighteen months, he had maintained shut touch with either Victor and Philly Tartaglia. Romano had severe health and wellbeing matters, and consequently had in the reduction of on his playing ventures to spend extra time together with his relatives. yet he made certain that Philly was once there to take his position in Stuey’s lifestyles, and Philly had made various visits to Vegas to determine Stuey. “Yeah? ” Victor stated, making a choice on up the telephone. “I’m doing good,” Stuey stammered into the telephone so quick that it was once virtually challenging to appreciate him. “I’m going to win it. ” Victor knew that “it” used to be the WSOP, yet he requested Stuey to decelerate and inform him all approximately it. As Stuey acknowledged the story of his match, the strikes he’d made, the arms the place he’d gotten unfortunate, and what lay forward, Victor interrupted him. “We’re popping out. ” “W-what? ” “Philly and me are gonna seize the subsequent flight out. ” Stuey used to be surprised and delighted. He bought off the telephone and lower back to the event quarter, extra made up our minds than ever to win. the group squeezed in shut, attempting to stick with the motion on the ultimate tables as play resumed. underneath framed pictures of Doyle Brunson, Johnny Moss, slender, and different prior champions, the contenders jousted with each other, having a bet and elevating, laying their poker lives at the line. the gang applauded every time a participant was once eradicated and used to be compelled to face up, shell-shocked, and stagger clear of the desk. Stuey endured to play aggressively, amassing chips. by way of the top of the day, the avid gamers have been right down to the ultimate 9, and he was once moment, with $93,500. Gabe Kaplan used to be firmly within the lead with $203,100. everybody learned that if Kaplan have been to carry on and win, it'd be a public family coup. He used to be basically a crowd favourite, and—not surprisingly—he enjoyed the highlight, enjoying to the viewers at each chance. Kaplan were into poker due to the fact that youth and was once a standard on the Gardena card rooms in l. a.. Now, he was once residing out each player’s myth. On day 3, a wide crowd, which now integrated Victor Romano and Philly Brush, amassed round a well-lit desk in the dead of night wood-paneled middle of the Horseshoe. It took six complete hours to cast off 3 of the 9 finalists, a marathon by way of poker criteria. on account that in simple terms the head 5 have been being paid, the following unfortunate sufferer may stroll away with not anything for his 3 days of labor, whereas the remaining might compete for escalating payouts, 5th via first, from a complete of $730,000 in prize funds. To the disgruntlement of many, Gabe Kaplan, the gang favourite, who had all started the day with a tremendous chip lead, became out to be the unlucky bubble boy. a sequence of undesirable beats whittled him down, and after one ultimate unfortunate flip of the playing cards, he rose slowly from his seat and exited degree left. That left 5. there have been no Hal Fowlers during this workforce, only a bunch of killers. in addition to Stuey, the 5 have been Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Jay Heimowitz, and Charles Dunwoody.

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