Steve Ruddock with NJ Poker Online reviews Huntington Press’ The Moneymaker Effect by Eric Raskin.
In 2015 the world relies on two minute YouTube clips and clickbait articles to get their information. Movies are streamed to mobile devices, and books can be downloaded and read on a phone. But there is still something magical about reading a paper book, especially for those of us who grew up in a time before cell phones and every home having a PC.
Books offer us an escape from our day-to-day lives, and if the author excels at their craft, the reader is often transported into the book, ready to turn page after page even though the alarm clock is set to go off in just a few hours.
People who read “The DaVinci Code” suddenly started devouring everything “Knights Templar” and “Holy Grail”. People who have read “Jurassic Park” are suddenly consumed with the possibilities and implications of finding usable DNA in fossils.
Likewise, people who read one of the following poker narratives – Eric Raskin’s “The Moneymaker Effect” and James McManus’s “Positively Fifth Street” – are often bit with the poker bug, ready to take on the game and its seasoned practitioners.
Eric Raskin’s “The Moneymaker Effect” is an expansion of his Grantland.com article When We Held Kings, and it turned out to be one of the best poker books I’ve ever read; a real page turner, both entertaining and informative even to someone like myself who felt he knew the entire story of the 2003 WSOP – boy was I wrong.
The theme of The Moneymaker Effect is one of improbability, and as the reader it’s easy to imagine yourself as Chris, taking on the pros, and perhaps winning because of a daring bluff, or a call no pro player would make, or like in the movies, spotting some unique tell.
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