One of a Kind -
The Rise and Fall
of Stuey Ungar

Startling tale of a man who
managed to win millions of
dollars and live the highest of
high-roller lives without ever
quite understanding or
respecting the value of money.

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One of a Kind - The Rise and Fall of
Stuey Ungar

Startling tale of a man who managed to win millions of dollars and live the
highest of high-roller lives without ever quite understanding or respecting
the value of money.
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One of a Kind - The Rise
and Fall of Stuey Ungar
 

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One of a Kind - The Rise and Fall of Stuey Ungar

Stuey Ungar, the son of a Lower East Side bookie, grew up in a New York of
the 1950s and the '60s that was straight out of Damon Runyon. By his early
teens, he had dropped out of high school and was spending most of his time
in the city's underground card rooms. So prodigious was his talent for playing
gin rummy that he soon found himself bankrolled by memebers of the
Genovese crime family. After thrashing every top gin player on the East
Coast, he was forced to broaden his horizons- traveling around the country
to find opponents and also learning other card games, including poker.

At twenty-one, he moved to Las Vegas for good and quickly found mentors in
poker legends such as Jack "Treetop" Straus, "Amarillo Slim" Preston, Doyle
Brunson and Chip Reese, who embraced the skinny five-foot five kid with the
Rimbaud aura. Soon enough, Ungar was playing in the biggest games at the
famous Dunes poker room, learning the finer points of the game at incredible
speed.

In 1980, competing in his second tournament ever and playing a game-
no-limit Texas Hold'em- he'd just learned, he shocked the poker universe by
winning the World Series of Poker. He would go on to win the event a record
three times.

In One of a Kind, authors Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson tell the startling tale of
a man who managed to win millions of dollars and live the highest of
high-roller lives without ever quite understanding or respecting the value of
money. Whether tossing away his winnings at the reacetrack or on a single
roll of the dice, Ungar was notorious for gambling every single dollar in his
pocket on a daily basis. The risk that he embodied in his gambling carried
over to his personal life. He had no concept of night or day. He didn't own a
wristwatch, didn't have a bank account and for years had no home address
or personal possessions. For all his gambling successes, at the end of his life
he bounced between hotel rooms, casinos and crack houses, dependent
upon the kindness of friends and strangers.

This intimate, authorized biography illuminates the dar genius of poker's most
charismatic and mysterious star, who could ruthlessly peer into and read
other men's souls but seemed baffled and powerless when confronted with
his own.

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