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One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey…

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

by Nolan Dalla

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The authors tell a great story about Stuey. They give the good and the bad and they expose all his flaws for what they were. A great read. ( )
  ungarop | Sep 21, 2009 |
This is an interesting, fast-moving read about one of pokers greatest players, and how he won and lost millions. It seems his skill at cards (gin even more so than poker) was second to none when he was on top of his game, but then his compulsive sports gambling would instantly lose him all the money he won at cards. Later he becomes addicted to cocaine and crack too and rapidly loses any money he has that way too. So it's ultimately a bit depressing as he wastes his talent and dies young, but a fascinating insight into the poker world back in the late 70s/early 80s - before the rise of internet poker etc. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Jul 26, 2009 |
Fascinating read even if poker's not your thing. Stu Ungar was an extraordinary character and the story of his life is more than just the tragic live fast, die young story of a supremely gifted individual unable to conquer his demons; it's also about compassion, family and camaraderie.

When Stu (broke, ravaged by drugs, having burned all his bridges) finally convinces Mike Sexton to loan him $300 so he can buy his daughter clothes for school, you believe him when he says that gesture, those $300, meant more to him than the $1,000,000 he won at the WSOP the prior year. It's Sexton's kindness, when nobody else would help Stu (justifiably considering how many people he borrowed money from ostensibly to play with, only to use it for drugs), and the way Stu cared for his daughter and adopted son, that make this more than just the story of how a guy wasted his talent. Frankly, if Ungar had only been about drugs and cards, his story would have no interest for me. The real tragedy isn't that the world lost a great card player, it's that his daughter lost her dad. ( )
  cdogzilla | Jun 16, 2007 |
interesting but inevitably somewhat depressing account of a brilliant kid who slides downhill via several addictions. ( )
  carlfranz | May 4, 2007 |
Sad, yet interesting story about one of poker's (and gin's) greats. ( )
  armyofbobs | Oct 29, 2006 |
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He was the Jim Morrison of the casino, a legend before he was of legal age. Stuey Ungar, the son of a Jewish bookie on Manhattan's Lower East Side, dropped out of high school to become an underground card-table sensation, eventually taking out every top gin-rummy player on the East Coast. Bankrolled by the Genovese crime family, Stuey would soon travel around the country in search of new opponents and opportunities -- including poker. He would go on to win the World Series of Poker a record three times. And then his luck began to run out.

One of a Kind is the startling tale of a man who won at his game and lost control of his life. Whether tossing away his winnings at the racetrack or on a single roll of the dice, Stuey was notorious for gambling every single dollar in his pocket. Though he had won an estimated $30 million in his lifetime, Stuey had no bank account, not even a home address. He was found dead in a Vegas motel -- with $800 in cash on his person, the only money he had left -- at the age of forty-five.

An intimate, authorized biography -- Nolan Dalla was commissioned by Stuey in 1998 to pen his story, resulting in hundreds of hours of taped interviews and conversations -- One of a Kind illuminates the dark genius of one of poker's most memorable figures.

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Profiles poker champion Stuey Ungar, offering insight into his meteoric career as one of the game's most feared tournament players, the factors behind his tragic change of circumstances, and his early death at the age of forty-five.

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