James McManus on the World Series of Poker

May 11, 2003

James McManus writes for Harpers. With an advance from the magazine, he entered the world series of poker. McManus tells Steve Paulson about playing with professionals and muses on the balance of luck and skill required for tournament play. McManus expanded his article into a book called “Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of Poker.”