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Legendary gambler Alvin “Titanic” Thompson (1892-1974) traveled with his golf clubs, a .45 revolver and a suitcase full of cash. He won and lost millions playing cards, dice, golf, pool and dangerous games of his own invention. He also killed five men. “But they’d all tell you they had it coming,” he said. And he married five women, each one a teenager on her wedding day. Titanic ruled New York’s underground craps games in the 1920s—he was the model for Sky Masterson, the gambler-hero of Guys and Dolls. He traded card tricks with Houdini, conned Al Capone, hustled golf with Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Lee Trevino. He lost a million playing pool with Minnesota Fats, then teamed up with Fats and won it all back. As dramatic as a blockbuster movie, full of amazing true stories and tips every bettor should heed, Titanic Thompson is an epic story from award-winning author Kevin Cook—the rags-to-riches life of the greatest gambler who ever lived.

“Even money you’re going to read this book in a night, maybe two. Five to one you’re going to practice shuffling cards or throwing quarters against a wall or chipping golf balls into a shot glass when you’re finished. Ten to one you’re going to claim you can throw a peanut over a three-story building. Hundred to one you’re going to get married a bunch of times, kill a few people, make and lose a fortune and...oh, read the book and find out. You won’t be disappointed.” — best-selling author Leigh Montville