Sunday, July 22, 2007

All-in by Pete Hautman

The book started with Denn Doyle betting his last 16,000 dollars and losing. Denn is a 17 year old boy with a fake ID so he can play no-limit gambling and now he’s broke. Denn works his way up from nothing and meets Artie Kingston the man that set him up to lose all his money. Artie is having a grand opening of his new casino and Denn wants to win his money back. Denn tries to win it all back in a winner take-all Texas holdem tournament but he can't make it.

I think the book was very good. The book is an edge of your seat page turner. I never understood gambling but the author put a glossary in the back of the book that really helped. The author also took turns putting you in a different character’s head every chapter. You have to be careful and read the name at the beginning of the chapter if you want to follow the story. In my opinion I think it makes the book more interesting. The only let down was the ending. I was wondering what happened to the main character.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

Reviewer Age: 12
Reviewer City, State and Country: Hamilton, OH USA