This book was a lifetime in the making. Two years in the writing. It’s an exploration of life, and urges and desires familiar to us all. One of the biggest issues everyone has to deal with is sex and people usually make a choice. They either follow their desires, or they don’t. This book looks at the issues that arose, and the conflict of emotions I had to deal with when I chose both, although it more correctly felt like they both chose me. Life became an exercise in understanding who I am by exploring what “lies beneath.” There was no way around the exploration because the battle for supremacy raging between the two was inside me. What lies beneath reared it’s head and found it’s way to the surface. What was the war all about and what would become of me? I am so much more than what I feel, and much, much less than what I think. This book explores what is possible when we find balance between the two.
In 2001, a stranger from Texas descended upon the high-stakes poker room at the world famous Bellagio in Las Vegas and challenged some of the best poker players in the world. At the start, the stranger and one opponent each brought $1 million to the table, betting $10,000 and $20,000 per hand. But after warming up at those stakes, the Stranger, a self made millionaire by the name of Andy Beal, wanted to play even higher…
And so began what would become the richest poker game in history.
In order to play at such high stakes, the top ten poker professionals in the world had to form “The Corporation” to pool their money and keep playing against Andy Beal and his seemingly limitless bank account. The result was a series of seven games, culminating in October 2003 with a jackpot of over $20 million dollars.But The Professor, The Banker And The Suicide King is more than just about a few hands of poker. It is a story of outsize egos, appetites, and ambitions; it is a story about the highest echelons of poker playing that very few are able to see; it is a story about one man, twenty million dollars, and one of the most exciting poker games in history.
Shin Dong-hyuk was born in the early 1980s inside Camp 14, one of five sprawling political prisons in the mountains of North Korea. Located about 55 miles north of Pyongyang, the labour camp is a ‘complete control district,’ a no-exit prison where the only sentence is life.
No one born in Camp 14 or in any North Korean political prison camp has escaped. No one except Shin. This is his story.
A gripping, terrifying memoir with a searing sense of place, ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14 will unlock, through Shin, a dark and secret nation, taking readers to a place they have never before been allowed to go.
Now a major documentary film.