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"The tightest, most intense writing I've ever read..." - Matthew Klam, author of Who Is Rich?  

"I started reading, couldn't stop." - Tom Beller, author of J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist  

"What a ride!" - Beverly Donofrio, author of Riding in Cars with Boys 

"A top two poker novel of all time." - Brandon Adams, author of Broke 

"The greatest roller coaster you've ever been on." - The Las Vegas Advisor 

“It’s like a sequel to Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer —with poker as a stand-in for movies, and the protagonist now having married and become a father.” — Tom Beller, author of J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist

"Well deserving of a seat at the short-handed table of great poker novels." - Martin Harris, author of Poker and Pop Culture


“Here is the poker novel I’ve been waiting years for someone to write. It doesn’t just feel true. It is.” —Brian Koppelman, co-writer of Rounders and Billions


“I have to confess sometimes the anxiety was so great I had to put the book down and build up my courage before I could pick it up again. But I was so glad I did and was bereft when the book ended—sad to be off this roller coaster ride through the world of live-or-die high-stakes poker and marriage.” — Beverly Donofrio, author of Riding in Cars with Boys and Astonished


The Only Way To Play It is a story that shows once again that Alson “has a knack for revealing character...suggesting the ways in which choice, chance and a variety of imperatives fuse, deciding who we are and what we do with our lives.”

The New York Times

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