Books: I recently finished listening to the audiobook version of "The Nobel Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death" by Colson Whitehead. From the NY Times review (here):
Colson Whitehead’s poker memoir, “The Noble Hustle,” is a throwaway, a bluff, a large bet on a small hand. You can sense that he’s half embarrassed to be writing it. His language is so loose and sarcastic that reading it is like watching a guy try to toss playing cards into a hat.
“The Noble Hustle” began life as a magazine article. In 2011, Grantland sent Mr. Whitehead to Las Vegas and staked his $10,000 entrance fee to participate in the seven-day World Series of Poker. The hook: Mr. Whitehead, a novelist, had never competed in a casino tournament.