The Picasso Flop by Vince Van PattenFrom Vince Van Patten, host of the World Poker Tour, and mystery writer Robert J. Randisi comes a novel of chilling murder and riveting poker suspense. Just out of prison after ten years, professional poker player Jimmy Spain visits his wealthy former cell mate and listens to an offer he cant refuse. The rich man wants the ex-con to mentor his only child in the game of poker. In return, hell set Jimmy up and pay all of his buy-ins on the poker tour. This deal looks like easy money, especially after Jimmy meets the kid--a cocky and abrasive young girl named Kat who has some good, yet raw, poker skills. Soon Jimmy and Kat enter a World Poker Tour tournament at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Things are coming up aces...until a player is found brutally slain with a Picasso flop--three picture cards--on his body. When suspicion points to Kat as the killer, its up to Jimmy to find the real culprit--while fighting to remain in the tournament. As one ghastly murder after another knocks out other players, this hard-bitten veteran of the felt knows that in this cutthroat world of card sharks, someone could eliminate him--or Kat--for good. On the clock, with the blinds escalating, and down to his last hand, Jimmy fears he may be drawing dead. Featuring the appearances of such poker luminaries as Mike Sexton, Doyle Brunson, and James Woods, and cowritten by a true impresario of the game, THE PICASSO FLOP mixes money, mystery, and the adrenaline-pumping excitement of Texas holdem poker action, Vegas-style. Shuffle up and read. Author Bio: Vince Van Patten is the current host and commentator for the nationally televised World Poker Tour, but his work as a poker ambassador is only one facet of a remarkably diverse career as an actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and world-ranked tennis pro. He lives in Malibu, California.
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The terms "celebrity" and "star" get tossed around pretty loosely in the entertainment world. Anyone who's made an appearance on television or made the news for any reason suddenly gets labeled a celebrity. Not so in the case of Vince Van Patten. Those terms couldn't be more fitting for the man who was almost literally born into stardom and has shone brightly in various areas of entertainment including acting, tennis and as a commentator for the World Poker Tour. Van Patten was born in in Bellrose, N. He has two older brothers, James and Nels, and all three of them grew up in the thick of the entertainment business. With an actor for a father and a mother who was once a June Taylor dancer and also in the entertainment industry, it's no surprise Vince stepped into his first acting role at age nine.
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Not only is Vince a member of the legendary Van Patten family, of which the late Dick Van Patten was the patriarch, but he's also a successful actor, pro tennis player, and World Poker Tour commentator in his own right. He's got a weird numbers brain. He's been a gambler and playing poker all his life, and he's, like, a mathematical genius. Eileen said that Vince's athleticism doesn't just stop at tennis, either. He's like a freak of nature. He can play basketball better than a lot of year-olds.
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