Positively Fifth StreetWith the World Series of Poker going on right now, Gothamist was reminded of the book, Positively Fifth Street which got a ridiculously rave review in the Times. Author James McManus, an avid poker player, originally was covering the story for Harper's magazine and turned his $4,000 advance into $10,000 to qualify for the series. Ah, if only all gigs were like that. Today the Times looks at this year's tournament, and reporter Jodi Wilgoren writes, "Only in poker, where, as in life, success equals skill plus luck."

The World Series of Poker is held at Binion's, in the "old Vegas" (read - no Paris, Venice, New York or fountains-that-sway-to-music for you) part of town.