The New York Times is one-step ahead of its literary cohorts; Beginning this Saturday, the acclaimed newspaper is set to launch a weekly poker column in the sports section of the paper, entitled, you guessed it 'Poker.'
Best selling author, writing instructor and poker player James McManus has signed on to pen the column, which will feature such topics as the online poker industry, home games and land-based tournaments. Indeed, Times executives made a brilliant call in choosing McManus to author their new column, which they expect to appeal to both professional players and the 'simply curious' members of mainstream society.
McManus is the author of 'Positively Fifth Street,' a book that grew out of his experiences playing at the final table of the 2000 WSOP Main Event. Originally sent to Las Vegas to cover the slow but steady rise of female players in the World Series, as well as the murder of the WSOP's visionary founder, Ted Binion, McManus decided that, ultimately, the only way to write a decent article was to play in the Main Event himself. Competing at the final table against the likes of Annie Duke, T.J. Cloutier and Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson, McManus went on to finish in 5th place and collected a prize of nearly $250,000. He has since gone on to win 4th place in the 2004 WSOP $5,000 Limit Hold'em Championship.