Positively Fifth Street

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  1. In 2000, Jim McManus was sent on assignment for Harper's magazine to cover the trial of Sandy Murphy and Rick Tabish, who were accused of murdering Ted Binion, the son of Benny Binion. McManus went on to finish 5th place in the World Series of Poker that was taking place concurrently.

    The result of the Harper's piece and his experiences became the basis for his 2003 memoir, Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker.

Titular Inspiration

The book's title is a reference to a Bob Dylan song about his experiences in Greenwich Village in the 1960s called "Positively 4th Street" combined with the term for the river card in Hold 'Em aka "fifth street."

Here are a couple of rare versions of the Dylan single, first a live version by Dylan himself followed by an incomplete demo version by the Beatles: