Billion Dollar Whale: Sipping and Swindling, A Drunk Pilot’s Review

Billion Dollar Whale
Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright & Bradley Hope

As a drunk pilot with an imaginary monkey constantly tickling my toes, it’s a wonder I was able to focus on reading “Billion Dollar Whale” at all. I feel like I’m living in the most ridiculous reality TV show ever. It’s like “Survivor” meets “The Big Bang Theory“. Meets “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous“, all rolled into one insane tale of greed and deception.

Every time I thought I was getting into the flow of the story, those pesky monkey fingers would start poking and prodding at my feet, causing me to lose my concentration. But somehow, I managed to power through this thoroughly entertaining and eye-opening tale of greed and excess.

The Story of Jho Low aka Billion Dollar Whale

The story of Jho Low and his scheme to defraud billions of dollars from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund hooked me from the very first page. The sheer audacity of his plan was mind-boggling. And the way he managed to pull it off was nothing short of genius.

But just as I was getting into the nitty-gritty of Low’s Billion Dollar Whale scheme, the monkey would start tickling my toes again. Causing me to break out into fits of giggles and ruining my focus. The excess and extravagance that Low and his associates indulged in constantly drew me in despite the distractions.

Excess and Extravagance

Their lavish parties and frivolous spending seemed almost obscene. Especially, in the face of suffering and poverty that so many people around the world face on a daily basis. But every time I tried to contemplate the moral implications of their actions, the monkey would start tickling my feet again.

Despite the constant disruptions, I found myself rooting for Billion Dollar Whale. At least until the very end, as he evaded capture and punishment time and time again. It’s like a trainwreck – you know it’s going to end badly, but you can’t help but watch in morbid fascination.


In the end, “Billion Dollar Whale” is a must-read for anyone looking for a wild, outrageous tale of greed and excess. Just be prepared for a rollercoaster ride. And keep an eye out for any imaginary monkeys that may try to steal your jewelry mid-flight. But most importantly, make sure you have a good pair of socks on hand. You never know when those mischievous monkey fingers might start tickling your toes.

Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich

Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich
Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich

As a drunken pilot with a never-ending thirst for gambling and an interfering imaginary monkey, I was ecstatic to get my hands on “Straight Flush” by Ben Mezrich. And let me tell you, this book did not disappoint!

I was immediately captivated by this outrageous tale of a group of college friends who dared to enter the high-stakes world of online gambling with the launch of Absolute Poker. This book is a thrilling ride from start to finish, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as I followed these guys on their crazy journey navigating the cutthroat world of poker. This is a must-read for anyone looking for a heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat story.

As a pilot, I can relate to the feeling of being responsible for the safety and well-being of others. And the added pressure of running a successful business only compounded that stress. “Straight Flush” by Ben Mezrich did an excellent job of capturing the frenetic energy and cutthroat nature of the industry. As well as the constant need to stay one step ahead of the competition.

Straight Flush & Personal Dilemmas!

But it wasn’t just the business side of things that kept me turning the pages. Straight Flush also delved into the personal lives of the characters, exploring their relationships, rivalries, and moral dilemmas. As I turned the pages of this book, the rollercoaster of emotions that I experienced almost sent this old, drunk pilot spiraling out of control! But I held on tight and rode it out, and boy, was it worth it. This book really took me on an emotional ride that I won’t soon forget.

As a successful yet drunk poker fiend, I unfortunately know all too well the feeling of losing a fat stack. When the Absolute Poker bust went down, I personally lost a whopping $111,696.11 of my own money. It was a tough lesson, but one that I’ll never forget. The only winner out of all of this seems to Ben Mezrich the author of “Straight Flush”.

And let’s not forget about my trusty imaginary monkey, who couldn’t resist chiming in with his own thoughts and opinions as I read. Ooooh, I love a good gambling story!” he exclaimed at one point. “But man, I feel for you on that huge loss. That’s rough, buddy.”

Highly Recommend: Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich

In conclusion, I highly recommend “Straight Flush” by Ben Mezrich to any and all readers with an interest in online gambling or just a wild and outrageous tale of greed, betrayal, and redemption. Just be prepared for my monkey to chime in every now and then with his own thoughts and antics!

Check out the review of my other favourite book Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins here.

David Goggins vs. Foot licking monkey: Who’s more Motivational?

“Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins is a fantastic book. But I’m not sure I’m the best person to review it. You see, I’m a pilot, and I’ve had a few too many tequila shots. Plus, I’m flying over the Sahara desert at the moment, and there’s an imaginary monkey on my shoulder. He keeps interrupting me and licking my feet. It’s really quite distracting.

David Goggins
David Goggins – Can’t Hurt Me

But I’ll do my best to focus. “Can’t Hurt Me” is an incredibly inspiring book that will leave you motivated to push yourself to the limits and achieve your goals. Just like the monkey is motivated to lick my feet clean so I can walk across the hot desert barefoot.

The monkey’s motivation is real – David Goggins

Goggins tells the story of his life and how he turned his struggles and hardships into opportunities for growth and self-improvement. Just like the monkey is determined to lick every last bit of dirt and grime off my feet, Goggins was determined to overcome his challenges and reach his full potential.

There are plenty of valuable lessons to be found in “Can’t Hurt Me.” Goggins talks about the importance of setting and pursuing big goals. The power of mindset and self-discipline, and the importance of never giving up. Just like the monkey is persistent in its task, Goggins encourages readers to be persistent in their pursuit of their goals.

In conclusion, “Can’t Hurt Me” is a must-read for anyone looking to improve themselves and achieve their goals. It’s a powerful reminder that no matter what challenges we face, we have the power within us to overcome them and reach our full potential. Even a drunk pilot flying over the Sahara desert with an imaginary monkey licking his feet can understand that. [Monkey gives a satisfied grin as it finishes its task]

Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins