The Biggest Game in Town

The Biggest Game in Town

by Al Alvarez


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Al Alvarez touched down in Las Vegas one hot day in 1981, a dedicated amateur poker player but a stranger to the town and its crazy ways. For three mesmerizing weeks he witnessed some of the monster high-stakes games that could only have happened in Vegas and talked to the extraordinary characters who dominated them—road gamblers and local professionals who won and lost fortunes on a regular basis.

Set over the course of one tournament, The Biggest Game in Town is botha chronicle of the World Series of Poker—the first ever written—and a portrait of the hustlers, madmen, and geniuses who ruled the high-stakes game in America. It is a brilliant insight into poker's appeal as a hobby, an addiction, and a way of life, and into the skewed psychology of master players and fearless gamblers. With a new introduction by the author, Alvarez's classic account is "the greatest dissection of high-stakes Vegas poker and the madness that surrounds it ever written" (TimeOut [UK]).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312428426
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 02/03/2009
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Al Alvarez is a poet, novelist, literary critic, anthologist, and author of many highly praised nonfiction books. From 1984 to 1994, he played regularly in the World Series of Poker. He lives in London.

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The Biggest Game in Town 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
br77rino on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good discussion of what poker was like before the stampede following the televising of the games with hole cameras.