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The Biggest Game in Town (edition 2009)

by Al Alvarez

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Title:The Biggest Game in Town
Authors:Al Alvarez
Info:Picador (2009), Paperback, 192 pages
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A good discussion of what poker was like before the stampede following the televising of the games with pinhole cameras. ( )
  br77rino | Feb 27, 2010 |
This is just a fine book. The British poet Alvarez has created a great read about eccentric people and "fooled" a lot of poker player to read some quality litterature (i.e. this book). ( )
  farbror | Jun 1, 2009 |
"Even if you don't like ..." That's how a lot of recommendations go for books and things people might not otherwise try. "Even if you don't like football, watch Friday Night Lights." And it applies here. While it certainly helps to like poker, that affection isn't required to appreciate The Biggest Game in Town, written by British poet and New Yorker contributor A. Alverez.

This is not a poker how-to book. It's a portrait of Vegas as Dreamland, the only place these eccentrics who play in the biggest game can thrive. It's funny and beautifully written, even if you don't like poker. ( )
  BoneDaddy | Feb 17, 2008 |
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Nine o'clock on a Tuesday morning at the end of April 1981, and according to the giant illuminated figures at the top of the mint Hotel the temperature was already ninety-two degrees.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0811834344, Paperback)

Called "the best book ever written on poker" by players and critics alike, The Biggest Game in Town is a sought-after classic thats finally available in print again. Acclaimed author A. Alvarez delves into the seedy, obsessive world of high-stakes Vegas poker, where "the next best thing to playing and winning is playing and losing." Uncovering an exotic underground rich in ambiance and eccentricity, The Biggest Game in Town is "a magnificent book " (San Francisco Chronicle), a real one of a kind.

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A description of the ruthless world of poker professionals as they meet for the world knockout championship in Las Vegas. It offers an analysis of the psychology of gamblers and a record of their behaviour and speech. The author is a poker-playing poet and novelist. Originally published: Boston, Mass: Houghton Mifflin; London: Deutsch, 1983.… (more)

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