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The Biggest Game in Town

Al Alvarez

Picador

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]).

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Praise for The Biggest Game in Town

"A classic . . . There is no better book on America's national pastime."--James McManus, Author of Positively Fifth Street

"Probably the best book on poker ever written."--The Evening Standard (UK)

"A magnificent book. Beyond the straights and fullhouses, Alvarez has written a book about people who are extremely good at what they do, and about America."--San Francisco Chronicle

"[Alvarez] endows the game with all the desperate fun and wry futility of life itself."--New York magazine

"Conveys an understanding of gamblers and their milieu that can appeal to someone who has never seen a casino or doesn’t care to."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Thoroughly entertaining . . . both perceptive and literate."--The Washington Post

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Al Alvarez

  • 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

Al Alvarez

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