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The Biggest Game in Town


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First published 20 years ago Bloomsbury is delighted to publish in paperback this cult poker classic.'Probably the best book on poker ever written' Evening Standard'A marvellous book..picturesque, funny and dramatic' Sunday Telegraph

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Al Alvarez is a poet, novelist, literary critic, anthologist, and author of many highly praised non-fiction books on topics ranging from suicide, divorce, and dreams - THE SAVAGE GOD, LIFE AFTER MARRIAGE, NIGHT - to poker, North Sea oil, and mountaineering - THE BIGGEST GAME IN TOWN, OFFSHORE, FEEDING THE RAT. His most recent books are an autobiography, WHERE DID IT ALL GO RIGHT? And POKER: BETS, BLUFFS AND BAD BEATS. He lives in London.


A large portion of this 1983 volume initially appeared in The New Yorker as a series of sketches of the cardsharps who annually descend on Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. The players make for interesting portraits, and Alvarez lets them have their say. Anyone interested in gaming will enjoy this, but others might as well. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

'A cool, precise, sharply witty, vivid evocation of a place and people, their appearances, behaviour and speech..Mr Alvarez is a shrewd analyst of the psychology of gamblers and a cleverly selective recorder of their bizarre talk with which, directly and indirectly, they reveal their secure grasp of unreality and their insane courage' Sunday Telegraph; 'It will have most readers sitting on the edge of their seats' Sunday Times; 'A new classic on's quite brilliant' Time Out; 'This is a magnificent book. Beyond the straights and full houses, Alvarez has written about people who are extremely good at what they do, and about America' San Francisco Chronicle

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