The Biggest Game in Town

The Biggest Game in Town

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Since its first publication twenty years ago, "The Biggest Game in Town" has become a sought-after cult classic. Acclaimed writer and critic Al Alvarez delves into the murky and compelling 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 real one of a kind, deftly capturing the skewed psyches and peculiar rites of professional poker players who descend every year for the World Series of Poker. It's a world that seems almost too surprising and bizarre to be true. "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 gambling it'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".show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 14mm | 40.82g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747562997
  • 9780747562993
  • 340,539

Review quote

'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 gambling...it'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 Chronicleshow more

About A. Alvarez

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.show more

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640 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 21% (135)
4 46% (297)
3 27% (175)
2 5% (29)
1 1% (4)
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