The Biggest Game in Town

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Picador, Feb 3, 2009 - Games & Activities - 192 pages
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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]).

 

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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 ... Read full review

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Fun, behind-the-scenes account of the 1981 Poker World Series, full of colorful characters. Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER 1
1
CHAPTER 2
16
CHAPTER 3
34
CHAPTER 4
56
CHAPTER 5
64
CHAPTER 6
71
CHAPTER 7
84
CHAPTER 8
109
CHAPTER 9
122
CHAPTER 10
136
CHAPTER 11
161
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About the author (2009)

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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