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"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
Alvarez has an economical yet beautiful way with words that captures a time and place nicely.
Reading about poker history and getting insight into some of the great players during their primes can only help you improve as a poker player.
On the surface, The Biggest Game in Town is a A. Alvarez's account of the 1981 World Series of Poker.
Its content is nothing special. It did not stand out from the other poker books that I have read.
Tony N. Serran
I love poker and have read a number of books about the game. The difference with this book is the depth of understanding Al Alvarez has for the game combined with his terrific... Read morePublished 5 days ago by David By
A. Alvarez, The Biggest Game in Town (Houghton Mifflin, 1983)
[originally posted 14Aug2000]
Someone who's not involved in the wonderful world of gambling may look... Read more
Alvarez is a great writer, and this the book to read if you want to hear the stories of the old legends of the game. Doyle, Slim, Ungar, etc.Published 3 months ago by Adam James
this is not a strategy book. it's a book by a guy that loves poker and understands the beauty of the game, with all of its characters, flaws, triumphs and failures. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nick DeVenezia
Anyone who loves poker will love "The Biggest Game In Town" as Al Alvarez is an insightful and wonderful writer who provides details the average person misses or overlooks. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Fred Tomasello Jr.
If you are a poker history buff then The Biggest Game in Town by Al Alvarez is the book for you! This book was a very enjoyable and easy read and one of the best and most... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jason
an enjoyable, well-written book that talks a lot about the culture of vegas/poker at the time it was written (early 80s). Read morePublished 20 months ago by WEP
I would have loved to have gotten this book in the mid 80's when I started playing poker.
This book is about the history of the World Series of Poker and the characters... Read more