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The Biggest Game in Town
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Pages 185
Binding Hardcover
ISBN-13 9780395339640
ISBN-10 0395339642
Dimensions 5.75 by 9.25 by 0.75 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $0.00
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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 both a 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".

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