Search for your sports books:

Featured Publisher: Pitch Publishing
The incomparable range of sports books produced by Pitch Publishing over the past few years has ensured theyÕve secured a place as one of the UKÕs leading publishers of sporting material.

From the unashamedly nostalgic Got, Not Got and the thought-provoking If Only: An Alternative History of the Beautiful Game, to Andrew MurtaghÕs superbly-written Gentleman and a Player, Pitch Publishing are always likely to come up with something different. Take a look at their current range: www.pitchpublishing.co.uk




Read Review
<back to archive

The Biggest Game in Town by Al Alvarez

Release date: 03rd March, 2003
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

List Price: £8.99
Our Price: £6.74
You Save: £2.25 (25%)
Buy Now

The idea of going to the World Series of Poker, playing the odd event and interviewing some of the game's biggest names may look like a blindingly obvious way to throw together a book these days - but a quarter of a century ago it must have seemed positively eccentric.

When British writer Al Alvarez flew out to Las Vegas in 1981 (the year of Stu Ungar's second victory), there were no online card rooms, no hole card cameras - there were only 75 entries for the WSOP main event, for goodness sake.

Poker's big names were not TV stars, but (mostly) men who had made a fair proportion of their bankrolls on the wrong side of the law. They were colourful characters, to be sure, but a book of tales interviewed out of the likes of Texas Dolly, Treetop Straus and Jack Binion was more like subcultural anthropology than celebrity journalism.

So, just as Herbert Yardley blazed a trail in the wit-and-wisdom field with his Education of a Poker Player and Doyle Brunson set the benchmark for how-to-play guides with Super System, Al Alvarez opened the batting for the I-was-there report with this little gem. And we say 'gem' because this volume was not just a first - it remains one of the very best.

Much of the book's raw material will now seem familiar, though that's partly because some stories are so good they have been retold many times in the intervening years (even, as Des Wilson has pointed out, the inaccurate ones). But what makes this book timeless are the author's keen eye for detail and superb ear for language. For Alvarez is a poet (we mean that literally not hyperbolically), so that even if some of the tales are a little stale, his sense of pace and polish keep this book as fresh as the day it was published.


<back to archive


MoneyMapp


SBOTM Current Top 10

The Club How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport By Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg
John Murray
Read Review Buy Now
How Not To Run: A Journey to the Roof of the World By Shauney Watson
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Red Mist Football’s Most Shocking Moments By Phil Cartwright
Hardie Grant UK
Read Review Buy Now
Sketches From Memory A Rugby Memoir By Stuart Barnes
Arena Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Olympia The Story of the Ancient Olympic Games By Robin Waterfield
Landmark
Read Review Buy Now
The Soccer Tribe By Desmond Morris
Rizzoli International
Read Review Buy Now
Unbreakable: The Woman Who Defied the Nazis in the World’s Most Dangerous Horse Race By Richard Askwith
Yellow Jersey Press
Read Review Buy Now
Monsieur X: The incredible story of the most audacious gambler in history By Janie Reid
Bloomsbury Sport
Read Review Buy Now
Edmund Hillary - A Biography The extraordinary life of the beekeeper who climbed Everest
Vertebrate Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
My Name’5 Doddie The Autobiography By Doddie Weir & Stewart Weir
Black & White Publishing
Read Review Buy Now

Amazon’s top 6 best-sellers

© Sharks Media Ltd 2004 – 2012. Site designed and maintained by Marcus Hamblett for Furydesign.