Movie Review Monday: The Biggest Game in Town

BY JON PILL

Instead of a movie, this weeks movie review is a movie review of a book. Read the review here.

“When the Biggest Game in Town came out in 1981, it was probably the biggest game in poker books. Written, implausibly, by an English poet and critic Al Alvarez. It is a sort of rambling state of the game account. Like long magazine journalism.

It doesn’t have the forward motion, or Gonzo journalistic aggrandisement of Big Deal, written by his close friend Antony Holden. Very little of Alvarez’s own poker obsession goes into the book, instead he tells the story of various characters, and generates a completely compelling account of the atmosphere of the game . . .”

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