The Biggest Game in Town: Victoria Coren, Al Alvarez, Patrick Marber

Patrick Marber, Al Alvarez, Victoria Coren

02/03/2003 5:00 pm

What is the attraction of poker to writers like Al Alvarez, Patrick Marber and Victoria Coren? Is it the thrill of taking risks? Does it offer them new insights into the human condition? Is there anything particularly Jewish about a love of poker and gambling? In this lively and amusing round table discussion, chaired by fellow writer Anthony Holden, the panellists attempted to get to the bottom of the subtle and not-so-subtle charms of poker

Al Alvarez

Al Alvarez is a poet, novelist, critic, anthologist, and author of many highly praised non-fiction books including two on poker, Bets, Bluffs and Bad Beats and The Biggest Game in Town (a new edition of which was launched at this session).

Victoria Coren

Victoria Coren is a freelance journalist with a weekly column in The Observer newspaper and a monthly column in Esquire magazine. She has written two books, most recently Once More, With Feeling. She spent two years as The Observer\'s poker columnist and plays at least twice a week.

Patrick Marber

Patrick Marber's plays include Closer and Dealer's Choice, the latter about a poker game and, in part, an exorcising of gambling demons. Marber is the co-creator of ‘Alan Partridge’ and has written widely for television and radio comedy.