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

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