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Poker: Bluffs, Bets, and Bad Beats

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A smoke-filled room. The clink of chips breaking the silence of furious concentration. The occasional muttering of "check," "raise," and "fold," as staggering amounts are wagered on a simple hand of five cards. In this new paperback edition, acclaimed writer A. Alvarez narrates the history of poker -- its most amazing stories, unforgettable players, and incredible hands. F ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 14th 2004 by Chronicle Books (first published February 1st 2001)
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At first glance this is not a book that would seem to attract anyone who is seeking a deep insight into the game of poker, yet this apparent coffee-table book, laden with over sized pictures, contains text by A. Alvarez. Alvarez is a writer of a very high rank, authoring books of literary criticism, novels, and non-fiction on subjects ranging from suicide to rock climbing. He is an accomplished editor of poetry and was both friend and editor to Sylvia Plath. He is also author of arguably the bes ...more
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Al Álvarez is an English poet, novelist, essayist, writer and critic who publishes under the name A. Álvarez and Al Álvarez.

Born Alfred Álvarez, he was educated at Oundle School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he took a First in English. After teaching briefly in Oxford and the USA, he became a full time writer in his late twenties.

From 1956 to 1966, he was the poetry editor and critic f
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