In the years since Anthony Holden wrote his classic memoir Big Deal, the poker world has changed beyond recognition. In Bigger Deal: A Year Inside the Poker Boom, Holden takes his game on the worldwide tournament circuit to chronicle how the rise of online gaming has completely transformed the world of poker.
Anthony Holden is an award-winning journalist who has published more than thirty books, including He Played For His Wife…And Other Stories and biographies of Laurence Olivier, Tchaikovsky, and Shakespeare. He has published translations of opera, ancient Greek plays, and poetry. He was director of European Film and Television at Exclusive Media, where he helped relaunch Britain’s most famous film production label, Hammer. Anthony Holden lives in London.
"Bigger Deal will make nonprofessional poker addicts feel personally understood in ways no other book has ever managed to do. It has everything: wide cultural scope, poker table minutiae, success, failure, pain, Mozart operas sharing pages with telling analyses of flop texture, even more intercontinental action than its famous predecessor, and best of all, perspective on the Boom. No, best of all is the writing."
-- James McManus, author of Positively Fifth Street
"Holden is the top writer in pokerdom." --Martin Amis
"Engaging...Holden has an endearing way of letting the reader into his head, turning descriptions of botched or brilliant poker hands into page-turning mini -narratives, discussing his mental demons and romantic travails in disarming detail. You can't help rooting for him." --Susan Casey, The New York Times Book Review