Al Alvarez

  • English poet
  • Born August 5, 1929

Alfred Alvarez (born 5 August 1929) is an English poet, novelist, essayist and critic who publishes under the name A. Alvarez and Al Alvarez.

I think one of the interesting things about poker is that once you let your ego in, you're done for.

Yes, I think poker really isn't gambling.

I mean to say, this is the book and I really loathe it and I can't imagine what a nice Jewish boy like me ever, how I ever got into this dreadful trade.

I hate writing.

But in a tournament, you can be said in for all your money at any point so you can't make any mistakes so you have to, it's all about where you're sitting at the table.

Now, if, as I think, writing should be, it's a kind of risky trade.

I could think of worse ways of going than at the poker table.

I'm good at reading people.

The fact that we write about it doesn't mean we play better than ordinary players at all.

When you make a bet, you're saying something.

I absolutely don't believe in anything. Full stop. Including luck.

I mean being a writer is like being a psychoanalyst, but you don't get any patients.