Gambling's Strangest Moments
by Graham Sharpe
Over the centuries there have been many strange gamblers – and even more strange gambles – and in this unique collection of punts and punters, Graham Sharpe reveals fearless, flamboyant and fantastic flutters. Some of the most extraordinary bets include the male gambler who had a boob job to win a big bet; the gambler who set off to walk round the world wearing an iron mask to land a wager; the man who could genuinely dream winners. Sharpe is also haunted by a couple of ghostly gambles, and looks at the betting propensities of US Presidents – including one who gambled away the White House's finest china. Celebrities who indulge in strange betting practices are unmasked, too – the Marx Brothers, Ben Affleck, James Bond, Kerry Packer, Richard Burton, Oscar Wilde, Professor Stephen Hawking, to name a few.
Winning Secrets of Poker
by Peter Thomas Fornatale
Fornatale interviews 18 professional poker players with a combined 20 World Series of Poker bracelets in an attempt to discover what separates them from the recreational player. Besides reading how Phil Hellmuth tries to control his temper to Jennifer Harman talking about the nerve-racking scene of playing in the world’s biggest poker game, Fornatale interviews Max Pescatori, David Sklansky, Matt Lessinger, an Anonymous Midwestern pro, Liz Lieu, Jesse May, Daniel Negreanu, Ed Miller, John Phan, Alan Boston, an anonymous Downtown pro, Ted Forrest, Padraig Parkinson, Matt Matros, Morten Erlandsen and the anonymous pro from Hell’s Kitchen.
Gambling Book Reviews
Deal Me In and Eat Professional Poker Players Alive Reviewed
Saturday, September 19, 2015
There isn't a clear path by which people become professional poker players. There aren't any good courses at the local vo-tech for a person to study. The road to becoming a poker pro is inevitably difficult, circuitous, and filled with setbacks. Deal Me In is a book describing the course by which twenty top poker players became professionals.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Review
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is widely considered to be the pinnacle of Hunter S. Thompson's writing. The book successfully combines widely disparate genres, at the same time a narrative trip report, vibrant fiction, and incisive social commentary. Thompson captures the spirit of place and time as perfectly as has Twain, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, or any other American author.
Best Selling Poker Books of 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
How did the new books compare to the old classics? Well, we will let the data speak for itself. Take a look at the list of the best selling poker books of 2014.
Extreme Pace Handicapping; Colorful Hachem Poker Bio
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Looking for the best racetrack payoffs generated by extreme pace aberrations, or a colorful biography of Joe Hachem's World Series of Poker championship? These two books are winners.
Poker Winners Are Different
Sunday, August 02, 2009
There is a big difference between what's typical human behavior and what is called for to play poker at a high level. There aren't a lot of people for whom maximizing their expectation in poker games comes naturally. Poker Winners Are Different by Alan Schoonmaker examines this conundrum.
College, Pro Football Trend Strategy Notebooks Make Handicapping Fun
Friday, July 17, 2009
For more than 20 years Bob Frederick has provided football bettors with an easy, fun way to handicap hundreds of games annually. His books are excellent for that occasional "need a winner quick" maven or for those who need guidance and shortcuts to enter a weekly contest.
What Factors Help Pro and College Football Teams Cover The Spread? These Books Explain
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The nagging question of which factors impact whether or not a team might cover the spread is asked each year by beginners and old pros alike. Not everyone will agree about the answer, but Andy Iskoe's two annuals, the Pro Football Statistical Pattern Report and the companion work, College Football Statistical Pattern Report should help clarify it for everyone.
Phil Steele's College Football Preview - Still the Best Available Anywhere
Friday, June 12, 2009
For 15 years Phil Steele's College Football Preview magazine put out by Northcoast Sports has been one of the greatest values ever for those who bet college football--and it's not changed. One of the hardest working researchers in the nation, Steele has a superior reputation for evaluating teams, players, conferences, offering projected starting lineups and five years of results and spreads, for he caters to bettors, coaches and fans of the game and does it on a year-round basis.
Problem Gambling Books - They Can Help Before It's Too Late
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Too often, families with a problem gambler or individuals who lose control have nowhere to turn until it's too late. There's denial or avoidance, and when individuals hit rock bottom many wonder if something could have been done sooner. Sadly, there are few books out there to help individuals or families but some do exist. Here are a few select resources that can help those who care save a life or find a sense of direction
Matusow's Poker Bio an Honest, Revealing Read
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Few ex-priests, rabbis or academic geniuses have made it big in cut-throat poker tournaments and cash games over an extended period of time. Some might have risen to the top but the nature of the game doesn't fit that mode. Mike (The Mouth) Matusow bio clearly shows what this world is made of.
Planning to Bet the WNBA? This Affordable Workbook is a Must
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The WNBA season begins in early June this year, and those who follow the game will benefit by the bargained-priced 2009 WNBA Workbook from RME. The book lists 13 teams with schedules and room to keep records, including spreads, totals, how each game ended straight up and against the line. Also, you can see how a team performed for the last three seasons straight up, against the spread, in over and under situations and average points scored.
Eat Pro Poker Players Alive with These Two Books!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Like a breath of fresh air, a new work on the game, Eat Professional Poker Players Alive! by Frank Wiese has reached the shelves of Gamblers Book Shop. Covering Hold'em, Razz, Stud, 2-7 Triple Draw Low Ball and H.O.R.S.E., tournament play and online poker, it's an excellent tutorial for both beginners and experienced players.
Crapshooters Flock to Books That Explain Dice Control
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
In the past few years the controversy about whether a shooter can control the dice and produce advantageous numbers has increased. Authors and experts now offer lessons, seminars, DVDs and books on the subject.
Getting Ready to Bet Baseball? Several Fact-Filled Books on Baseball Betting
Friday, March 20, 2009
Okay, you know how to bet baseball; you understand the money line, totals, parlays. But with the season less than a month away, how do you get a good start while linemakers are still trying to figure out who the "aces" are and who might disappoint? Luckily, there are some excellent resources to speed up your information-gathering efforts and what they contain.
'Madness of March' Captures Basket Ball Betting Colorfully
Friday, March 20, 2009
Alan Jay Zaremba, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University, has captured the excitement, the color, the flavor and craziness of college basketball betting in Las Vegas with his new book, The Madness of March
'Betting Baseball' Featuring Umpires, Ballparks and Streaks
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Baseball bettors seeking data, angles and ideas for the 2009 baseball season can do no better than Betting Baseball by Hank Myers and Michael Murray (216 pages, paper bound, $24.95). Even if you've bought the book in the past, you still need the 2009 edition, since a major portion of the work has been updated.
Four Books That Provide the Edge on Baseball Betting
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Baseball books offer the fantasy league enthusiast, trivia buff or bettor an informational edge, and their popularity remains steady year after year. With the 2009 season less than a month away, here are some fresh resources packed with unusual information about players and teams which should whet everyone's appetite.
Two Books Profiling 'Master Gamblers' Makes Interesting Reads
Thursday, February 12, 2009
There are many who enjoy sitting back and reading the 'adventures' of the successful or colorful characters who have become legends. Two books in particular stand out. They are Fast Company (How Six Master Gamblers Defy the Odds-And Always Win) by the late Jon Bradshaw and Gambling Wizards (Conversations With the World's Greatest Gamblers) by Richard Munchkin
Why People Gamble and Its Colorful History
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Those who run gambling games, from the earliest times to the modern era with international gambling meccas, have been able to "plug in" to players' needs by understanding the human need for "action" and how games help can help players escape from reality and create "states of ecstasy" while at times nurturing feelings of self-discipline, courage and integrity.
YO!-- It's Getting to Tax Time - Know the Rules if You Gamble
Thursday, January 22, 2009
It's that time of the year, the time most Americans start thinking about gathering all their receipts, W2s and 1099s for that April tax date known as The Deadline. Newcomers to gambling probably have some questions about how to pay taxes on winnings and keep the IRS off your back.
Dancer is on Target with Video Poker for the Intelligent Beginner
Thursday, January 15, 2009
His name is almost legend in video poker circles, and Bob Dancer, who has created software, books and strategy cards, has begun the new year with a solid, fresh book on the games. Titled Video Poker for the Intelligent Beginner, the book does not cover advanced strategy for any one game, but Dancer says if you follow his advice in his newest work you'll have an easier time with his Winner's Guide series that offer that extra material.
Protect Yourself Against Fraud and Liars with These Two Books
Friday, January 09, 2009
With Wall Street, and Internet, telephone scams on the increase (and they are cropping up everywhere), it pays to be knowledgeable, to be able to protect yourself from being conned by slick promoters, opportunists claiming something for nothing. In some cases, just being able to detect a liar may be enough to keep you from investing hard-earned money in some fraudulent scheme. It just takes a little education and then application of the new knowledge.
2013 American Casino Guide Now Available
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The American Casino Guide has much to offer both the bargain hunter and player, for it offers advice on the games, illustrates though maps, phone numbers, web sites, amenities, games offered and what you can expect state by state if you're traveling or plan to move where casino or pari mutuel gaming exists