by Buzz Poole
Playing cards are ephemeral; they are used, become worn and then just get thrown away. Good quality examples of playing cards featuring the graphics of the past are hard to find in sufficient volume and variety to make an interesting collection. The 300 cards collected here were printed during the 1930s and 1940s. The subjects are as varied as the graphic styles, and for that very reason, all of these cards provide the opportunity to look back through a well-focused window into the inspiring and colorful past of playing card graphic design. This is a colorful picture book only, with some description. It is not a price guide.
RME Sports 2009 WNBA Handbook
by RME Sports
Women's pro basketball, also known as the WNBA, is, for some, a lucrative betting proposition simply because fewer people know the game and bet it. The house, the bet-takers, are sometimes off-balance in their line making, which is a very good reason why a few players reap rewards from this sport. The 2009 WNBA Workbook is the ideal publication with room to keep records (the season begins in mid-May and ends in mid-September) and that offers some help on which teams did what last season at home, away, after winning on the road, after failing to cover and so on. There are eight or so trends you might finding interesting, like how teams performed certain days or in a certain month or as a road favorite. Rosters are included listing the player's college and number of years experience in the pros and a summary of how teams performed straight up or against the spread for each of the last 3 seasons. Granted, you'll need more information to keep up with injuries, momentum and the like, but for the price, this book is a pretty good start. 32 pages, 8x11 plastic spiralbound, 2009.
Gambling Book Reviews
The Lives of Gamblers and Con Men
Monday, September 22, 2008
For those who just want to read about the survivors, the characters, the con men, here's a recommended list of outstanding gambling biographies with a thumbnail description of each.
Three New and Compelling Poker Books
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Looking for variety in poker books? Here are three different, yet each in its own way, fascinating books on the game for players who just can’t get enough as they learn or improve on their game. They cover three totally different aspects of the game yet provide plenty of information of value.
Snyder's Poker Books Focus on Winning Tournaments
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Arnold Snyder, more famous for his Blackbelt in Blackjack and other books on that game, has switched gears in recent years and now approaches poker—tournaments in particular--as a beatable, profit-making game.
Practical Poker Math is a Beauty of a Book
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Pat Dittmar, who understands the need for players to understand their chances at winning based on what's left in the deck, has a beauty titled Practical Poker Math -- Basic Odds & Probabilities for Hold 'Em & Omaha
Three New Poker Titles by Kim Greenblatt
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Greenblatt releases three new books on poker and offers an honest combination of self-taught information and knowledge both read and gained from experience.
'Kill Everyone' Doesn't Match 'Kill Phil' But Comes Close
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Kill Everyone is not quite a sequel to the remarkable Kill Phil, but Nick still recommends reading them in chronological order. Kill Everyone is aimed at players with some no-limit hold'em tournament experience. The information in Part 2 is exceptional and well worth the price of the whole book.
Diverse Gambling Books Hit Bookshelves This Week
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Two books, 'Black Gangsters of Chicago' and 'The Card (Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History's Most Desired Baseball Card)', are as diverse as you might expect and have hit the bookshelves this week.
Limit Hold'em: Winning Short-Handed Strategies Reviewed
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Despite the popularity of short-handed poker games, few books have been devoted to examining its special circumstances. One of the few to do so is Limit Hold'em: Winning Short-Handed Strategies by Terry Boyer and Lawrence Mak.
Harrington on Cash Games: Volumes 1 and 2 Reviewed
Friday, March 21, 2008
In the past two years, requests for books on cash games have been the strongest ever. Now Dan Harrington’s double package of ammunition for serious players has arrived in on the shelves of Gambler's Book Shop.
'Las Vegas Memories' Delivers History and Photographs
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Former Wisconsin resident Jerry Fink fell in love with Las Vegas and its colorful history years ago. He began searching archives, the Internet and any other sources, for photos, dates, names and places. Then he broke all this information into four different 8x11 volumes of printed work to share with people who had like interests, understanding that some might want to know more about Downtown's history than the Strip.
Beyond Coincidence, The Counting Game, and Inside the Ropes
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Every once in a while a book reviewer finds a selection of books related, yet unrelated. The question: how to present them to an audience of people interested in how to make money, save money or just 'follow the money' (as they say in politics). Here are three books related to winning, betting and luck in their own way—you'll understand the connection quickly.
Caro, Schoonmaker Poker Books Packed With New Ideas
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Getting yourself ready to play serious poker is more than accumulating a bankroll and finding a game—it's learning how to monitor yourself, being able to assess your opponents and going in clear-headed.
More Mob Books Reviewed
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Yes, there are people out there who just love books about the mob -- and for a variety of reasons. Perhaps a close or distant relative was 'connected' sometime back or a neighbor had a friend who knew someone, or somebody is just a collector of names, facts, places and events.
Great Gambling Book Gift Ideas
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Gamblers, whether recreational players or seasoned pros, appreciate a good book that'll save them money, make them money or help them become more knowledgeable.
Weird Las Vegas and Poker Cheating Worth Reading
Saturday, November 10, 2007
A combination of new Las Vegas residents and new poker players creates a need for books that both inform and entertain. Filling those needs are two new titles, Poker Cheating (The 101 Most Asked Questions) and Weird Las Vegas and Nevada.
'Beyond Tells' Author Release 'Beyond Traps'
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
If you enjoyed James McKenna's Beyond Tells you'll appreciate his focus in 'Beyond Traps -- The Anatomy of Poker Success.' Hollywood Dave Stann's 'Hollywood Blackjack' makes for some fast-paced, colorful reading.
Killer Poker by the Numbers Reviewed
Monday, August 20, 2007
It's very rare these days that Nick Christenson is surprised by a poker book's contents, but Killer Poker by the Numbers is one such book. From the title, he expected it to be about poker math, but the approach the author takes is remarkably different.
Yao's 'Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting' Timely and Illuminating
Friday, August 10, 2007
With football beginning in less than a month, 'Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting' by King Yao is extremely timely, as it discusses some of the most vital areas old pros ponder and beginners often misunderstand: why lines move; scalping and middling; hedging and hedge mistakes; parlay cards; first half betting; and the ever popular Super Bowl props.
King Yao's Definitive Book on Sports Betting
Sunday, June 10, 2007
King Yao has written one of the finest books on sports betting that I have seen. Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting provides valuable insight into the methodologies and techniques used by a winning sports bettor at a variety of games. I can't imagine any serious sports bettor would not want to know what King Yao has to say on the topic. I strongly recommend this book to those with an interest in betting sports.