by Richard Hoffer
Estimating that Americans bet somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 billion last year, the author, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated wandered across the landscape showing us how we gamble, why we gamble, and why the biggest opponents of gambling are now the biggest fans. He visits trade shows, hangs around underground poker games, hustles for a side of bacon in a Minnesota bar, looks over expansion plans with a tribal chief, and pretty much looks at every angle of chance taking.
Read 'em and Reap
by Joe Navarro
It is important to remember that a good game of poker is played through part luck, part math, and part deception. Some people use deception with great success because they know how to read those silent tells and keep their own tells down. Learning to read these unspoken messages is often a matter of trial and error, or at least it was before this book. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintellegence officer specializing in nonverbal communication and behavior analysis, offers his knowlwedge and techniques, with illustration, and examples from poker pro Phil Hellmuth, to teach you how to decode your opponents nonverbal cues. This book picks up where others have left off and is doubly good because it's written from the point of view of a people reader and not a poker player, a reader who has already caught some serious tells given off by some of the world's best poker experts.
Gambling Book Reviews
The Mob Books are Back
Monday, October 16, 2006
For a while it was quiet. A new book on the Mob turned up here or there but overall, interest had waned. With John Gotti dead and many an ex-Mafioso in the witness protection program or dead, who had anything to say in a book? Then, suddenly as 2006 moves to an end, four new titles arrive at Gambler's Book Shop; organized crime is a hot topic again.
Gordon Blue Book, Blue Ribbon Hoops Hot Stuff
Friday, October 13, 2006
College basketball is just around the corner, and poker remains number one in the hearts and minds of millionsé─ţso it's a perfect 1-2 punch when two terrific books arrive at Gambler's Book Shop the same week. The two hot titles are Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book and the 2006-07 edition of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
Add Some Variety to Your Gambling Library
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Sometimes when it rains, it pours and when you're in the desert, you appreciate the downpour. At Gambler's Book Shop, we get to appreciate it in two ways -- first for the welcomed moisture and second for the gambling-related titles that show up at an unprecedented rate.
Winning Secrets of Poker; Adams' Novel Fine Reading
Friday, September 15, 2006
Peter Thomas Fornatale, a very talented writer with a skill for interviewing the best in poker, has a new book on the game, while Brandon Adams adds a fresh view of the game in a novel. These are two worthy additions to your poker library, and here's a look at each work.
McEvoy's 'Championship Satellite Strategy' Gives Sound Advice
Sunday, September 10, 2006
'Championship Satellite Strategy' is a respectable effort focusing on satellite poker tournaments. On balance, McEvoy and Dougherty provide information that someone who hasn't given these sorts of events and structures a great deal of thought will find useful.
Talking Poker Becomes a Hot Subject
Sunday, September 03, 2006
There are a number of new books whose subject is the language of poker. If it all sounds like Greek to you, check out the selections Howard Schwartz reviews this week.
Hunting Fish; Getting Luckyé─ţTwo Fine Books On Poker, People, Places
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
The world of poker is getting larger and doesn't seem to be close to the end of its growth spurt. More people are playing, more states and nations are in action and it seems more people are writing about the game now than they did at any time in history. So--what's new? This month ité─˘s two new books which detail the characters, places, attitudes, strategies and lifestyles of players and what brings them to the table again and again.
Fischman's 'Online Ace' Tackles Winning Online Poker
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Chris Ferguson says Scott Fischman is the perfect person to teach online poker, that he is a guy who, in fact, can train you for anything -- from your local home game to the world's richest events. Fischman's new book, 'Online Ace' is a dandy piece of work for millions who are potential players and for those looking for ways to improve their games.
McKenna's 'Beyond Tells' Explores Poker Psychology
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Beyond Tells is one of the better books Nick has read on the subject of the psychology of poker players. Information in the book will help some poker players better understand themselves and most poker players better understand their opponents.
Devilfish and Hilger Add to Quality of Hot Poker Book Arrivals
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Matthew Hilger, a Georgia native, wrote Internet Texas Hold'em three years ago and it became an immediate hit. His newest work is timed perfectly to fit the needs of the new high-flying generation of players searching for the answers to the question of when to call, raise, fold and figure their 'outs.'
Chance, Coincidence, Luck Contune to Fascinate Players
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Throughout history (and perhaps even more today), chance, coincidence and luck have fascinated both professional and recreational gamblers. In recent months, a group of new titles that analyze the phenomenon of luck and coincidence have hit the bookshelves. Howard Schwartz reviews some of the titles.
'Beating Blackjack with Andy Bloch' Review
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Andy Bloch was one of the masterminds behind the MIT Team that took Vegas for millions of dollars. He has recently released a DVD that lays out his strategies for winning at blackjack. Here, Bill Rini gives us his opinion on this new product.
Harrington and Sklansky Release New Poker Books
Friday, May 26, 2006
Legends of poker strategy release new books to quench thirst for knowledge in the poker community. Dan Harrington adds the third volume to his Hold'em series, and David Sklansky, with Ed Miller, has released his No-Limit Hold'Em Theory and Practice.
Gangsters and Gambling
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
One of the more fascinating areas related to gambling is the role of organized crime in creating an atmosphere or environment where people could play--legally or illegally. Here are five books that cover the topic of gambling and gangsters.
Humble's 'World's Greatest Blackjack Book' Outlines Hi-Opt 1 System
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Humble's World's Greatest Blackjack Book provides a complete description of the Hi-Opt 1 card counting strategy. If you ignore the out of date data on the casinos, ignore the hyperbole about dealer cheating, and realize that the Hi-Opt 1 is a good system, but not as good as the authors make it out to be, this is an excellent book.
Cloutier's 'How to Win The Championship' Review
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Cloutier, who has won about five dozen major tournaments, stimulates potential tournament players with chapters analyzing what separates the great players from the good players
Video Poker Player Newsletter is Right on the Money
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
As serious video poker players know, the most important thing when you go out to play is where to find the right machines. Bringing this information to the public has been one of Skip Hughes' goals for over seven years, and he continues to do an admirable job with his Video Poker Player monthly newsletter.
'Aces and Kings' Collects Bios of Storied Poker Pros
Sunday, May 14, 2006
In Aces and Kings, Michael Kaplan and Brad Reagan provide some biographical background on about twenty highly successful poker champions in a collection of fifteen stories. 'Aces and Kings' is worthwhile as entertainment for just about any poker audience.
Advantage Play For The Casino Executive Reviewed
Friday, May 05, 2006
While written, ostensibly, to enlighten casino executives, there's a wealth of information for the players. The introduction alone, which describes an incredibly creative blackjack play in Atlantic City, is worth the price of the book.
Ultimate Guide To Tells Nicely Done
Friday, May 05, 2006
The authors of a new book on tells believe that the renewed popularity of poker and playing of Texas Hold'em require an updated set of strategies for concealing or spotting poker tells.
Busting Vegas Reviewed
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Not surprisingly, Busting Vegas more than resembles the author's previous book on the subject, Bringing Down the House. Both are entertaining looks at the world of high-stakes advantage blackjack. They are distinct enough so that those who have enjoyed one will almost certainly find reading the other one to be worthwhile. The books are aimed at a mass market, so the while blackjack information is important, the details of play take a back seat to the adventures of the players. I expect, though, that serious blackjack players will very much enjoy both of these captivating stories.