The Biggest Game in Town
by A. Alvarez
Here's the classic that's now back in print. Both an acclaimed author and poker player, A. Alvarez combined his two talents to pen this work which gives a compelling inside look at the world of Las Vegas, of professional poker, and the extremes that go along with each. With the skill of observation and the talent for writing down what he sees, Alvarez captured the psyches of the people who challenge each other in the world's biggest poker tournament, the annual World Series of Poker. For those who have never witnessed this tournament, this book will put you right in the thick of it and you'll think you're actually rubbing elbows with some of the legends of poker.
Losing Your Shirt - Recovery for Compulsive Gamblers and Their Families
by Mary Heineman
Heineman focuses on recovery techniques for problem gamblers and their families. The author presents a warm, non-threatening approach in six major sections including: Dynamics in the Compulsive Gambler's Marriage; Fighting a Losing Battle; The Affected and Recovery: On the Steps and Beyond the Steps. Excellent bibliography for researchers; sources to write for help. The second edition takes into account the spread of Internet gambling, day trading, the growing numbers of women, seniors and young people who are becoming addicted. 255 pages, paperbound. 1992.
Gambling Book Reviews
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.
Esfandiari and Apostolico Team Up for New Poker Book
Friday, April 28, 2006
Antonio Esfandiari, a former professional magician, and the first player under 25 to win a first-place poker prize over $1 million, has a dynamite new title, In the Money: Strategies for Winning Texas Hold 'em Cash Games
Mezrich's 'Bringing Down the House' Chronicles MIT Card Counting Team's Exploits
Friday, April 21, 2006
Bringing Down the House covers familiar material, the story of the victories and travails of a successful blackjack team competing against the casinos, but this one is written well enough to make the material seem fresher than I might have expected. This is the story of one of the infamous MIT blackjack teams written for a mass audience, which means that it's probably not as detailed as serious blackjack students, myself included, might like. Still, it' s entertaining, and well worth reading.
Remarkable New Poker Books Reviewed
Friday, April 21, 2006
Just when you think you think the saturation level for new poker books has been reached, a pleasant surprise or two proves us wrong. With another two dozen books due to arrive at Gambler's Book Shop in coming months, no doubt there'll be further interesting newcomers to the shelves.
Bluegrass, Baseball Bio and Biloxi
Thursday, April 13, 2006
The story of a wayward son, an examination of the mind of baseball original, and a history of gambling in the Southern Baptist state of Mississippi all crossed the desk of Howard Schwartz in the past week. The prolific reader and interviewer gives us his opinion on these latest publications.
Ciaffone's Pot-limit and No-limit Poker Reviewed
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Bob Ciaffone and Stewart Reuben's collaboration 'Pot-Limit and No-Limit Poker' offers a fascinating glimpse into the strategy of big-bet poker. Dan Kimberg gives his opinion on this well-regarded book.
Hellmuth's Bad Beats and Lucky Draws Entertaining Read
Friday, March 03, 2006
Whether you love him or stand back with bewilderment when he reacts to a bad beat on television during a major poker tournament, Phil Hellmuth is tough to forget. Not that he isn't aware of his image. Known as the Bad Boy of Poker, he sometimes comments about trying to reinvent himself into a kinder and gentler Phil. Bad or good, he and his products are popular with poker fans.
Ciaffone's 'Improve Your Poker' Delivers on its Promise
Thursday, March 02, 2006
This collection of essays by 'The Coach' provides the reader an example of how a highly successful poker player approaches his craft. The material in this book is squarely aimed a relatively advanced poker player playing at a level tougher than typical 3-6 Hold'em games, so those just starting out or who choose to play predominantly low-limit poker can probably afford to pass on this book. However, anyone who plays a little higher (or wants to) will definitely find considerable information of value in this book.
Betting Baseball; Pitching Aces; Baseball Guide Fresh For '06 Bettors
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
The 2006 baseball season is just around the corner, and as it turns out each year the multitude of trades and free agents has created a need to know who's playing for who and what the impact may be if you're going to bet. The 'first wave' of baseball books to cover the preseason period has arrived so let's take a look at them.
The Undeniable Truth About Video Poker Uses Flawed Strategy
Saturday, February 25, 2006
In The Undeniable Truth About Video Poker, Rob Singer has written a treatise that challenges what most advantage players have to say about the game of video poker. I found what he had to say to be true but irrelevant at best, and incoherent and just plain wrong at worst. I don't agree with Singer's "undeniable truth", and I don't recommend that anyone read this book.
Introducing the Ultimate Casino Guide
Friday, February 24, 2006
As casinos become a more and more popular destination for vacationers, traveling the world to visit exotic locations has also become a part of many people's vacation plans. Those who want to combine their travels with gambling should bring this book along.
Las Vegas Advisor Gives Visitors a Good Deal
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Are you going to Las Vegas and would like to get the best deals you can? Are you planning a trip in the future and want to know all that's available? The trick to getting the best deals and having the most fun in Las Vegas is to have someone scout out the scene before you get there. That's what Anthony Curtis has been doing for visitors to America's most exciting city since 1983.
Catching Poker Cheats - An Oldie Returns After Being Out of Print
Friday, February 10, 2006
Poker players interested in how people steal or 'cop' chips will be a bit smarter after reading 'Catching Poker Cheats,' especially in home games or those played at the country club or fraternal organization where those 'friendly' games often attract crossroaders (cheats) looking for easy pickings.
New Book Helps Parents Avoid Poker Addiction for Young Players
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Loren Ackerman and Christopher Ackerman release Talkin' About Poker: Straight Talk for Parents and Their Players. The goal of the book is to provide a quick, simple guide to help parents determine if their kids' poker playing is 'healthy,' and provide palatable tools for informed decision-making and communication.
Poker 24/7 May Spark Some Poker Controversy
Monday, February 06, 2006
Stewart Reuben, an English author who penned How Good Is Your Pot-Limit Hold'em and How Good is Your Pot-Limit Omaha, has produced an interesting, and what might become quite a controversial work in Poker 24/7.
Review of McEvoy's 'Tournament Poker'
Friday, February 03, 2006
Jim McManus believes this book is essential for the beginning tournament player. Nick Christenson agrees, but with reservations.