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The Age of Chance
by Gerda Reith
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The author examines gambling's enduring appeal, exploring its complex relation to our underlying conceptions of the world, and to the social and cultural backgrounds of those who fall under its spell. Using a wide range of sources, she traces the origins of gambling in the ancient world and follows its manifestation in games as diverse as the patolli of the Aztecs and the Internet gambling of today. From an analysis of social structure, she goes on to consider the subjective experiences and attitudes of individual players, discovering some remarkable continuities: the same deliberate seeking out of risk, a disregard for money and a variety of superstitious beliefs in luck and Destiny seem to typify gamblers throughout history and across cultures.
This fascinating and extensive study, enlivened by interviews with British and American gamblers, will be interesting reading not just for those interested in the cultural and social implications of gambling - researchers in sociology, cultural studies and the history of ideas - but for anyone interested in how we create meaning in an increasingly insecure world.
207 pages, paperbound, April 2006.

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NFL Notebook Trends Sides and Totals
by Bob Frederick
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Contains 156 trends for the pros, all showing at least 70% efficiency in the past. Includes pointspread record for three years at Home, Away, Favorite, Underdog, Over, Under, on Grass and on Artificial Turf. Each trend is explained and comes with statistics to support the trend and shows if and when there is a play this year. 75 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 paperbound, 2008.
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Tax Questions For Gamblers Answered in Two New Books
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Gamblers with tax questions will find help in two particular titles -- one very new, another a respected reference that the pros have been using for years - arriving just in time to help.
Poker Talk; History Of Playing Cards Should Enlighten And Entertain Players
Thursday, January 12, 2006
As the numbers of poker players proliferate many who belong to the newer generation of action-seekers will have an information gap of sorts. Two new books and one old classic make help.
New Las Vegas History and Picture Books Three Great Choices
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Three new books which either trace the history of Las Vegas or show the city as it is today have arrived at Gambler's Book Shop, and they're perfect for coffee-table gift items or for the historian who is curious about the most colorful city on the continent.
History of Slot Machines in Photos; Gaming Technology Focus of Books
Thursday, December 22, 2005
A new book featuring the photographic history of slot machines is a treat for the eyes and is also a wonderful reference and guide book to an important part of gambling history.
Capsule Review of Machiavellian Poker Strategy
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Can a 15th Century advisor to the court help you with your poker game today? David Apostolico thinks so and has written a book to prove it.
Capsule Review of Phil Gordon's Little Green Book
Friday, December 16, 2005
Phil Gordon has made a name for himself in poker. Here's his book of advice for tournament players and poker players in general.
Dark side of Vegas, magic, lying; three new titles arrive at Gambler's Book Store
Thursday, December 15, 2005
An odd amalgam of topics crosses Howard Schwartz's desk this week. Facinating reading about Las Vegas, the world of magic, and how to spot a prevaricator.
Casino Chips - Now We're Talking Technology
Monday, December 12, 2005
New book looks at how technology has changed the way casinos do business.
New Biography of Lyle Berman Examines Big Business, Start of WPT Concept
Friday, December 09, 2005
One of the driving forces of the new poker boom and well-respected poker player in his own right, Lyle Berman gets a biography treatment in I'm All In.
Sleight-of-Hand Master Ricky Jay Explores The Lore of Dice
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
In a short and entertaining book, Ricky Jay tells us the stories of dice through the ages. The short essays are accompanied by beautiful photographs of Jay's decaying dice collection.
Stanford Wong Explores Skill-Shooting in 'Wong on Dice'
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Stanford Wong, one of best read authors on gambling and games, focuses on the world of dice and craps in his fascinating new book. Issues covered range from the basics- bets, house edge, table layout, thru the more advanced topics- pre-setting, controlling and probability. An interesting, well written easy read.
Ultimate Casino Guide Covers over 1,000 Casinos Worldwide
Monday, December 05, 2005
Wiesenberg's new book gives casino visitors plenty to choose from the most elegant, to the largest poker rooms and more.
Two Poker Pros Release Invigorating Books
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Two of the pokers best players release books about how to play. Doyle Brunson explores the world of online poker, while Charlie 'Scotty Warbucks' Shoten examines the way to a positive poker life.
Low Limit Texas Hold'em Poker By Abulencia--Good Beginner Book
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
A father and son authoring duo give poker players everything they need to know about playing Low Limit Hold'Em, from beginning to advanced tactics.
New Blackjack Autobiography Tells Interesting Story
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Custer's book is not strategic, and there's more life story here than a lot of readers might prefer, but this part of the book is more interesting than I might have expected.
'Sharks in the Desert' Chronicles Las Vegas' Bumpy History
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
John Smith's 'Sharks in the Desert' gives the history of the founding fathers, visionaries and current operators of Las Vegas.
Annie Duke Reveals the Details of Her Life in New Autobiography
Monday, November 21, 2005
Annie Duke is an autobiographical look at a remarkable poker player who is very popular on the televised tournament trail. Her book is unlikely to interest those looking for strategic poker information, despite the inclusion of narratives of her two most famous poker tournament wins.
Wong's Basic Blackjack Gets to the Heart of Strategy Variations
Thursday, November 17, 2005
This book is an indispensable part of the serious blackjack player's library. It covers blackjack basic strategy, but supremely thoroughly, covering common games as well as some of the most obscure rules variations that have ever been found on the planet.
American Casino Guide Features Super Coupons; Vegas Picture Book Spectacular
Thursday, November 17, 2005
If your interested in casino coupons, 'The American Casino Guide' is a great buy. For those interested in Las Vegas, 'We All Live in Las Vegas' is a great summation of this quintessential gambling town.
Cooke's Rules of Real Poker Helps Settle Arguments
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Howard Schwartz reviews the 'first poker rule book of the 21st century.' Great book for novice card dealers.
Fortune's Formula -- Unique History of Gambling's Betting Systems
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Howard Schwartz reviews Fortunes Formula, William Poundstone's compelling history of gambling systems.
All In, The Fascinating History of The World Series of Poker
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Howard Scwartz reviews 'All In - The (Almost) Entirely True Story of the World Series of Poker'. Explains the history of satellite tournaments.
Kill Phil on Poker
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Poker players who love or dislike Phil Hellmuth (his arrogance and ego could put King Kong on tilt many claim), there's a book title worth remembering--Kill Phil by Blair Rodman and Lee Nelson.
Fortune's Formula Fulfills Multiple Interests
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
William Poundstone relates the colorful interconnected relationships between bookies, mathematicians, brokers, speculators and gamblers in this fulfilling history trying to beat the odds.
Lessinger's Big Book of Bluffs Worthy Addition for Every Level Player
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Howard Schwartz reviews Matt Lessinger's 'The Book of Bluffs' Learn how to bluff at poker, it's key to winning.
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