The Age of Chance
by Gerda Reith
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.
NFL Notebook Trends Sides and Totals
by Bob Frederick
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.
Gambling Book Reviews
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.
New Las Vegas History and Picture Books ‚Äì 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.