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.
21st Century Fraud
by Tony Lesce
The back cover of this book explains it all by first asking: What are your chances of being murdered this year? (With about 20,000 murders a year in the U.S. out of 300 million people, your chances of being a victim of homicide are small.) Then by asking: What are your chances of being victimized by fraud? Much greater, comes the answer. In fact, so much greater that it's almost impossible to measure the risk. Fraud ranges from identy theft to telephone scams, computer and Internet fraud, retail store scams, fund-raising scams and more. This book is designed to show the reader the basics of fraud techniques, make the reader aware of where the dangers are and teach the reader how to protect himself against the possiblity that a fraud artist might fleece him.
by Richard Munchkin
Get into the minds of the greatest gamblers of all time with this 2002 release from Huntington Press, Gambling Wizards by Richard W. Munchkin. Read in-depth interviews with eight masters of the games. Learn how they think, how they play, and what made them successful. The interview subjects include: Billy Walters (sports betting), Chip Reese (poker), Doyle Brunson (poker), Mike Svobodny (backgammon), Stan Tomchin (backgammon and sports betting), Cathy Hulbert (blackjack and poker), Alan Woods (blackjack and horse racing), and Tommy Hyland (blackjack).
Over the centuries there have been many strange gamblers – and even more strange gambles – and in this unique collection of punts and punters, Graham Sharpe reveals fearless, flamboyant and fantastic flutters. Some of the most extraordinary bets include the male gambler who had a boob job to win a big bet; the gambler who set off to walk round the world wearing an iron mask to land a wager; the man who could genuinely dream winners. Sharpe is also haunted by a couple of ghostly gambles, and looks at the betting propensities of US Presidents – including one who gambled away the White House's finest china. Celebrities who indulge in strange betting practices are unmasked, too – the Marx Brothers, Ben Affleck, James Bond, Kerry Packer, Richard Burton, Oscar Wilde, Professor Stephen Hawking, to name a few.Read Full Review of 'Gambling's Strangest Moments'
Henry Tamburin on Casino Gambling
by Henry Tamburin
One of the most prolific and respected authors on the subject of gambling presents more than 75 of his previously-published articles from many other publications, now under one cover. In 8 chapters, he covers a wide spectrum of games, including the basics of craps. blackjack, slots, video poker, roulette and poker.
How to Beat Internet Casinos and Poker Rooms
by Arnold Snyder
Who better to teach you how to beat the online casino and poker room than a man who has been beating land-based casinos (at blackjack) for decades? Snyder reveals how you can make money olnline without any special skills, mathematical ability, super memory, difficult systems to work or eve a big bankroll. Looking at this as easy money, he explains methods of play that can multiplay your bankroll many times with little risk. The 2/3 of the book cover all the major games and promotions while the last third focuses on poker.
Benny Binion was a larger-than-life casino mogul who was build a legend for himself in Las Vegas. But before that, he led the Texas underground in a gambling war that lasted over fifteen years before he was "sentenced" to Las Vegas where he became the patron saint of World Series of Poker. In this new look at the man author Gary Sleeper presents previously unseen details of Binion's pre-Las Vegas life and spices it with electrifying details and sharp wit.Read Full Review of 'I'll Do My Own Damn Killin''
Identity theft is the crime of this century. Just ask Frank Abagnale of Catch Me If You Can fame. He states so in the Q&A of the latest edition of that book. So here, then, is the true-crime book of this century. This is the first book on the subject from the inside, told by someone who's assumed hundreds of identities and become rich off it. Not only does the author reveal how ID theft is done, he tells loads of wildly unbelievable but true stories about his impersonations as they led to riches. Some of them are as funny and outrageous as they are amazing.Read Full Review of 'Identity Theft, Inc.'
by J. Phillip Vogel
Subtitled 'How to Win Big Online Playing Bingo, Poker, Slots, Lotto, Sports Betting, and Much More ,' Internet Gambling consists of twenty-three engaging and descriptive chapters where Vogel demystifies and dissects all topics related to Internet gambling, including the history of online gambling, how to get started, choosing the best sites, understanding the various kinds of software available, the technical difficulties one might expect to encounter, managing money, and more.
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 Full Review of 'Jackpot Nation'
For the person who has been visiting Las Vegas for a long time, for the newbie to the swinging Strip and for those who have a longing for a bit of nostalgia, this book is a must-have. Subtitled Gone but Not Forgotten,
the book focuses on casinos that have either been imploded, renamed, or eaten up by time. With pictures and text the authors provide a walk into past history for places like the Club Bingo, Desert Inn, Dunes, El Rancho, the Glass Pool Inn, the Klondike, Marina, Sans Souci, Silverbird, and more. It also takes a look at the Bally's/MGM monorail which no longer exists, the MGM fire, the World of Coca-Cola, Wet 'n' Wild, the Red Rooster as well as pictures and tibits of information about people -- showgirls and stars.Read Full Review of 'Las Vegas Memories'
Las Vegas: the Best of Glitter City
by Don Martin
Not your typical city guide to Las Vegas, this one takes you not just to the Ten Best (casinos, gaming areas, odds, restaurants, buffets, freebies, shows, bars, publs, chapels, attractions, shopping, etc), it goes several steps beyond. In addition to addresses, phone numbers, and facilities supplied, it presents it in a fun manner with plenty of trivia thrown in. Some of the attractions could be considered out of the way but that's what makes the guide so special. You get introduced to places heretofore kept secret by locals.
Here's the lowdown on life's most intriguing possibilities, in a humorous format. If you've ever wondered about the likelihood of striking it rich, being audited by the IRS, or living to be one hundred years old, your search is over. How many of us have actually sat down and calculated the chances that we could marry a millionaire? Or that the earth could be destroyed by an asteroid? With Baer's book you can find out answers to these questions and more in a fun, freewheeling, and compulsively readable way. He not only gives startling stats but also advice for nudging fate in your favor. Readers will discover the odds of such interesting topics as winning at blackjack or keno, of gueesing heads/tails correctly, of having your identity stolen, and many more.Read Full Review of 'Life: The Odds'
The period from the late 1950s (the time of the Mafia's famous Apalachin summit in upstate New York) through the late 1960s (when The Godfather was published) were a golden age for organized crime in America – the era that saw the Meyer Lansky generation give way to the Gambinos and Bonannos, that saw an explosion in narcotics trafficking, and that inspired storytellers like Mario Puzo, Nicholas Pileggi, and Martin Scorsese. Now, in an unbelievable find, comes the long–buried Bible of the Mafia and all its most storied players, at the height of that watershed era.Read Full Review of 'Mafia: The Government’s Secret File on Organized Crime'
More Frugal Gambling
by Jean Scott
More Frugal Gambling is Jean Scott's long-awaited sequel. In the inimitable warm and reassuring style of the 'gambling grandma,' Scott reveals a further five years' worth of casino experience and exploits. More Frugal Gambling includes extensive coverage of slots, video poker, slot clubs, casino promotions, and couponing, as well as practical advice on keeping money safe, gambling and taxes, and casino security. Scott continues to be a media staple, appearing regularly on the Travel Channel.
More Sex, Lies and Video Poker
by Bob Dancer
Second in the series of Dancer's video poker fiction, this is an intricately plotted erotic novel filled with the shrewd thinking and elaborate schemes of winning gamblers. It's a fast-moving and insightful book about winning at video poker. It's also about Vegas, baby! Chris is in love with Annie, but Maria wants Chris for an occasional sex-with-no-strings fling. Maria is the mistress of high roller Jimmy, who had a recent affair with Meg, Chris's sister-in-law. Meg's husband Richard, meanwhile, is pursuing Maria, whom Jimmy wants to trade with him for another crack at Meg. The whole ménage is lubricated with alcohol, abetted by guns and martial arts, and inhabited by people willing to lie to those closest to them in order to reach their goals.
Out From Las Vegas
by Florine Lawlor
Out From Las Vegas: Adventures A Day Away by travel writer Florine Lawlor is an intriguing, informative, and 'user friendly' guide to a wealth of interesting landmarks, getaways and scenic geographical significants within a day from Las Vegas, Nevada.