by Gus Russo
How does a man with no phone, no office, and no files become the most powerful man in politics? This book is an explosive story of the criminal underworld and its covert takeover of American politics, business, and entertainment. It's the tale of a cadre of powerful men who, over the course of decades, secretly influenced nearly every aspect of American society, including such famous (and infamous) folks as Jules Stein, Ronald Reagan, Abe Pritzker, Lew Wasserman, and John Jacob Factor -- as well as numerous other meticulously low-profile members. At the heart of it all is was the Chicago Outfit and its fair-haired boy, Sidney Korshak, aka 'The Fixer'" who from the 1940's until his death in the 1990s, was not only the most powerful lawyer in the world, according to the FBI, but the enigmatic, almost vaporous player behind some of the shadiest deals of the 20th century: from hitherto undisclosed California land grabs (the real 'Chinatown' story) to Hollywood quid pro quos, from casino monopolies to underhanded hotel deals. As the underworld's primary link to the corporate upperworld, Korshak's backroom dominance and talent for anonymity remains unparalleled.
Bluegrass Days - Neon Nights
by John Smith
Takes you through the rollicking life and times of legendary Las Vegas casino host and bon vivant, Dan Chandler. The wayward son of former Kentucky Governor and Major League Baseball Commissioner Albert “Happy” Chandler, Dan likes to say he started at the top and has spent his life working his way to the middle. Along the way, you'll meet an endless parade of famous politicians, entertainers, and Hall of Fame athletes and learn an insider's perspective on Las Vegas history and Kentucky politics. Dan arrived in Las Vegas as the gambling capital's mob days were fading, but Caesars Palace had no shortage of characters — and he became intimate friends with super high rollers and stars ranging from Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson to Jimmy Buffett, Frank Sinatra, and the Lennon Sisters.
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.
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.Read Full Review of 'Playing Cards'
Practical Casino Math
by Robert Hannum
Written by Robert Hannum and Anthony Cabot, Practical Casino Math will serve as a valuable reference for anyone — player or manager — interested in the mathematical foundations of casino games and the use of mathematics in gaming management practice. Topics ranging from the basic principles of probability, odds, expectation, house advantage, and the law of averages, to price setting using game odds, gaming and economic regulations, standards for fairness, player worth and rebate programs are included in this must have book.
Reference Guide to Casino Gambling: How to Play and Win
by Henry Tamburin
The revised updated version of Tamburin's work toward educating the beginner seeking a one-volume guide to casino games including those introduced in recent years like Pai Gow Poker, Red Dog, Sic Bo. Tamburin explains the games, the layout, the odds, shows you the House edge of all games. It is packed with charts, tables, strategy, advice, it will influence your play, explaining how to save money through money management and common sense. A small section on Caribbean Stud and Let It Ride.
This book seeks to begin the conversation about the effects the industry and its dramatic growth have had on the politics, culture, and people of Mississippi. It provides insight into the ongoing debate as to how well the casino industry and Mississippi fit together. Political scientists, economic developers, sociologists, and policy analysts provide essays on such topics as the casino workplace, casinos and crime, the historical and cultural influences of casinos, and the economic ramifications. It provides the first multidisciplinary examination of the casino resort phenomenon in Mississippi. Additional information updates new gaming laws in Mississippi that will allow casinos to build inland on the Gulf Coast.Read Full Review of 'Resorting to Casinos: The Mississippi Gambling Industry'
Scarne's Encyclopedia of Card Games
by John Scarne
An essential, all-inclusive guide to end all arguments over the rules, histories and variations of the most popular card games played today. Includes the odds and probabilities of getting the hand you
This book takes you into the world of sports betting, where real men bet million dollars on the outcome of a football game. The author got involved with this hidden world of sports betting when he interviewed of Rick "Big Daddy" Matthews for a magazine article. That interview turned into a venture that made him a rich man. It's the kind of life men dream of but don't really think exists. It does. The cast of characters is real; their names have been changed.Read Full Review of 'Smart Money: How The World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions'
Originally published in 1938, this book looks at old-time gamesmanship in America, from riverboats to racetracks, and explores the legal, and illegal, history of gambling in pre-World War I America. The author defines the world of gambling as one of "sharpers" and "suckers" -- those who excel at the games by cheating and their victims. From notorious gambling havens like Chicago and New Orleans to lesser-known outposts in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio, the book examines the gambling houses, big and smal. Also included are details of the lives of some of America's most famous gamblers, including Mike McDonald, John Morrissey, and Richard Canfield, as well as their infamous counterparts like "Canada Bill" and "Charley Black Eyes, " who made their names as grifters and con men. Also detailed are the games these men played, describing the rules and origins of a number of dice and card games.Read Full Review of 'Sucker's Progress'
How does a man with no phone, no office, and no files become the most powerful man in politics? This book is an explosive story of the criminal underworld and its covert takeover of American politics, business, and entertainment. It's the tale of a cadre of powerful men who, over the course of decades, secretly influenced nearly every aspect of American society, including such famous (and infamous) folks as Jules Stein, Ronald Reagan, Abe Pritzker, Lew Wasserman, and John Jacob Factor -- as well as numerous other meticulously low-profile members. At the heart of it all is was the Chicago Outfit and its fair-haired boy, Sidney Korshak, aka 'The Fixer'" who from the 1940's until his death in the 1990s, was not only the most powerful lawyer in the world, according to the FBI, but the enigmatic, almost vaporous player behind some of the shadiest deals of the 20th century: from hitherto undisclosed California land grabs (the real 'Chinatown' story) to Hollywood quid pro quos, from casino monopolies to underhanded hotel deals. As the underworld's primary link to the corporate upperworld, Korshak's backroom dominance and talent for anonymity remains unparalleled.Read Full Review of 'Supermob'
This was written by a team of gaming tax consultants providing gamblers with valuable information for years. Four sections include: The Origins and Structure of Tax Law; Tax Basics for All Gamblers; The Reporting Rules for Recreational Players; and a special Rules section for professional players.Read Full Review of 'Tax Guide for Gamblers'