A History of Playing Cards
by Catherine Perry Hargrave
This is actually a reissue of an old book that went out of print as a hardbound. Subtitled A Bibliography of Cards and Gaming, it includes an enormous annotated bibliography of more than 900 items on playing cards and games, and over 1,400 illustrations. Praised as the most authoritative and complete treatment of its kind, the book is profusely illustrated and gives a fascinating overview of heraldry, geography, history, and the social and political activities of man over the past six centuries. Includes playing cards of the West and of China, Japan, India, Europe, and Russia.
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.
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'
Tax Help for Gamblers
by Jean Scott
Tax Help for Gamblers deals with the innumerable nuances and gray areas of gambling and taxes. It covers all the whys and wherefores of this complex subject, including tax-code specifics, record-keeping, filing your tax return, state-tax considerations, and audits and other tax problems. Numerous charts and forms help you see the practical application of the information. This book is for recreational and professional gamblers, including low and high rollers, table-game and machine players, video poker and live poker players, online enthusiasts, international and cruise ship players, and people who live or gamble in states with income taxes.
Ten Best Casino Bets
by Henry Tamburin
Co-author of Craps: Take the Money and Run and other books, Tamburin teaches the bettor what the 10 most favorable bets are in a casino, including don't pass/don't come with odds; pass line/come with odds; bank & player hand in baccarat; place bet on 6 & 8; single zero roulette; betting strategies; money management; psychology of gambling.
The American Casino Guide has been published annually since 1992 and is the most comprehensive book available for information on all U.S. casinos including all casino/resorts, riverboats and Indian casinos.Read Full Review of 'The 2013 American Casino Guide'
The new 2013 edition includes detailed information on more than 700 casinos in 40 states, plus it includes 203 coupons valued at more than $1,000! The coupons can be used now in 2012 and are valid until late December 2013.