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).
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.
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.
Eng, a horseracing handicapper and author, has compiled a list of about 1,000 gaming facilities across 36 states. This directory outlines all the casinos and racinos, including land based, riverboats and tribal establishments. He breaks the listings by state and includes complete address, phone and website infomration; hotel and room availability (and amenities), games available, dining choices, entertainment options, directions, nearest airport and RV facilities.Read Full Review of 'The Guide to US Casinos and Racinos'
Konik is a contributor to Cigar Aficionado, Sports Illustrated, GQ, Forbes, Travel and Leisure, covering the gaming world for the trendy and upscale magazines, talking about cheats and legitimate players, interviewing professional gamblers, exposing touts, and giving readers an inside, close-up look at what it’s like in the world of gambling. As for the title of this collection of articles (which appeared in some of the magazines mentioned above), Konik interviews a fearless gambler (male) who got breast implants to win a $100,000 wager.paperbound.Read Full Review of 'The Man With the $100,000 Breasts'
The Unofficial Guide to Casino Gambling
by Basil Nestor
Basil Nestor incorporates decades of gambling knowledge to give the reader insight into probability, common gambling mistakes, and winning strategies in his popular book, The Unofficial Guide to Casino Gambling. Covering all the bases of casino gambling including machine games (slots and video poker), table games (blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, poker), and waiting games (keno and sports betting) the book also has sections on how to get casino comps, gambling systems, a history of gambling in the US, and much more.
Here's the perfect companion for the person who really wants to plan a trip to Las Vegas and know what to expect in regard to hotel, show, transportation and food prices, room rates etc. The unique approach of this book is matched by no other reference source—telling you how long it'll take you to go from one location to another by foot or taxi, how much it would cost by public transportation. The book describes the major showroom attractions and usual show times, where to make reservations, how much you can expect to pay, the nights of the lowest attendance, how long the show lasts, and rates the show's appeal to different age groups. You'll also find out if the show involves topless dancers, whether tips are included in the price, and a description of the show's contents (so you can see if it's suitable for children, a conservative group, etc.).There's a description of off-Strip bars, lounges, hangouts, their hours, cost of drinks, if there's a minimum, type of crowd it appeals to.Read Full Review of 'Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas'
Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting consists of 23 chapters, many tables and a minimum of mathematical equations. The book discusses some of the most vital areas old pros ponder and beginners often misunderstand: why lines move; scalping and middling; hedging and hedge mistakes; parlay cards; first half betting; and the ever popular Super Bowl props. Included is material on money lines; removing pushes; the half-point and push percentage; money management; parlays; teasers; market value in sports bets; estimating the expected value of a hedge; avoiding hedge mistakes; hedging the second half. The discussion on betting NFL team wins and what to look for in parlay cards is valuable; those interested in office pools will find an edge as well. About 15 pages on basketball betting; eight on NFL totals. Packed with advice that examine the impact of returning starters in college football for example and the best time to bet, plus avoiding traps. Something for everyone including how to find a line service and the good and bad side of Internet forums and who’s got value in the print or electronic media.Read Full Review of 'Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting'
Billed as Your Alternative Travel Guide to Sin City and the Silver State, this profusely illustrated book covers local legends, ancient mysteries, bizarre beasts, and the like. Where else but Las Vegas, for example, will you find a place that names its highways after extraterrestrials, where mobsters are city fathers, and where Elvis—or a reasonable facsimile of him—hangs out on every street corner. The authors explored the Coffin House in Pahrump, NV—and made it out alive -- searched for the river of black gold; watched rocks move all by themselves at Little Bonnie Claire Playa,; and tracked down some very odd legends, like the one about the eerie dead body under the hotel mattress. A fun book for sure and a great gift for the Vegas fan. 252 pages, illustrated, hardbound, 2007.Read Full Review of 'Weird Las Vegas and Nevada; Your Alternative Travel Guide'
Winning Tips for Casino Games
by John Grochowski
The author, a gaming columnist with a long list of credentials, offers the 'lingo,' strategies, and etiquette for slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, and bingo in pocketbook form. This makes a good starting point for the novice and a nice little gift for someone who wants an introduction to gambling in general.