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Baseball record keeper vital; new Sit & Go poker book helpful

21 February 2008

Spring training has begun and serious baseball handicappers are doing preparing by evaluating trades; scheduling; new faces and improvements by teams. They are also looking for a way to keep accurate records; watch winning and losing streaks develop and finding the right price by which to wager. The 2008 Baseball Schedule & Record Keeper (180 pages, 11x8 plastic spiralbound, $29.95) can make all the difference in preparing and updating data.

This book contains the full schedule of each team along with whether they're playing at home or away and starting time based on the Eastern Time Zone. There's room to list both starting pitchers; the money line on the game; the total for the game; final score for each team; whether a team won or lost; who the home plate umpire was; how much you wagered; whether you won or lost and a space for miscellaneous notes.

For many poker players who don't want or need marathon sessions which last longer than they expect, the book How to Beat Sit-&-Go Tournaments by Neil Timothy (176 pages, paperbound, $14.95) may be just the perfect guide. This work, containing 25 sections, explains what the sit-and-go is; discusses hold'em basics; explains the importance of position; covers early stage hand selection, short-handed play, the bubble, in the money, heads-up play, types of players and playing from the blinds.

The chapter on plays includes playing when the flop is paired; check-raising; button steal; slow playing; semi-bluffing; limping and taking the lead. There's a small section on online tells; common sit-and-go mistakes (like not letting go of Kings when an ace comes on the flop) and calling all-in with A-K in the early stages of a tournament.

The book also discusses bankroll requirements; record keeping; outs and poker odds.

Well-priced the book is designed for the lower limit no-limit hold'em sit-and-gos where buy-ins are less than $50 online or $200 in live games. The author says "players found in these limits are weak, resulting in a lot of dead money up for grabs." He adds that strategies "in this book work for the early and middle stages of one-table satellites, which are essentially the same structure (except that there is only one winner as opposed to three."

Howard Schwartz
Howard Schwartz, the "librarian for gamblers," was the marketing director for Gambler's Book Club in Las Vegas, a position he held from 1979 to 2010, when he retired. Author of hundreds of articles on gambling, his weekly book reviews appear in numerous publications throughout the gaming industry.

Howard Schwartz Websites:

www.gamblersbook.com
Howard Schwartz
Howard Schwartz, the "librarian for gamblers," was the marketing director for Gambler's Book Club in Las Vegas, a position he held from 1979 to 2010, when he retired. Author of hundreds of articles on gambling, his weekly book reviews appear in numerous publications throughout the gaming industry.

Howard Schwartz Websites:

www.gamblersbook.com