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Four Gambling-Related Titles Add Some Variety to Your Library

4 October 2006


Sometimes when it rains, it pours and when you¹re in the desert, you appreciate the downpour. At Gambler¹s Book Shop, we get to appreciate it in two ways ­ first for the welcomed moisture and second for the gambling-related titles that show up at an unprecedented rate. And right now, we¹re in a mini monsoon! It seems everybody¹s got an idea for a book.

Let¹s look at the newest efforts, including one controversial title by an author who in past years has specialized in cheating as his favorite topic.

IDENTITY THEFT, INC. -- A Wild Ride with the World¹s #1 Identity Thief by Glenn Hastings and Richard Marcus (323 pages, paperbound, $15.95). Hastings you probably won¹t know. Marcus, however, is notorious for his American Roulette (he cheated for decades in casinos) and Dirty Poker (cheating at America¹s most popular game). Here, on the level of Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale, the authors reveal how they assumed hundreds of identities, how they did it and how you can protect yourself, including (and especially) when you use the Internet. These two have been at it about a decade, in this country (including Las Vegas) and in Europe and Mexico. The authors contend there are many loopholes yet to be filled so the security division of every casino should be reading this book ‹ hopefully they¹ll install countermeasures quickly to protect themselves. Too, the credit card industry, including MasterCard and VISA should have a copy. This is a well-written, well-detailed book on how thieves have operated and how they continue to operate in the 21st Century, with much emphasis on how the electronic era helps scam artists originate new twists.

Casino Dictionary: Gaming and Business Terms by Kathryn Hashimoto and George Fenich (114 pages, paperbound, $20.80) fills an important informational gap. In the past, books defining gambling terms and slang have been geared to players who needed to understand the term. Occasionally, but not in detail, material helped dealers and management. But here, the authors have designed a dictionary which defines casino industry words and terms. The more than 2,000 terms and phrases include names and rules of the most popular games, phrases used by dealers when referring to their bosses of customers, types of cheating techniques and common terms and phrases used by casino managers in marketing, accounting, finance, management and hotels and restaurants.

This is a must for every casino library, dealing school, publicity department, gaming writer and gaming control board member.

A new poker game called Four-Card Double Draw has become popular recently. The book, written by Jim Mann (with the same title as the game, contains 18 pages and sells for $10 in stapled 5x8 format). It explains the game¹s rules, ranks the hands, explaining the rank of each; focuses on ³irregularities of the game,² and contains an index for the probabilities and statistics of the game.

Poker authors never seem to run out of unique titles for their newest work. Now comes N.R. Villarreal¹s No-Limit Hold Em: The Book of Blunders -- 15 Costly Mistakes to Avoid Playing No-Limit Hold Œem (54 pages, paperbound, $9.95). In a way, the book clears the path to common-sense play for those who recognize they have a problem ‹ or some major flaws ‹ they¹re just not ready to list them all and repair the damage.

Small chapters, with examples and solutions cover Nor Protecting a Big Pre-Flop Pair; Showing Weakness; Checking When the Board Plays; Bad Bluffs or Never Bluffing; Not Knowing Your Opponent; and Tilting are

discussed in post chapter sessions called Analysis and What Would You Have Done? This is a nicely-priced tutorial which might help solve your poker weaknesses and get you back on the winning track.
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