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Heads up, no-limit poker book; con man study; chip guide vivid

2 October 2008

Collin Moshman, whose excellent Sit 'n Go Strategy (Expert Advice for Beating One-Table Poker Tournaments) was perfectly timed last year, has produced a super new effort titled Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em (393 pages, paperbound, $29.95). This book, along with Todd Roberts's The Modern Con Man -- How to Get Something for Nothing (223 pages, hardbound, $16.95) and the newly revised (Third Edition) of James Campiglia and Steve Wells's The Official U.S. Casino Chip Price Guide (398 pages, paperbound, $29.95), make the last seven days in September a banner week for new arrivals.

Collin Moshman earns much of his income playing online poker. It was there he discovered the tight strategy needed for normal sit 'n go tournaments was not adequate for heads-up play. His research into his own play showed him that "a loose-aggressive style with strong elements of unpredictability was required" for one-on-one competition. In his latest book he presents the math and logic in seven major sections, including pre-flop hand probabilities and a drawing odds chart.

The seven sections include the all-in decision; value betting and effective stack sizes; exploiting styles and defeating tight-aggressive opponents; pot size manipulation; thinking multiple moves in advance; and price-setting the river. Also: calling button raises; attacking button limps; checking the turn when you are strong; finishing off an opponent.

One section is devoted to cash and tournament formats including freeze-outs; playing with a straddle and the split pot rule and a final section discusses table selection; seizing online edges; tilt control; timing tells and reverse tells.

Who are the great con men of history and how did they operate? Todd Robbins explains everything from common, deceptive bar bets; "can't lose" card tricks; the terminology of the con man; how swindles are perpetrated.

In eight colorful, fact-packed chapters, the author, a New York-based entertainer, profiles colorful folks like Charles Ponzi, Titanic Thompson, Soapy Smith, Yellow Kid Weil, and explains their slang, their special "language" while offering both history, techniques along with ideas on how to avoid being victimized and how to become "street smart."

Chip collectors who love to know if they've got a rare one or one appreciating in value have been looking forward to the Third Edition of The Official U.S. Casino Chip Price Guide by Campiglia and Wells. It's colorful, informative with guidelines on how to identify legitimate chips; what some of the rarest ones are; how they're graded; a rarity scale (keyed to "known survivors"); and molds and their descriptions. The book has a 10-page index of casinos and chips. Geographically, Nevada, New Jersey, Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri are included.

This full-color guide is one of the most remarkable compilations for chip collectors ever. If you're serious about buying or selling American casino chips, it's a must-have item. More than 2,000 rare casino chips worth more than $2 million are listed.




Heads up, no-limit poker book; con man study; chip guide vivid is republished from Online.CasinoCity.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
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