September 16, 2008

Casino Snob Book Club: Casino Surveillance and Security: 150 Things You Should Know

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If you are a casino industry player, or just have a hankering for understanding the goings-on behind the scenes of casino security, then you may want to check out Casino Surveillance and Security: 150 Things You Should Know. Now, don't think this will help you to plan your own Ocean's 11, but it is helpful for those who plan on operating or working in casinos.

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July 22, 2008

Casino Snob Book Club: 1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets

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From Pros to Joes, 1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets has one thousand tips that anyone can take to heart. You know Bill Burton has it right when is first tip is that luck is fleeting, and his second tip is the age old never bring more money than you are willing to lose.

From Baccarat to Video Poker, Mr. Burton has some sage advice, and since we want to win, we take all the sound advice we can get.

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May 22, 2008

The Mathematics of Games and Gambling

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Its one thing to be a frequent player in casinos, and it is quite another to understand deeply what is going on when you play. One way to help separate the champs from the chumps is to know how the games being played in casinos work. And to understand more than the simple rules, one needs to have a grasp of the math behind them. And thats where The Mathematics of Games and Gambling comes in. This book will help you understand how to mathematically analyze games of chance and determine if you've got a chance of beating the house or not.

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November 5, 2007

The Ultimate Casino Guide

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We all can get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of casinos out there. Which ones are the ones to head to, which have the best deals, which have the best party-scene, the best food, and so on. Where do we go to game?!?! Its enough to make your head spin.

Thankfully we have guide books to help us make these tough decisions, and The Ultimate Casino Guide is a great one. Here's the editor's blurb:


The Ultimate Casino Guide is a complete directory of the finest casinos from around the world. Cambodia, Las Vegas, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean-and wherever else the winds of chance may blow-this exciting guide gives travelers all of the information they need about any casino in or around their travel destination: * Casino Name * Address * Phone Number * Website * Email Address * Brief Description * Type of Entertainment * Restaurants * Accommodations * Family Amenities * Poker * Admission Charge * Dress Code * Bonus Whether a dedicated gambler or an armchair traveler looking for a local hot spot, the Ultimate Casino Guide compiles all of the information readers need in one easy reference guide.

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October 10, 2007

The Winner's Guide to Casino Gambling

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We don't konw if we would call The Winner's Guide to Casino Gambling the "gambler's bible", but it is a decent book for learning about the various games you can find in a casino, and for learning good strategies to play them.

Here's the publisher's snippet:

The definitive guide to the best strategies at the gambling table-now in a fully revised and updated fourth edition Long recognized as the gambler's bible, The Winner's Guide to Casino Gambling has been completely revised and expanded to include new rules and strategies for every major game in the casino, including several popular new ones. This entirely updated fourth edition remains the most authoritative and comprehensive book in its field, bringing gambling expert Edwin Silberstang's professional secrets and expertise into the twenty-first-century casino.The Winner's Guide to Casino Gambling can literally replace a shelf full of guides to individual games-each chapter is a book of its own. Silberstang shows readers the best strategies to beat multiple-deck blackjack, including simple but powerful card-counting methods how to exploit the free-odds wager in craps to minimize the house edge ways to win at the most popular video poker games the secrets to the new casino games, such as Three Card Poker and Let It Ridereg; what games to play where for the best oddso a winning approach to thinking as a gambler, worth the cost of the entire book.


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September 11, 2007

A Guide Book That Pays for Itself, American Casino Guide 2007

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There are plenty of casino guides out there. And surely all of them have their own strengths and weaknesses. Few however, can say that they can guarantee that they will pay for themselves. The American Casino Guide '07 can, and its a sure-thing. No, its not some crazy betting scheme, or some rigged game they tell you about. Its simply some great coupons that you can get inside.


The Casino City Times had this to say about the book:

Published annually since 1992, the 2007 American Casino Guide, with $1,000 in casino coupons, is jam-packed with detailed information on every casino/resort, riverboat and Indian casino in the U.S. with useful advice from top gambling experts on how to play and win at the most popular casino games.

Handy directory of all casinos in the U.S.
The American Casino Guide is the #1 best-selling casino directory with names, addresses, phone numbers, games, room rates, and more for more than 700 casinos in 37 states. The Guide comes complete with maps of all states showing where the casinos are located, plus detailed maps of Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno, and the Mississippi resort towns of Biloxi and Tunica.

Expert gambling strategy and advice.
The new 496-page 2007 Edition features stories by America's top gaming writers on how to play all casino games including blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, slots and video poker machines - plus - detailed reports on which casinos offer you the best odds in every major gaming jurisdiction in the U.S. See the list of chapters.

You'll get four charts that lay out the expert strategy for playing blackjack, plus four more charts that show you how to use the proper strategies on video poker machines.

The guide comes with plenty of tips on how to get the most for your money when visiting a casino by taking advantage of casino promotions and fun books. A must for everyone planning a visit to a casino!

Over $1,000 in casino coupons!
The American Casino Guide is the only casino gambling book that includes casino coupons to save you money when you visit the casinos.

Even if you use just one coupon you could easily recover the purchase price of the book. Use them all and you can save more than $1,000! See the listing of 187 coupons in this year's book.

Here's a list of all the coupons you can get in the '07 edition posted by the Casino City Times:

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June 27, 2007

Casino Operations Management

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Wether you are an aspiring casino operator, or just a joe whos interested, this book will lay out all you ever wanted to know about how a casino functions as a business. Here is the editor's review:

Complete guidance to the ins and outs of gaming operations

Management personnel need a thorough understanding of the business side of the casino industry to ensure profitsâand to avoid losses. It's a sure bet that Casino Operations Management, Second Edition will help current and future gaming management professionals better serve any casino.

Written by experts with over 65 years of combined experience in the field, this Second Edition offers all the critical skills and know-how to equip gaming and casino operators with the knowledge needed for the management office, cage operations, and table game and slot operations.

This updated edition features detailed coverage of:

* Current high-roller marketing tactics and their effect on profitability
* The effect of popular money management systems on casino profits
* The initial development process of an Indian casino
* Studies designed to identify the patronage motives of gamblers, including those of riverboat customers
* Slot club design: player rating issues, point accumulation schemes, and more
* Principles of casino floor design: managing table game and slot location
* Studies designed to measure the profit contribution of popular slot promotions

Casino Operations Management, Second Edition uses simplified mathematics and statistics throughout, and provides readers with a thorough understanding of all aspects of the casino industry business. It is a must-have reference for students and casinos that develop managers internally.

Check out Casino Operations and Management at Amazon

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May 30, 2007

Texas Hold'em Odds and Probabilities

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This time around, we are looking straight into the eyes of fate. We are staring down the double barreled shotgun of a call. Do we think we have it? Do we think SHE has it? We've applied our vast knowledge of poker tells, but she is as readable as stone before us, and we aren't geologists! No, this time its going to come down to sheer odds and probabilities. Thankfully, we've had Texas Hold'em Odds and Probabilities on our summer reading list, and we have the evidence we need to make an informed decision.

Here's Amazon's blurb:


- How often does each starting hand win against a specific hand or random hand? - What are the odds of your opponent holding a pocket pair when he raises? - What is the probability that an over-card will flop when you hold JJ? - How do you determine if drawing is profitable or not? Texas Hold'em Odds and Probabilities answers all of these questions and more. Every single decision you make at the poker table is in some way related to odds and probabilities. Whether you are deciding to bet, call, fold, raise, or even bluff, odds and probabilities are an integral part of the decision-making process. Texas Hold'em Odds and Probabilities covers all forms of the game, including limit, no-limit, and tournament situations. This book does more than just show you how to calculate the odds - more importantly, the focus is on how to apply odds to make better decisions. Hilger's approach shows that you do not need to be a math wiz to be successful in poker. Simple concepts and strategies that anyone can learn will have you matching wits with the top players in no time. Some of the topics include: raising draws for value, backdoor draws, facing all-in decisions before the flop, protecting your hand, the impact of stack sizes, and much more. In addition, the most comprehensive collection of Texas Hold'em charts and statistics ever put in print is provided as reference. Poker is a fun game, but it is even more fun when you win. Expert players understand the simple math behind every decision they make - now you can too. Matthew Hilger is also the author of the best-selling Internet poker book, Internet Texas Hold'em and is coauthor, with Ian Taylor, of The Poker Mindset.

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March 2, 2007

Whats Black and Blue and Green and Read All Over?

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Phil Gordon has put together a nice collection of little books to help guide you to upping your poker playing potential. All of you know that Phil is a world-class player, and he doesnt hold back in his set of books. You can get each one individually if you like, but we like this little box set on our library shelf.

The black book begins with the basics, but with some sound observations from the poker pro. Then the green book guides you into being a better player overall, with its methods for staying ahead and profitable. The blue book brings it home, helping you turn from amateur to pro. Deffinitely a must have in your poker library

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January 29, 2007

The Casino Dictionary

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If you dont know the difference between the nut and a push, then this is the book for you. The Casino Dictionary will lay out all the terms and phrases that you hear whizzing past your head while you're drunk on the joys of a modern casino. Pick up a copy, and carry it with you on your Vegas trip, or just peruse it when you get back home and have a burning question. Alternatively, you could impress your poker buddies by starting to spew out the terminology like a pro! No gambling book shelf is complete without it!

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