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Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century: A Professional's Guide for the Horseplayers

Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century: A Professional's Guide for the Horseplayers Lowest new price: $43.99
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Author: Steve Davidowitz

Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century is a revised and updated third edition to the classic Betting Thoroughbreds, first released over 30 years ago. The book's popularity and cult following is contagious for both new racing fans and seasoned players, and has been the standard in the industry for handicapping excellence for decades. This newly revamped edition covers recent industry changes, including synthetic surfaces, super trainers, wagering syndicates, computer software programs and more.

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The Red Dragon & The West Wind: The Winning Guide to Official Chinese & American Mah-Jongg

The Red Dragon & The West Wind: The Winning Guide to Official Chinese & American Mah-Jongg Lowest new price: $11.77
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Author: Tom Sloper

The Red Dragon & The West Wind is the perfect introduction to this ancient game of strategy and subterfuge, covering all aspects of the two most common varieties, American and Chinese, along with an overview of other global approaches.

The book begins with the history and origin and moves on to the rules of play and ways to win and avoid essential errors as well as the etiquette to follow. With everything from clear instructions on dealing, building, and distributing tiles to a look at the history and future of the game, this is the essential book for anyone who wants to have fun–and win–while playing mah–jongg.

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Sharp Sports Betting

Sharp Sports Betting Lowest new price: $11.50
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Author: Stanford Wong

Sharp Sports Betting explains the logic and math of sports bets, including such exotic bets as parlays, teasers, and props. Lots of NFL data.

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Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas

Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas Lowest new price: $11.39
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Author: Natasha Dow Schüll
Brand: Princeton University Press

Recent decades have seen a dramatic shift away from social forms of gambling played around roulette wheels and card tables to solitary gambling at electronic terminals. Slot machines, revamped by ever more compelling digital and video technology, have unseated traditional casino games as the gambling industry's revenue mainstay. Addiction by Design takes readers into the intriguing world of machine gambling, an increasingly popular and absorbing form of play that blurs the line between human and machine, compulsion and control, risk and reward.

Drawing on fifteen years of field research in Las Vegas, anthropologist Natasha Dow Schüll shows how the mechanical rhythm of electronic gambling pulls players into a trancelike state they call the "machine zone," in which daily worries, social demands, and even bodily awareness fade away. Once in the zone, gambling addicts play not to win but simply to keep playing, for as long as possible--even at the cost of physical and economic exhaustion. In continuous machine play, gamblers seek to lose themselves while the gambling industry seeks profit. Schüll describes the strategic calculations behind game algorithms and machine ergonomics, casino architecture and "ambience management," player tracking and cash access systems--all designed to meet the market's desire for maximum "time on device." Her account moves from casino floors into gamblers' everyday lives, from gambling industry conventions and Gamblers Anonymous meetings to regulatory debates over whether addiction to gambling machines stems from the consumer, the product, or the interplay between the two.

Addiction by Design is a compelling inquiry into the intensifying traffic between people and machines of chance, offering clues to some of the broader anxieties and predicaments of contemporary life. At stake in Schüll's account of the intensifying traffic between people and machines of chance is a blurring of the line between design and experience, profit and loss, control and compulsion.

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  • Princeton University Press

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All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction

All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction Lowest new price: $7.51
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Author: Arnie Wexler

Arnie Wexler's life as a gambler began on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, flipping cards, shooting marbles, and playing pinball machines. At age fourteen he found the racetrack, a bookie, and started playing the stock market. His obsession with gambling accelerated until a fateful day in 1968 when it all came crashing down.

Wexler's gripping narrative leads us through the dungeon of a compulsive gambler's world—chasing the big win and coming up with empty pockets—and how his addiction drove him and his wife, Sheila, to the edge of life. With help, they managed to escape, and together they have devoted themselves to helping others with the problem they know so well.

Arnie and Sheila Wexler have provided extensive training on compulsive, problem, and underage gambling to more than 40,000 gaming employees and have written Responsible Gaming Programs for major gaming companies. In addition to running the toll-free, national helpline 888-LAST-BET, Sheila and Arnie are consultants to Recovery Road in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, a Sunspire Health private residential treatment facility for adults with chemical dependency and problem gambling.

Steve Jacobson was a sports reporter and columnist for Newsday for more than forty years with a great interest in all aspects of sports. He co-authored a number of books with notable sports personalities. He was named by Associated Press among the top sports columnists and twice was nominated by Newsday for the Pulitzer Prize.

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The Dice Doctor

The Dice Doctor Lowest new price: $9.60
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Author: Sam Grafstein

This underground classic, the bestselling craps title ever among serious players, is now available to the general public for the first time!

This underground classic, written in no-nonsense language by a craps player for a craps player—not a theorist or mathematician—includes some of the most profitable craps advice ever put into print. You’ll learn professional plays and sane money management strategy, honed from 60 years at the table, from the greatest craps player of all time. You'll learn powerful techniques like finding Qualified Shooters, Converted Come Bets, locking up wins, finding legitimate winning streaks, controlling and protecting your bankroll, and how to make 5 to 10 times more on a hot roll than a weaker bettor starting with the same bets! Grafstein also reveals all the professional plays made at craps—his core moves—21 winning strategies covering both sides of the dice! The new edition of this “Super System” of craps includes 30 professional charts and tables.

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Beat the Racetrack

Beat the Racetrack Lowest new price: $24.95
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Author: William T Ziemba

Discover the irresistible allure of horse racing and the thrill of winning. This invaluable book shares a proven, easy to learn system that you can use to beat the odds and win big at the racetrack. It helps you determine which horse to pick and what size your wager should be based on tote board data, and it reveals strategies for maximizing your winnings.
With clear writing and entertaining real-world examples, authors William Ziemba and Donald Hausch explain the fundamentals of track racing and show how patterns of public inefficiency in betting pools can lead to you reaping big payoffs. Rather than focusing on the complicated details of thoroughbred handicapping, the groundbreaking "Dr. Z" system offers mathematical models based on stock-market analysis. After their initial scientific analysis of historical data from past races, the authors verified their betting method by testing it with real bets--and it worked. It teaches you when to bet and what a good bet is, and advises how much to wager based on your betting stake. When properly applied, the method's average profit per dollar wagered is about 10%. Using it, you will be able to minimize risk and increase your winnings.
"This book is for people who want to win. The gambling system it presents is one of the few I have ever seen that I think really works. I am convinced enough to bet my own money on it."
Edward O. Thorp, from the book's introduction

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Small Stakes Hold 'em: Winning Big with Expert Play

Small Stakes Hold 'em: Winning Big with Expert Play Lowest new price: $14.72
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Author: Associate Professor of History Edward Miller

For today's poker players, Texas hold 'em is the game. Every day, tens of thousands of small stakes hold 'em games are played all over the world in homes, card rooms, and on the Internet. These games can be very profitable -- if you play well. But most people don't play well and end up leaving their money on the table. Small Stakes Hold 'em: Winning Big with Expert Play explains everything you need to be a big winner. Unlike many other books about small stakes games, it teaches the aggressive and attacking style used by all professional players. However, it does not simply tell you to play aggressively; it shows you exactly how to make expert decisions through numerous clear and detailed examples. Small Stakes Hold 'em teaches you to think like a professional player. Topics include implied odds, pot equity, speculative hands, position, the importance of being suited, hand categories, counting outs, evaluating the flop, large pots versus small pots, protecting your hand, betting for value on the river, and playing overcards. In addition, after you learn the winning concepts, test your skills with over fifty hand quizzes that present you with common and critical hold 'em decisions. Choose your action, then compare it to the authors' play and reasoning. This text presents cutting-edge ideas in straightforward language. It is the most thorough and accurate discussion of small stakes hold 'em available. Your opponents will read this book; make sure you do, too!

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Blackjack for Blood

Blackjack for Blood Lowest new price: $12.95
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Author: Bryce Carlson

The purpose of Blackjack for Blood, by Bryce Carlson, is to provide the reader with a comprehensive strategy for obtaining a winning edge at the game as it is commonly played in the casinos of Nevada and elsewhere, and also to entertain the reader with some sense of the glamour, excitement, and drama that are a part of the world of the professional gambler.

For a Twenty-One game plan to be effective, it must address three fundamental and very different issues. First, it must show the player how to bet his money properly and how to play the hands accurately. Second, it must instruct the player on how to deal effectively with casino personnel. And third, a professional approach to the game requires the ability to deal with yourself, to maintain control under pressure and in situations loaded with stress.

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Raven's Lucky Numbers Dream Book: The Only Lottery Book You'll Ever Need

Raven's Lucky Numbers Dream Book: The Only Lottery Book You'll Ever Need Lowest new price: $14.03
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Author: Raven Willowmagic

Raven's Lucky Numbers is the complete guide to winning big on the Lottery! A must have for the lottery players who want to win big! Raven's Lucky Numbers helps you to pick the winners in Pick 3, Pick 4, Keno, Powerball, Mega Millions, Policy, Lotto, Races, Slots, and more! Includes a complete dream book plus male and female names, zodiac, cars, months, days, cards, flowers, gemstones, and more! Plus a complete guide to Moon Signs and their meaning. Including Moon sign keywords and how to use them to cash in on Lottery, Races, Keno, Policy, and more! Plus Raven's Lucky Tips and winning strategies throughout the entire book make it worth it's weight in gold!

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