Sun, 31 August 2008
Frank Nitti has been one of the most elusive figures in American criminal history, but Ron Humble has captured him within the pages of this impressive book.. A in-depth study of a major gangland figure--from the real man to the pulp-fiction persona, it's all here in this compelling biography...a staggering piece of research.
Nolan Dalla is a true "insider." He has been in the poker and gambling business for 14 years. Dalla embodies many unique career experiences -- as a writer/journalist, casino executive, and player. He is certainly one of the most eclectic personalities in gaming today.
Dalla has written over 200 columns for Card Player magazine. In 1997, he created Card Player's "Player of the Year" tournament ranking system, which is still in use today. Dalla has written for a variety of publications during the past decade -- including Poker Digest, Poker Player, Gaming Today, Gambling Times, The Intelligent Gambler, and many others.
Dalla has also contributed to his knowledge to the world of sports betting. He was the sports handicapping columnist for Casino Player from 2002-2005. His research led to the creation of "Dalla's NFL Halftime Betting Angles," which proved immensely profitable and eventually caused oddsmakers to adjust lines. After the findings were published in the Daily Racing Forum and several other magazines and websites, halftime lines reflected the impact of Dalla's work.
Dalla co-authored the best-selling biography "One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey 'the Kid' Ungar, the World's Greatest Poker Player," published by Atria Books in 2005. The book has been optioned for a movie by Warner Brothers Studios.
Dalla is perhaps best known as the current Media Director for the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and the World Series of Poker Circuit events, a title he has held since 2002. He is unquestionably the most prolific writer on record in the 38-year history of the WSOP, having written nearly 250 WSOP final table reports.
Sun, 17 August 2008
Prizefighting: An American History by Arne K. Lang
This work brings a fresh perspective to the study of modern prizefighting, a sport which has evolved over several centuries to become one of mankind’s most lasting and valued sporting attractions. With his primary focus outside the ropes, the author shows how organizers, publicity agents, and political allies overcame both legal and moral roadblocks to make fisticuffing a lively commercial enterprise.