Fri, 30 December 2011
Author Jim Gentile likes to gamble. It’s in his genes, thanks to his father. As a teenager, an $88 Quinella at Arlington Park hooked him. Since then, he has had many a lucky day. He parlayed his passion for “playing the horses” into a thirty-year career working at seven Chicago-area tracks. This book provides a peek behind the gate of the horseracing industry. It’s a humorous account of Jim’s experiences in the trenches as a teller, ticket room clerk, cashier, manager, and senior auditor, with plenty of opportunity to hone his skills as a bettor: “ On Wednesdays — payday — there were three lines at the in-town tracks: one line to get your check, another line to cash your check, and the third line was to pay back your gambling losses. If you only went to line one, you were way ahead of the game.”
An odd cast of characters is woven throughout these memorable stories. You’ll meet, among others:Gravelly-voiced Aunt Flo who blew her husband’s entire savings at the racetrack while he was on a WWII Navy ship. “Uncle Dick thought he was returning home to a comfortable nest egg, only to find out that Aunt Flo did not understand the nest egg concept — she had gambled away every cent. To his credit, as the story was told to me, Uncle Dick went on a four-day bender and Aunt Flo lived to tell the tale.”
Two overly eager co-workers whose wily wagers cost them their jobs: “By the last race Howie was in the box for over $76,000! With only one race left, his only hope was to hit the Trifecta. Hey, what’s another $24,000 when you are already stuck 76 large.” “Louie’s eyes were glued to the television, as the lead horse was ahead by 3 lengths on the backstretch. He quickly punched in $200 to win, the maximum bet the machine would allow, punched the number of the horse on the lead, and started hitting the repeat button. This feature allowed clerks to issue multiple tickets rapidly and Louie was working that machine like a construction worker holding a jackhammer.”
Tommy and his plan to rule roulette: “When the ball bounced around it landed on red, but only momentarily before it leaped into a black slot like a poisonous frog.” Tommy had fallen prey to a common condition called “Gambler’s Fallacy”. Simply stated, this is the “incorrect belief that the likelihood of a random event can be affected or predicted from other independent events.” The “law of averages” is one phrase that gamblers should strike from their vocabulary.”
Avid gamblers as well as non-gamblers will be highly entertained by a myriad of sagas, which also include sports betting, dog racing, and poker. By the end of the book, like the author, readers will end up asking themselves, “Is today going to be my lucky day?” You betcha!
Fri, 16 December 2011
Elliot Frome is a casino gaming analyst and the son of the late Video Poker Hall of Famer Lenny Frome. Lenny was a pioneer in the world of video poker and released a total of 9 books that revealed basic, intermediate and advanced video poker strategy to the general public for the first time ever. He died of a heart attack in 1998 but his son would continue in his father's footsteps with major contributions of his own to the video poker world.Education and Career
Like his father, Elliot possesses a natural talent for mathematics and computing that has proven extremely helpful in his gaming career. This became evident when Frome junior was still in high school. He was able to design a Blackjack analysis program nearly 25 years ago using nothing but his high school computer.
He put his gambling ambitions aside, however, to pursue a career in computer science. Elliot graduated from the State University of New York, where he majored in Computer Science and Business Administration. He spent 15 years as an analyst, systems designer and business analyst before finally deciding to get back to his roots and pursue casino gaming once again.Back to Video Poker
This time he put everything he had into the dream and designed a video poker analysis program to aid in his strategy research. Even though there were already several video poker programs available at the time, Elliot wanted control over his own program so he could tweak it as he wanted and update it for the newest video poker variants. He would go on to use this program for years to help develop optimum strategies for the newest video poker games.
Elliot now writes a weekly column for the "Gaming Today" publication and for the website "Casino City Times." His book titles include "Expert Strategy for Caribbean Stud", "Expert Strategy for Three Card Poker", "Expert Strategy for Four Card Poker" and "Expert Strategy for Five Deck Frenzy."
Elliot's personal website is www.gambatria.com . Although Elliot is well known for his video poker writings, his emphasis is actually on analyzing all the newest casino games. The titles of his books show how far Elliot has expanded into the gambling world.
Video poker is the one casino game in which players can gain an edge but his books on other casino games still come in handy for gambling enthusiasts. Whether or not a game is beatable in the long run, Elliot still provides expert strategy advice to help players make the best possible plays every time.
If you'd like to get your hands on some of Elliot's most prolific writing, you should check out the book "Winning Strategies for Video Poker." It was originally written by his father at gamblersbookclub.com.
Just keep in mind that the book was written by a major math mind, so some of it will be pretty advanced. You'll probably want to read up on our basic video poker strategies before tackling the advanced material presented in "Winning Strategies for Video Poker."
Wed, 30 November 2011
Anthony Curtis is a blackjack player, gambling expert, and author. He is also the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor, a popular newsletter first published in 1983, about getting good deals in Las Vegas. Curtis became interested in gambling at the age of 16 when he received a book about blackjack as a gift. He made his first trip to Vegas shortly after turning 21 in 1979. In his capacity as a world-renowned expert on Las Vegas and gambling, he's frequently quoted in national media and has appeared on Travel Channel, Discovery, NBC, A&E, and BBC and has appeared on televised blackjack events like the World Series of Blackjack and the Ultimate Blackjack Tour.
Anthony Curtis is the author of Bargain City—Booking, Betting, and Beating the New Las Vegas(OUT OF PRINT and co-author of The Art of Gambling. Curtis has served as a consultant and gambling authority for Disney Studios; ABC’s "20/20", and NBC’s "Crime Story." Articles about or by Curtis have appeared in USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Casino Player, Chicago Sun-Times, L.A. Times, Newsday, Wall Street Journal, Discover Magazine, the London Times, and other high-profile publications. Curtis has also been featured on "48 HOURS" and "DATELINE NBC." As a professional gambler, Curtis’ top tournament wins include $76,000 World Matchplay Blackjack Championship, $125,000 Atlantic City Craps Championship, $50,000 Las Vegas Keno Championship, and $60,000 Las Vegas Blackjack Championship. He is the publisher of Huntington Press and lives in Las Vegas.
Sun, 2 October 2011
Avery Cardoza is the world’s foremost authority on gambling and million-selling author of more than 21 books including Winning Casino Blackjack for the Non-Counter, Official World Series of Poker Strategy Guide: No-Limit Tournament Hold’em, Poker Talk, and the encyclopedic How to Win at Gambling. In 1981, when even the biggest casinos refused him play, Cardoza gave up professional blackjack card counting and founded Cardoza Publishing, the largest gaming book publisher in the world. Cardoza is the home of a who’s who of authors in the world of gambling, including Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, T.J. Cloutier, Mike Caro, Tom McEvoy, Mike Matusow and Arnold Snyder.
Cardoza is a five-time Gold and Platinum award-winning designer (48th annual awards, National Paperbox Association) and the author of the 432-page bible on publishing, The Complete Guide to Successful Publishing, which the Publisher’s Marketing Association called “the most comprehensive guide on publishing…maybe ever.” The Guide has laid the foundation for thousands of writers and publishers in bringing their dreams to fruition.
Cardoza expanded his reach into the world of gambling in 2010 with the purchase of the Gambler’s Book Club (www.gamblersbookclub.com), rescuing a legendary gambling institution with a history dating back to 1964 when founders John and Edna Luckman first opened its doors. Publishers of more than 250 titles—including the first manual on hold'em poker, written by David Sklansky in 1976—and mentioned in over 1,000 others, the store has mentored untold numbers of authors, researchers, documentary filmmakers, and preproduction personnel from Hollywood and television during its almost 50-year history as the reigning authority on gambling publications. John Scarne, Walter Gibson, Sonny Reizner, and the great Harry Houdini are just a few GBC Press authors. Ex-mobsters, FBI agents, and law enforcement personnel regularly shop at Gambler's Book Club, as well as casino owners such as Steve Wynn, Jackie Gaughan, Bob Stupak, Carl Icahn and Jack Binion have patronized the store. In fact, pretty much anyone who was or is anyone in the gambling world has passed through the doors of the GBC. Nick Pileggi (Casino, Wise Guys), Jimmy Breslin (Damon Runyon biographer), and poker legends Brunson and Amarillo Slim are but a few of the memorable book signings that have taken place at the GBC. With the most extensive library of gaming books for sale anywhere, the GBC is an astounding 3,000-book superstore of gambling books—plus a wide range of biographies, Vegas interest items, Mafia titles, and popular games such as chess, backgammon and sudoku.
Tue, 20 September 2011
Greg Niemann graduated with a degree in journalism from California State University, Los Angeles, and is an accredited business communicator. He was a communications manager and publications editor with United Parcel Service for over 34 years before he retired in January 1995. Niemann was president of both the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and was named Communicator of the Year by that organization. He has also served on the board of directors of the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC).
He worked for UPS as a teenager in 1957-58, and then served in the U.S. Army in Germany where he earned the Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) with the highest score in the battalion. He returned to UPS as a Hollywood center delivery driver, and was promoted into management where he edited the company magazine, the Big Idea, in Southern California. Later he coordinated the editing of numerous company publications throughout the West Coast, and often helped organize visits of key UPS executives. He has personally known every UPS CEO from founder Jim Casey to the recent Mike Eskew.
Since retirement, he has been a newspaper columnist and still contributes regularly to several publications. Presently, Niemann is on staff of the San Clemente Journal, writing the award-winning South of the Border column and a travel column featuring Palm Springs and other desert destinations. Most of his articles are travel- or Baja-related, including a series on the Baja missions along with numerous fishing and off-road racing articles.
Niemann’s books include Baja Fever, Baja Legends, Palm Springs Legends, Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS and Las Vegas Legends. The memoirs brought out in Baja Fever created a loyal following of Baja fans. Baja Legends, which focuses on the characters, events, and locations that put Baja California on the map, won an award from the Outdoor Writers Association of California, and is in its third printing. Palm Springs Legends has been one of the top sellers in all Coachella Valley bookstores since its release, and is now also in its third printing. Big Brown is in several languages world-wide, and Las Vegas Legends is being released by Sunbelt Publications in mid-2011.
A popular speaker, Niemann has presented numerous slide shows and/or book signings at venues including: Barnes & Noble, Borders, Costco, Discover Baja Travel Club; Distant Lands Travel Club, Book Expo America, and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. He is a member of the Friends of the Palm Springs Library, the Palm Springs Historical Society, the Las Vegas/Clark County Library District Foundation, and the Friends of Classic Las Vegas. He enjoys big game ocean fishing, fresh water fishing, and other outdoor activities, like hiking, bicycling, and rafting.
Niemann is a fourth generation Californian whose great grandfather at one time published the Pomona Progress and Independent. He and his wife reside in southern California. They travel as much as possible and also have a weekend home in Baja California, Mexico.
Sat, 3 September 2011
2011 Pro Football Las Vegas Linemaker VI $29.95
By Mike Hillin Author/Handicapper
The Las Vegas Linemaker VI is designed to pick winners in pro football using power ratings and spread range charts. The degree of difficulty is equivalent to junior high math and is simple enough for new or experienced handicappers to use. The book takes about 20 minutes of your time to update weekly.
One of the basic fundamentals of football gambling is to determine if the point spread accurately represents the difference in relative strength of the two teams, or if it is a number to create balanced betting action. The power ratings will determine the relative strength between two teams. A comparison with the point spread will show you which team is getting value.
The spread range chart is used to track how teams are doing against the point spread. The rationale behind it is that odds makers are so closely in tune with how teams are doing against the spread. Odds makers tend to make teams that are doing well more expensive, and teams doing poorly more attractive. Power ratings will point out how much odds makers are compensating.
2011 College Stat Tracker $19.95 By Mike Hillin Author/Handicapper
The College Stat Tracker was created with a yardage per point system. The book has every NCAA division 1 college team with two stat pages each, to record statistical data for every game played. The yards per point system is easy to use and requires simple addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication.
A short exercise was added on page 9 to make sure the reader understands the calculations to achieve a theoretical score. The stat columns include team and opponent rankings, offensive and defensive points for and points against, first downs, rushing yards, passing yards, total yards, and offensive and defensive yards per point.
The second page lets you total those figures so you won’t have to go back and calculate them later in the season. The College Stat Tracker gives you the room other publications don’t.
About the Author:
Mike Hillin has been handicapping college and pro football for over 30 years and uses the material that has been the most successful for him. He has arranged this material in two solid handicapping books so that the reader has the best chance to succeed against the odds makers.
Sat, 27 August 2011
A former casino executive and 12-year resident of Las Vegas, Andrew McLean was a table games employee at the Flamingo, the Dunes, and Circus Circus. He’s a graduate of Michigan State University, 1972, and along with his partner and soul mate, Liz (Jenny) Rouse, resides along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.
McLean is the bestselling lead author of Investing in Real Estate (6th Edition) and co-author with George H. Ross, Donald Trump’s right-hand man in Trump Strategies For Real Estate; Billionaire Lessons For the Small Investor, published in four languages by John Wiley & Sons.
“The Las Vegas Chronicles by Andrew McLean is a truly remarkable read. After doing extensive research for my Las Vegas police and Mob books, I figured I knew most everything worth knowing about Sin City. At least that’s what I thought until I read this book.
—Denny Griffin, author
—“BR” Bob L. Riley, Aerospace Engineer retired
—Al Rainosek, Ph.D
Tue, 28 June 2011
EPISODE 86----The Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies for Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More.
Jared Tendler, M.S., LMHC, was a mental game coach for golfers on the PGA and LPGA tours before he became the leading mental game expert in poker. He now coaches some of the top players in poker and more than 170 other professionals from around the world. Jared's groundbreaking methods have also helped thousands more through his training videos, articles, and forum Q&As. He is also a featured coach for DragtheBar.com, and writes monthly instructional articles for WPT Magazine.
Jared earned a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University, and became a licensed mental health counselor prior to becoming a mental game coach in 2005.
Barry Carter is a poker journalist from Sheffield, United Kingdom. He is the editor of uk.pokernews.com and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker, with mental game coach Jared Tendler.
Fri, 24 June 2011
Telling a good story is a talent, and Stu Michaels was born with a silver tongue. A modern-day Will Rogers, Michaels has turned his experiences as a New York City detective and a Las Vegas casino security boss into a book full of rich and witty tales.
Sat, 18 June 2011
Sheldon and his wife, Christine (known collectively as “Team Smith”), have been collecting for more than 25 years! First, they just had random items that “walked away” from the casinos with them – because they just liked them or forgot they had them! But, in the last ten years or so, they have collected casino memorabilia in earnest! “Team Smith’s” primary collection is $1 Nevada chips. However, some say their house looks like a mini-museum! Before leaving Chicago for Las Vegas, they helped organize the Chicago-land Chippers!
Until his retirement and relocation, Sheldon ran a not-for-profit educational institution (TestWatch Research Institute Ltd.) and he has been known to say that “Chips are much easier to work with than students and their parents!” Sheldon and his wife became members a little over ten years ago and have been very active ever since! In addition to serving as Vice-President, Sheldon is also both the Publicity Director and Education Director for the CC>CC.
As Publicity Director, Sheldon significantly expanded the number of articles, placements and announcements regarding the Club and the Annual Convention in national magazines and newspapers, all of which he hopes has helped the Club gain more national attention. Recently, Sheldon was instrumental in arranging for TV’s “American Pickers” to visit club member Doug Deems in Kingman, AZ!
As the Education Director, Sheldon arranges for interesting topics and knowledgeable presenters for the Educational Seminars at the Club’s Annual Convention. These seminars provide additional reasons why collectors of casino memorabilia -- and those who love the history of gambling across the U.S. and around the world -- come to the CC>CC Convention.
Sheldon has also brought PAYPAL to the Club. This provides an easier method of collecting dues and processing purchases from and for the club. He was also able to bring the CC>CC to eBay! Through eBay, the CC>CC now has access to the world’s largest online marketplace – and it to us! Under eBay rules, our Club is “not-for-profit,” which allows members to donate items for sale and now receive a tax donation letter.
Sheldon and Christine have 5.5 grandchildren and more are expected within the year! Their blended family has 2 sons, 1 daughter, 1 son-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law, 1 ex-daughter-in-law, 2 brothers, 2 sisters-in-law, 2 nieces, 2 nephews and assorted cousins, aunts, uncles, friends and pets – all of whom (except the pets!) are expected to be on the look-out for casino memorabilia, chips from wherever they all travel, and anything that is even remotely related to gaming, gambling, or games of chance! One of Sheldon’s Chicago friends affectionately dubs himself, “Sheldon’s chip-mule” because of all the chips he brings back from his many cruises!
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