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Oct 7, 2008 5:02 PM

Book Reviews by Howard Schwartz |

Collin Moshman’s great book called Sit ‘n Go Strategy (Expert Advice for Beating One-Table Poker Tournaments) was perfectly timed last year. He has produced a superior new effort titled Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em (393 pages, paperbound, $29.95).

This book, the Todd Roberts’ 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’ The Official U.S. Casino Chip Price Guide (398 pages, paper bound, $29.95), made the last seven days in September a banner week for new arrivals at Gambler’s Book Shop.

Moshman earns much of his income playing online poker. It was there he discovered the tight strategy needed for normal sit ‘n go tournaments were 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.

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; and 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 and Yellow Kid Weil.

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. More than 2,000 rare casino chips worth more than $2 million are listed.