Learn college basketball while rating U.S. casinos

Nov 18, 2008 4:55 PM

Book Reviews by Howard Schwartz |

One of the most interesting resources for evaluating college basketball teams, key players and statistical leaders in a variety of categories is the College Basketball Prospectus 2008-09 edited and compiled by Ken Pomeroy, John Gasaway and staff (323 pages, 8x11 paperbound, $21.95).

This book, along with the enormously popular 2009 American Casino Guide (496 pages, paper bound, $18.95), written and edited by Steve Bourie, have arrived at Gamblers Book Shop (gamblersbook.com to order) in time to help both sports bettors and bargain hunters.

What makes the Prospectus different from other resources are the essays and statistical evaluations of teams and players. What I call essays are thought-provoking chapters about turnovers; key freshmen and how they may impact a team’s progress as a season moves along.

The book evaluates 10 major conferences, and in a major section dissects factors such as the lack of or the emergence of offensive rebounders, three-point attempts and which conferences reflect home court advantage.

This is a book which might make you think a little more about factors ignored previously when betting college basketball. Certainly it will make you look forward to seeing a particular team or individual the first time that team’s game is televised.

The American Casino Guide has much to offer both the bargain hunter and player. It gives advice on the games, illustrates through maps, phone numbers, websites, amenities, games offered and what you can expect state by state if you’re traveling or plan to move where casino or parimutuel gaming exists.

Starting at page 345, there are coupons for match play, food and lodging discounts, freebies and discounts for rides, T-shirts, shows, car rentals, even a massage. This is a fine gift item for a friend or relative, which fits easily into a glove compartment or luggage and is good through the end of 2009.

Although a majority of the coupons are for us in Nevada, states like Mississippi, Connecticut, California and New Jersey, along with a dozen or more others are included.

Articles about how to play the games, slot clubs and tournaments add value. It can help save money via the coupons and smarter playing strategies.

Any item reviewed here is available from Gambler’s Book Shop (Gambler’s Book Club). The store’s website is www.gamblersbook.com. You may order there using MasterCard, VISA or Discover (no CODs please) or by phoning the store any day except Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time at 1-800-522-1777. Orders usually shipped the next working day.

The store, now in its 44th year, is located a mile from downtown Las Vegas, a block west of Maryland Parkway, just off Charleston Boulevard at South 11th Street. You may view the store’s complete array of books, videos and software via the website or request that a hard copy of the catalog be mailed free and first-class. The store’s address is 630 S. 11th St., Las Vegas, 89101.