Get an edge with hot new books

Jun 15, 2004 3:36 AM

The summer is a great time to stock up on gambling books. According to Howard Schwarz at the Gamblers Book Shop in Las Vegas, poker books and magazines have become the hottest items as the poker crazes continues to sweep the country.

With football season right around the corner, there is also an early interest in college and NFL analysis guidebooks as well as trend and stats almanacs. Here are a few of the promising new arrivals at the Gamblers Book Shop, (702) 382-7555.

by Ken Warren, $19.95

Warren explains all aspects of the game in this convenient, definitive guide. Big print, clear explanations, countless charts and sidebars, and a fun approach to the game make this book the ideal guide for players looking to learn or improve their game. Warren covers all the basics —rules, plays, winning strategies — as well as valuable advanced material. From how to bet, raise, check raise, bluff, and semi-bluff to how to use position and pot odds favorably, the book will help players win at the casino and at home. It provides helpful lessons and advice in an accessible, oversized format that players of all levels will appreciate and enjoy. 325 pages, indexed, paperbound.


By L.J. Zahm, $16.95

Very few authors have attempted a strategy book for video keno, but Linda Zahm has mastered the subject with straightforward explanations, analysis and examples for players to follow. There are also plenty of anecdotal case studies based on jackpots won at Las Vegas casinos. The chapter that chronicles a year’s worth of play is worth the price of the book — great examples and suggestions on how players can reap the same rewards. So far, this is the best (if not the only) text on the subject of video keno. 45 pages, illustrated, paperbound.

by Don Schlesinger, $39.99

With more than 100 new pages (the last edition was published in 2000), Schlesinger’s work moves to the top of the "best-bet/must-read" list for serious players. What’s been added? New material on optimal betting ramps; unit sizes; four new risk of ruin equations; new computer simulations by Norm Wattenberger; new material on precise expectations tables; the most accurate basic strategy charts now available; and the effects of rules variations on basic strategy expectations. There are 14 chapters in this marvelous work, including Back-Counting the Shoe Game; Betting Techniques and Win Rates; Evaluating the New Rules and Bonuses; Camouflage; Risk of Ruin; Team Play. In three appendices, the author has Complete Basic Strategy EVs for the 1-2-4-6-8; Basic Strategy Charts for the 1-2 and Multi-Deck Games and the Effects of Rules Variations on Basic Strategy Expectations. 505 pages, hardbound.

by Mike Caro, $14.95

Published in 1979 for the first time and hitting the market when Baldwin’s name was high on the list of poker talk, this book went out of print in the l990s, and has now been rediscovered by an entire new generation of players. Even though it’s not so much a how-to book, the way it relates Baldwin’s experiences and what he learned from the first time he played poker in the early 1960s and the people he met — characters, teachers, hustlers, and of his eventual emergence as a respected superstar of poker, provide much insight into the world of poker. Many of the chapters underscore common mistakes he made and those you should avoid. He talks about the pitfalls of lending money; making bad decisions at the table; losing control and going on tilt; letting ego be a destructive force. It contains 27 chapters, is illustrated and directs itself to more than hold’em because it includes advice at playing five stud; ace-to-five lowball; seven stud; seven stud lowball (razz); five-card draw; and deuce-to-seven low; seven stud high-low split.200 pages, paperbound.

By Serena Lee Ng, $13.99

The author believes that roulette is predictable, a theory based on the signature of the dealers, the signature of the sections and the signature of each group of numbers. The contention is that certain winning numbers are followed within a few spins by a member of a certain group of numbers — a group called the signature number group. This book is based on that kind of research. It comes with a quick reference instruction packet. 102 pages, paperbound.