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"The Expert at the Card Table is the most famous, the most carefully studied book ever published on the art of manipulating cards at gaming tables." —from the Foreword by Martin Gardner.
For almost a century, this book has been considered indispensable to attaining the highest level of card mastery. In it, S. W. Erdnase, a supreme master of card manipulation, teaches card enthusiasts how to perform the dazzling tricks and sleights — many of them his own creations — that made him famous.
The first section of the book deals with card table artifice, or, to put it more bluntly, cheating at cards. Step by step, Mr. Erdnase demonstrates his own systems of false shuffling, false riffling and cutting, dealing from the bottom, and such slick moves as palming cards, "skinning the hand" — even three-card monte.
The second section covers legerdemain: the art of forcing a card, one- and two-hand transformations, the devious "slide" and more. Card handlers will love Erdnase's selection of dazzling card tricks, including The Acrobatic Jacks, The Exclusive Coterie, The Divining Rod, The Invisible Flights, A Mind Reading Trick, and many others.
In an informative Foreword to this edition, Martin Gardner relates the unhappy details of the author's personal life, and recounts the history of this famous book, whose methods, Mr. Gardner asserts, "are as useful today by magicians and card hustlers as they were in 1902. This book is still the bible of card 'mechanics,' and as much a delight to read as it was in the early years of this century."
In the early 1900s, Charles Goren developed a simple point-count system for the game of bridge. It quickly became the most widely used process for evaluating a players hand. It remains to this day the most commonly used process. Its popularity rests with its simplicity since it is so easy to remember. In this book, a similar point-count system is described for the game of Texas Holdem. It allows players to quickly evaluate the strength of their cards and thereby eliminates the need to utilize, or remember, the many tables of probabilities that are typically included in most of the other books on Texas Holdem. It takes into consideration more than just the initial two cards a player receives, such as position at the table, size of other bets, stage of a tournament, stack size, and special combinations of cards, such as connected and/or suited cards. After the initial development of this process, it was tested while playing over ten thousand actual hands with solid results. During this time, it was clear that many players enter hands by overrating their cards, which then often leads to unnecessary loss of chips. By using this point-count system, only those cards with a relatively high probability of success are played. Admittedly, there is the unique aspect of Holdem in which bluffing is important, so topics such as that are also included. This book was written specifically to allow an amateur player to quickly learn a process in which steady winnings are achieved in playing in no-limit Holdem tournaments. Such tournaments can be a single-table tournament or one with many tables. Such tournaments are available in all the casinos, in cruise ships, or in local friendly games. They are also available online, so there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy this game.
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In Lessons from the Pro Poker Tour, David Apostolico explored the tournament strategies that have taken professionals like Doyle Brunson, T.J. Cloutier, and Billy Baxter to the very top. Now he shows you how to apply those advanced techniques and tactics to all kinds of no-limit hold'em tournaments--multi-table, single table, online, satellites, sit and go--so that you can win at every level in every arena, from freerolls to big money events.

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Apostolico provides in-depth analysis of hands he's encountered in real-life games, plus key sample hands that cover crucial poker concepts. He reveals the thought processes that go into making the smartest decision, no matter what cards you're dealt or what environment you're playing in. In learning to think like a pro, you'll also learn to anticipate your opponents' moves, and you'll acquire strategies that can be used to throw even the most experienced players off their game. Apostolico recounts notable hands he's played with some of the best in the business, including Barry Greenstein and John Phan, and also offers insights gleaned from his many years on the circuit, as well as advice on adapting and evolving your strategy to suit each game.

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Whether you're aiming to dominate your neighborhood game or make your first inroads into the big money tournaments, Lessons from the Felt provides the expertise and analysis you need to improve your skills, your odds, and your enjoyment.

David Apostolico is the author of Lessons from the Pro Poker Tour, Tournament Poker and the Art of War, and Machiavellian Poker Strategy. He plays in dozens of poker tournaments each year and has won tournaments in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and online.
A deliciously wry, edge-of-the-seat memoir of making a fortune with card counters across a wide swath of blackjack in America.

At twenty-four, Josh Axelrad held down a respectable and ominously dull job on Wall Street. Adventure was a tuna fish sandwich instead of the usual turkey for lunch. Then one night, a stranger at a cocktail party persuaded him to leave the nine-to-five behind and pursue an unlikely dream: the jackpot. The stranger was a blackjack card counter, and he sold Axelrad on the vision of Vegas with all its intrigue, adventure- and cash.

Repeat Until Rich is Axelrad's taut, atmospheric, and darkly hilarious account of ditching the mundane and entering the alternative universe of professional blackjack. Axelrad has one thing in common with his team: Jon Roth, the leader and a former options trader; Neal Matcha, a recovering lawyer; Aldous Kaufman, a retired math Ph.D. candidate. They all thrived in the straight world, found success boring, and vowed to make life more exotic. Axelrad adopts Roth's philosophy-"repeat until rich"-and from his strategy and skill spring hasty retreats across casino floors, high-speed car chases, arrests on dubious grounds, and the massive cash paydays that make it all worthwhile.

Along the way, he unveils the tactics and debunks the myths of professional card counters. In team play, he's either the "big player," who bets the big money, or the "controller," who subtly coordinates the team's betting while wagering only the minimum himself. Counting is not illegal, and it's less intellectually daunting than its MIT-level mystique suggests. With clarity and wit, Repeat Until Rich proves the old gambler's maxim that "if you can tip a waiter, you can count cards." But it also proves how zealous, even forceful, casino bosses can be in "backing off" counters-seeing past their undercover methods and banning them from the tables. Josh soon grows to love all this trouble, and discovers, more than the money, what he needs most of all is the rush.

Filled with actual bad guys, chase scenes, and high stakes, Repeat Until Rich offers an intoxicating, unprecedented view of the dangerous allure of living off the cards and one's wits.
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