Texas Hold'em For Dummies introduces you to thefundamental concepts and strategies of this wildly popular game. Itcovers the rules for playing and betting, odds, etiquette, Hold'emlingo, and offers sound advice to avoid mistakes. This handyreference guide gives new and even seasoned players winningstrategies and tactics not just for playing the game, but forwinning. You'll learn:Rules and strategies for limit, no-limit, tournament, andonline playHow to "play" the other playersThe importance of your bankroll—recommended sizes andmoreHands you should and should not playHow to camouflage your play and dodge trapsWhen, who, and how to bluffHow to maximize your win with check-raising and trappingThe different approaches for playing in private games,casinos, card rooms, tournaments, and on the InternetHow to use mathematics to your advantage
Texas Hold 'Em is a game of both skill and chance. Butit's a game that can be beaten, and whether you want to makemoney, sharpen your game, or just have a good time, Texas Hold'Em for Dummies will give you the winning edge.
Maybe you’ve never played poker before and you don’teven know what a full house is. Poker For Dummies covers thebasics. Or perhaps you've played for years, but you justdon’t know how to win. This handy guide will help you walkaway from the poker table with winnings, not lint, in your pockets.If you’re a poker expert, you still canbenefit – some of the suggestions may surprise you,and you can certainly learn from the anecdotes from professionalplayers like T.J. Cloutier and Stu Unger.
Know what it takes to start winning hand after hand by exploringstrategy; getting to know antes and betting structure; knowing youropponents, and understanding the odds. Poker For Dummiesalso covers the following topics and more:Poker games such as Seven-Card Stud, Omaha, and TexasHold'emSetting up a game at homePlaying in a casino: Do's and don'tsImproving your play with Internet and video pokerDeciphering poker sayings and slangTen ways to read your opponent's body languagePlaying in poker tournamentsMoney management and recordkeepingKnowing when and how to bluff
Poker looks like such a simple game. Anyone, it seems, can playit well – but that's far from the truth. Learningthe rules can be quick work, but becoming a winning player takesconsiderably longer. Still, anyone willing to make the effort canbecome a good player. You can succeed in poker the way you succeedin life: by facing it squarely, getting up earlier than the nextperson, and working harder and smarter than the competition.
Foreword by Chris Moneymaker, 2003 World Series of PokerChampion.
One problem: the U.S. Department of Justice was gunning for them. . . .
Based on extensive insider interviews and participation, acclaimed author Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush tells the captivating rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into AbsolutePoker.com, one of the largest online companies in the world, on par with some of the behemoths of the Internet. At its height, Absolute Poker was an online empire earning more than a million dollars a day, following savvy business strategy and even better luck. Its founders set up their operations in the exotic jungle paradise of Costa Rica, embracing an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money.
Meanwhile, the gray area of U.S. and international law in which the company operated was becoming a lot more risky, and soon the U.S. Department of Justice had placed a bull's-eye on Absolute Poker. Should they fold—or double down and ride their hot hand? Impossible to put down, Straight Flush is an exclusive, never-before-seen look behind the headlines of one of the wildest business stories of the past decade.
Kokology, the study of kokoro ("mind" or "spirit" in Japanese), asks you to answer questions about seemingly innocent topics—such as which is the cleanest room in an imaginary house?—and then reveals what your answers say about you. Play it alone as a quest of self-discovery, or play with friends, if you dare!
Kokology 2 offers all-new insights into the surprising real you.
After fifteen years of keeping notes on the things he's learned, the greats he's played with, and the celebrities he's taught, Phil Gordon has poured every single thing he knows about No Limit Texas Hold'em into this little green book. Taking a page from Harvey Penick's bestselling book of golf wisdom, Phil plays the role of both teacher and student, offering up insightful tips on how to think about poker and how to develop a singular style of play. Through philosophy, psychology, strategy, math, and the knowledge gleaned from playing poker with everyone from T. J. Cloutier and Phil Ivey to Hank Azaria and Ben Affleck, Phil breaks down the game into enlightening instructional tidbits and illustrative anecdotes that inspire the kind of persistence and motivation necessary to improve your game.
A book to rank with Doyle Brunson's Super System and David Sklansky's The Theory of Poker, Phil Gordon's Little Green Book deserves a spot on the shelf of every serious student of the game.
One of America's best-known chess masters, Bruce Pandolfini has helped millions learn the intricacies of chess through his acclaimed books and workshops. In this exciting volume, he presents a complete overview of the entire game and its culture. Structured as a dialogue between a beginning student and an expert teacher, Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess takes the student step-by-step from fundamentals to advanced, highly strategic play. Combining easy-to-follow diagrams with trenchant and up-to-date analysis, Pandolfini puts a new twist on accepted chess theory, offering a seamless beginning-to-end approach, including:
• a short introductory history of the game
• the moves, rules, and contemporary notation forms
• the basic principles of chess
• how to develop an opening repertoire
• the art of tactical play
• pattern recognition and memory aids
• traps and pitfalls to be avoided
• middlegame play, strategy, and planning
• defense and counterattack
• transitions to the endgame and the endgame itself
• computers and the future of chess
• the best websites for playing chess online
With Pandolfini's expert insight into the history and modern world of chess, as well as several appendices to enhance play and appreciation, Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess makes the perfect gift for players of all ages and will be the benchmark title for chess players for years to come.
If you've never tried Pot-Limit Omaha, you're missing out on the most exciting, most lucrative cash game around. Omaha has long been the most popular form of poker in Europe, and now it's spreading like wildfire throughout North America. The reason is simple: Omaha offers more action and bigger pots than Texas Hold'em. Isn't it time you got in on it?
Whether you're a cash-game professional or poker hobbyist--and whether you play live or online--this book will arm you with a winning big-play strategy that's easy to master even if you've never played Omaha before. You'll discover the subtle distinctions that set Omaha above other games.
Key topics include:
• The Big Play Objectives
• The Power of the Big Draw
• Straight Draws and Starting Hand Construction
• Playing the Position Game
• Limit Omaha Hi/Lo and Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
Complete with practice situations and hand quizzes, this is the most comprehensive Omaha book available--and the only one you'll ever need.
Jeff Hwang is a semi-professional poker player and an investment analyst who regularly writes about the gaming industry for the Motley Fool, a well known website about stocks and investing. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S./B.A. in both finance and management, Jeff has been an advantage player since 1999, when he took an interest in blackjack. After he graduated college, Jeff picked up poker, and he has been playing semi-professionally ever since. His regular lineup includes Pot-Limit Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo, with the occasional No-Limit Hold'em game. The material in this book is the result of playing various Omaha games nearly exclusively for over eighteen months, both live and online. Jeff lives in St. Louis eight months of the year and spends time in Fort Lauderdale, Washington, D.C., and on the road the rest.
Did you love Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol? Are youfascinated by secret codes and deciphering lost history?Cracking Codes and Cryptograms For Dummies shows you how tothink like a symbologist to uncover mysteries and history bysolving cryptograms and cracking codes that relate to Freemasonry,the Knights Templar, the Illuminati, and other secret societies andconspiracy theories.
You'll get easy-to-follow instructions for solving everythingfrom the simplest puzzles to fiendishly difficult ciphers usingsecret codes and lost symbols.Over 350 handcrafted cryptograms and ciphers of varyingtypesTips and tricks for cracking even the toughest codeSutherland is a syndicated puzzle author; Koltko-Rivera is anexpert on the major symbols and ceremonies of Freemasonry
With the helpful information in this friendly guide, you'll beunveiling mysteries and shedding light on history in no time!
This book is the only poker book available that caters specifically to online sit-n-go (SNG) single-table low-limit Texas Hold’em tournaments. More importantly, it is the only poker book that guides the reader on a progressive path upward through the various limits, with only the information necessary to win with any bankroll or skill level to beat that specific low limit. Presented in a series of steps, the book provides guidelines that help tell the reader when to move up to a higher limit.
SNG’s have very predictable durations (40-60 minutes) so the reader could effectively set aside blocks of time to play. Unlike other games, the book contends that SNG’s have very predictable win/loss rates, can be defeated systematically, and offer an innate system of progression. That is, the various buy-in amounts can be viewed as a climbable ladder that helps gauge success.
As with any gambling, winning is not a sure thing. But this book gives you the tools you need to win.
In his Little Gold Book, Phil Gordon reexamines the game from the ground up. The key to competing with today’s top players is finding the post-flop edge, but to really understand this new playing style, you need to get comfortable with the underlying math. Don’t be intimidated. Gordon makes this challenging material as approachable and simple as possible. Beginning with the foundations of Poker 2.0, he unpacks the modern poker player’s tool kit, rigorously examines the new lines of play in No Limit Hold’em, dissects the fast and furious strategies of Pot Limit Omaha, and explores the winning poker mind-set that will take your game to an entirely different level.
The golden age of poker is upon us. Phil Gordon’s Little Gold Book will shorten your learning curve, and if you’re willing to put in the time and the work, big bankrolls await.
Now You Can.
One of professional poker's most intriguing and fascinating players, Gus Hansen has often been called "The Madman" for his crazy, fearless, aggressive style. But you can't dispute the fact that this poker superstar knows how to win--and win big. The holder of the inaugural Poker Superstars Invitational title as well as the only player to win three World Poker Tour tournaments, Gus won his fifth major international title when he became the 2007 Aussie Millions Champion, outlasting 747 players and nabbing $1.2 million. Now, for the first time ever, Gus analyzes the hands that he played during the tournament and reveals his secrets for winning in Every Hand Revealed.
• An extensive, easy-to-follow analysis of the more than 300 hands he played during the Aussie Millions. . .
• The radical, yet coolly logical, methods behind Gus's "madness" that have helped him to win consistently. . .
• Each and every bluff, precise calculation, educated guess, and read of his opponents . . .
• How to call large bets with seemingly unplayable hands. . .
• When to raise out of position with garbage holdings. . .
• How the prize structure should influence your play. . .
• And much more!
Offering unlimited access to one of the most successful, popular poker players out there, Every Hand Revealed will help you understand some of poker's most coveted secrets--and simply shows you the right way to play the game whether you're a beginner or a poker pro. Now with Gus Hansen by your side, you too can turbo-charge your game and watch it take off!
Superstar poker pro Gus Hansen has shaken up the poker world with his loose, aggressive style. Called "The Great Dane" as well as "The Madman," the five-time international title-holder transforms his hands with cool logic . . .and flattens his opponents. Voted one of the world's sexiest men by People Magazine, Gus is an avid athlete, backgammon player, and poker commentator for both Danish and American T.V.
Gordon walks readers through hands that he's encountered in cash games; early, middle, and late tournament play; Sit & Gos; satellites and supersatellites; and the final table of the World Series of Poker, revealing not only what plays he made but also why he made them. He relates what goes through a pro's mind in every situation, whether it's a timely bluff or a questionable call, and helps players calculate their own best moves in the most pressure-fueled of situations. In analyzing specific hands, Gordon also imparts important lessons in key poker skills such as calculating odds, shorthanded play, and discovering tells. And he discusses memorable plays -- the good and the oh-so-bad -- explaining why certain moves were made and, in many cases, how the hands should have been played differently.
Insightful, witty, and filled with real-life pro secrets, Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book is required reading for every player looking to make a profit and raise his game to the next level.
In this fascinating look at the card sharper?s art?from its origins in Renaissance Italy to the high-tech methods of today?deception expert Allan Kronzek reveals 52 of the most diabolical scams ever invented. Topics include codes and signaling systems, hidden cameras and miniature ear pieces, false shuffles, cuts and deals, peeking and flashing, deck and card switches, culling, instant stacks, marked cards, ?location play,? the ?cooler,? and dozens of other devious devices.
Each chapter zeroes in on a single cheating concept and provides expert advice on how to spot and foil the scam (when possible!). You?ll learn the secrets of shade, flash, and juice?the subtlest marking systems; why cutting the cards doesn?t guarantee an honest deal, how a crooked dealer can stack the flop in hold ?em, why casino card rooms are not 100% safe, and how cheating crews crush the opposition without marked cards or sleight of hand.
Thoroughly illustrated and researched, and enlivened with historical sidebars, 52 Ways to Cheat at Poker is essential reading for anyone who plays cards for money? or anyone interested in the ingenious ways cheats steal your money while appearing to do nothing at all.
But now, Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer specializing in nonverbal communication and behavior analysis—or, to put it simply, a man who can tell when someone's lying—offers foolproof techniques, illustrated with amazing examples from poker pro Phil Hellmuth, that will help you decode and interpret your opponents' body language and other silent tip-offs while concealing your own. You'll become a human lie detector, ready to call every bluff—and the most feared player in the room.
You never get a second chance to make a firstimpression?especially in the game of chess! Chess Openings ForDummies gives you tips and techniques for analyzing openingsand strategies for winning chess games from the very first move youmake!
This friendly, helpful guide provides you with easy-to-followand step-by-step instructions on the top opening chess strategiesand gives you the tools you need to develop your own line of attackfrom the very start.Includes illustrations to help ensure victoryEquips you with the tools and strategies to plan a winningstrategyAlso serves as a valuable resource for curriculums that usechess as a learning tool
Whether you?re a veteran or novice chess player, ChessOpenings For Dummies is the ultimate guide to getting a grip onthe openings and variants that will ensure you have all the rightmoves to open and win any chess game.
Here are the rules of the game from the master, including invaluable advice on how to play the hand you are dealt—what to bet, when to raise, when to bluff, when to fold—as well as surefire techniques for developing and trusting in your own ability to "read" your opponents and interpret their moves.
Whether you're sitting in at a comfortable Limit Hold'em game or going for the gold at a high-stakes No-Limit table, this book will have you winning in no time, the Phil Hellmuth way!
Backgammon is one of the oldest games in the world, the originsof which date back some 5000 years – and it's still goingstrong. It enjoyed a huge resurgence in the 1970s, and then againin the 1990s with the popularity of the Internet, where millions ofpeople play tournaments online every day.
Today, backgammon's following in the UK is huge, with adedicated British Isles Backgammon Association, and hundreds offace-to-face tournaments taking place across the UK every year.
In this book, backgammon expert Chris Bray walks you through thebasics of setting up a board, opening strategies, middle andend-game tactics, and tips on when to make key moves. You'll alsoget to grips with basic probabilities, the doubling cube and the25% rule. And if you want to take your gaming further, there'splenty of advice to get you started in tournament backgammon, aswell as playing online.
Suitable for both beginners and experienced player looking formore tips and techniques, Backgammon For Dummies includescoverage on:Starting and Playing the GameHandling the Middle GameBearing Off (The Last Lap)Varying the PlayAbout the author
In Stacking the Deck, Bryan Berg reveals the secret to successful cardstacking with his simple four-card-cell structure and expanded grid techniques. Using illustrations and step-by-step instructions, he guides readers on to more elaborate -- and incredibly strong -- creations. He covers a wide range of architectural styles, from classic to whimsical, and various types of structures, including pyramids, shrines, stadiums, churches, an oil derrick, and even the Empire State Building. Since first setting the height record in 1992, Bryan's built awe-inspiring card models of a Japanese shrine, the Iowa State Capitol building, Ebbets Field, and his latest tower, which is more than twenty-five feet tall! This book includes photographs of some of these amazing pieces, illustrating just how appealing and enduring a "house of cards" can be. Stacking the Deck will inspire everyone from youngsters experimenting with their first deck of cards to adults, who can create their own private skyscrapers.
Once you've read Stacking the Deck, you'll never look at a deck of cards the same way again.
Poker has never been hotter, with the World Series of Poker and celebrity tournaments flooding television screens and online poker rooms drawing millions of visitors every month. While the basic rules of poker are fairly simple, learning how to win can be a challenging—and potentially expensive—experience for novice players.
Updated with the latest information, this essential guide from renowned casino insider Victor H. Royer reveals what it takes to more consistently profit from real-life situations. Here you'll find practical, easy-to-apply lessons to help achieve better, more consistent results when playing at the casino, in a local tournament, online, or just in a casual Friday night game with friends:
An easy-to-use odds chart for starting hands
Rules and techniques for Texas Hold'Em, stud poker, Omaha Hi-Lo, and others
The lowdown on low- and middle-limit cash games
How to play in tournaments both small and large
The ins and outs of playing online
The newest poker games, including Badugi, Badacey, mixed games like H.O.R.S.E., and more!
A smart player is a strong player—let Powerful Profits from Poker put you on the winning path.
be in every player's library. If you're serious about winning, you'll
realize that most of the profit comes from being able to read your
opponents. Caro reveals the the secrets of interpreting tells-physical
reactions that reveal information about a player's cards-such as shrugs,
sighs, shaky hands, eye contact, and many more. Learn when opponents
are bluffing, when they aren't and why-based solely on their mannerisms.
Over 170 photos of players in action and play-by-play examples show the
actual tells. These powerful ideas will give you the decisive edge.
Molly Bloom reveals how she built one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world—an insider’s story of excess and danger, glamour and greed.
In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen—she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play.
Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly’s game became the game for those in the know—celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exclusive restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men, and was privy to the world’s most delicious gossip, until it all came crashing down around her.
Molly’s Game is a behind the scenes look at Molly’s game, the life she created, the life she lost, and what she learned in the process.
Phil Hellmuth, Jr., a seven-time World Champion of Poker, presents his tournament-tested strategies to beat any type of player, including:The Jackal (crazy and unpredictable)The Elephant (plays too many hands) The Mouse (plays very conservatively)The Lion (skilled and tough to beat)
Play Poker Like the Pros begins by laying out the rules and set-up of each game and then moves on to easy-to-follow basic and advanced strategies. Hellmuth teaches exactly which hands to play, when to bluff, when to raise, and when to fold. In addition Hellmuth provides techniques for reading other players and staying cool under pressure. There are also special chapters on how to beat online poker games and an inside look at tournament play.
As featured in the best selling book Paper Flow, this system is a beautifully simple, tried and tested way to deal all the paper that enters our lives. The 28-day Challenge is your step-by-step guide to putting Paper Flow to work in any setting.
The challenge includes a home-office makeover, how to tame your action paperwork, how to conquer your reference paperwork, and adopt a routine that will prevent any more paper piles again.
Everybody will benefit from taking the Paper Flow 28-day Challenge: households, students, executives, home-based or mobile businesses, mums and dads, frequent travelers, retirees, empty-nesters and more!
Every serious poker player knows there’s a big difference between playing well and winning: Winners successfully master discipline and specific habits that keep them ahead of the competition—because as much as poker may be a game of chance, it is also a game of skill, knowledge, and mental acuity.
In Poker Winners Are Different, poker guru Dr. Alan N. Schoonmaker explains the key skills that enable winners to bring home the big money. With his expert guidance you’ll learn to: Manage risk and informationDevelop better disciplineImprove your decision-making processesFocus on the right issuesChoose the information you share with othersControl your reactions and emotionsAct decisively
Featuring a foreword by tournament-winning professional poker player David “The Mathematician” Sklansky, this accessible and comprehensive book is perfect for anyone looking to up their card game, play more confidently—and, above all, win more often.
From organizing your first D&D game to dealing withdifficult players, this book covers everything a DM needs to know.Written for the newest edition of D&D by the experts at Wizardsof the Coast, creators of the game, it shows you how to:Build challenging encounters, make reasonable rulings, andmanage disagreementsRecognize all the common codes, tables, and spellsUnderstand the parts of a D&D adventure and how to createdungeon maps and craft monstersShape storylines and write your own adventuresFind your style as a DM and develop a game style that plays toyour strengthsScript an encounter, vary the terrain and challenges, andestablish rewards (experience points and treasure)Decide whether to use published adventuresUse and follow the official Dungeon Master’sGuideDevelop a campaign with exciting themes, memorable villains,and plots that keep players entranced
If you’re getting the urge to lead the charge in a D&Dgame of your own, Dungeon Master 4th Edition For Dummieswill introduce you to the DM’s many jobs. With theinformation you need to start your own game, craft excitingstories, and set up epic adventures, you’ll be on yourway!
When novices won the World Series of Poker in 2003 and 2004, the word was out: you didn't have to be a pro to take the big prizes from even the toughest poker tournaments. Casinos across the world pulled out slots and put in tables, and thousands of new tournaments have sprang up almost overnight on the Internet.
Victor H. Royer, world-renowned gambling columnist and author, can get your tournament game where it needs to be—whether you're an average player in a card room or a novice in front of your computer. Royer shows how the smart players learn to adapt their strategies to beat those who are still using older methods. Updated with the latest information, this book will teach you how to:
Bring your game up to tournament levels
Avoid common pitfalls of poker tournaments
Compete at poker tournament speeds
Find the best online tournaments and satellites
Play all forms of tournament poker, including H.O.R.S.E., Badugi, and Big O
If you're ready to step up to the tournament level, Powerful Profits from Tournament Poker is ready to take you there?and to show you how to win!
Do you play hands you should fold? Do you sometimes go too far with hands, hoping to get lucky while knowing that the pot odds don't justify calling? Ever kept playing even when you knew you were off your game because you were losing and wanted to get even? Have you let anger or destructive urges affect the way you play even though you know better?
Don't despair! Now, in Your Worst Poker Enemy, psychologist Dr. Alan Schoonmaker shows you how to reap the full benefits of the poker knowledge you already have by helping you to identify and stop psychologically based mistakes. This must-have book also features detailed sections that examine crucial points far beyond the scope of most other poker strategy guides, including:
• Using Intuition vs. Logic
• Evaluating Yourself and the Opposition
• Understanding Unconscious and Emotional Factors
• Adjusting to Changes
• Handling stress
Dr. Schoonmaker will help you to recognize and defeat the often crippling psychological factors that distort your perceptions about yourself, other players, and the game itself and send you on your way to becoming the best poker player you can be!
Alan N. Schoonmaker, Ph.D, is the author of the top-selling The Psychology of Poker and is a columnist for Card Player magazine. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Berkeley and has conducted research and taught at UCLA, Carnegie-Mellon, and Belgium's Catholic University of Louvain. He lives in Las Vegas.
In 2011, Grantland magazine gave bestselling novelist Colson Whitehead $10,000 to play at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It was the assignment of a lifetime, except for one hitch—he’d never played in a casino tournament before. With just six weeks to train, our humble narrator took the Greyhound to Atlantic City to learn the ways of high-stakes Texas Hold’em.
Poker culture, he discovered, is marked by joy, heartbreak, and grizzled veterans playing against teenage hotshots weaned on Internet gambling. Not to mention the not-to-be overlooked issue of coordinating Port Authority bus schedules with your kid’s drop-off and pickup at school. Finally arriving in Vegas for the multimillion-dollar tournament, Whitehead brilliantly details his progress, both literal and existential, through the event’s antes and turns, through its gritty moments of calculation, hope, and spectacle. Entertaining, ironic, and strangely profound, this epic search for meaning at the World Series of Poker is a sure bet.
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A handy list of the 94 two-letter words sure to pile on the points Over 800 three-letter words -- 550 of which can be formed from two-letter words All eight-letter words that can be formed from seven-letter words Every word up to seven letters you can play!
To increase your word-building power and achieve the highest score, keep The Scrabble® Word-Building Book at your fingertips -- and beat your opponent every time!
Like a secret society, poker has its own language and custom—its own governing logic and rules of etiquette that the uninitiated may find intimidating. It's a game of skill, and playing well depends on more than just a good hand or the ability to hide emotion. The first step toward developing a style of play worthy of the greats is learning to think like a poker player. In a game where there are no absolutes, mastering the basics is only the beginning—being able to pull off the strategy and theatrics is the difference between legendary wins and epic failure.
The book begins with the history and origin and moves on to the rules of play and ways to win and avoid essential errors as well as the etiquette to follow. With everything from clear instructions on dealing, building, and distributing tiles to a look at the history and future of the game, this is the essential book for anyone who wants to have fun–and win–while playing mah–jongg.
Bet wisely, beat the house, and bring home the bucks!
Crazy about casinos, but worried about losing your shirt? Relax!This hands-on guide is filled with insider secrets and tips formaximizing winnings and minimizing losses in the most popularcasino games --blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, slots, and more.You get the scoop on everything from game rules and jargon tomaking the best bets (and knowing when to quit).
Discover how to
* Understand the odds
* Develop winning strategies
* Avoid gimmicks and bad bets
* Manage your money effectively
* Gamble on the Internet
* Deal with the IRS
In The King of Vegas' Guide to Gambling, Wayne Allyn Root of Spike TV's King of Vegas (TM) demonstrates why it is vital to take risks in life—whether in the casino, on the playing field, or in the boardroom. Root lives an American dream: He makes money watching sports on television. In fact, as CEO of GWIN Inc., America's only publicly traded sports-handicapping firm, Root is a self-made millionaire with hundreds of thousands of sports-betting clients and fans. In this book, he reveals the spiritual principles behind his consistently winning hand. Turning the popular conception of the casino denizen on its head, Root shows readers how to concentrate on the risks they take and to cultivate tranquillity in the face of life-defining, stressful moments. Bringing a unique contrarian approach to gambling, Wayne Allyn Root states his maxim of never following the masses and always taking the lead in life, and guides the way to navigate successfully the many gambles life offers.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
To get you off to a fast start, Dungeon Master ForDummies includes:A sample dungeon for practiceTen ready-to-use encounters and ten challenging trapsA list of simple adventure premisesMapping tips, including common scales, symbols, andconventions, complete with tables
Authors Bill Slavicsek and Richard Baker wrote the hugelypopular Dungeons and Dragons For Dummies. Bill has been agame designer since 1986 and leads the D&D creative team atWizards of the Coast. Richard is a game developer and the author ofthe fantasy bestseller Condemnation. They give you the scoopon:Using a DM binder to keep records such as an adventure log,PCs’ character sheets, NPC logs/character sheets, treasurelogs, and moreKnowing player styles (role players and power games) and commonsubgroups: hack’n’slasher, wargamer, thinker, impulsiveadventurer, explorer, character actor, and watcherRecognizing your style: action movie director, storyteller,worldbuilder, puzzlemaker, or connectorUsing miniatures, maps, and other game aidsUsing 21st century technology, such as a Web site or blog, toenhance your game
The book includes a sample adventure, The Necromancer’sApprentice, that’s the perfect way to foray into DMing. Itincludes everything you need for a great adventure—exceptyour players. What are you waiting for? There are chambers to beexplored, dragons to be slain, maidens to be rescued, gangs ofgnoll warriors to be annihilated, worgs to be wiped out, treasuresto be discovered, worlds to be conquered….
Want to stop leaving your chips on the table and start taking more winnings home? How about moving from your Wednesday night game to the big time? The Portable Poker Pro can boost any player's game--whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player! This easy guide to hold'em poker will teach you the strategies, techniques, and nuances that separate the studs from the duds so you can win, win, win! You'll learn:
• Poker terms, betting talk, hand rankings, general rules, and poker etiquette
• Strategies for calling, raising, getting heads-up with your opponent, and staying off the defensive
• How losing hands--and losing bluffs--can set up a big win later
• How to unravel your opponents' playing styles
• And much more. . .
It is often repeated that more than 50 million Americans do crossword puzzles on a regular basis. Skeptical of that claim, Dean Olsher does his own research and finds that the number is nearly dead-on. Filled with lively, original reporting, From Square One disputes the widely held belief that solving crosswords helps prevent Alzheimer's; in fact, the drive to fill in empty spaces is more likely a mental illness than a cure. While "puzzle addiction" is usually meant as a lighthearted metaphor, the term contains more than a nugget of truth.
Olsher looks into the origins and traditions of this popular pastime, which made its debut in a New York newspaper in 1913. Or did it? Along the way, he takes readers inside the making of a crossword. He also revives the quest of musical-theater legend and puzzle constructor Stephen Sondheim to find an American audience for a British crossword style that demands a love of verbal playfulness over knowledge of arcane trivia.
Informative, engaging, and often surprising, From Square One is a unique and enjoyable read for puzzlers and nonpuzzlers alike.
The ultimate bully-magnet, Finkel grew up heckled and hazed until destiny came in the form of a trading-card game called Magic: The Gathering. Magic exploded from nerdy obsession to mainstream mania and made the teenage Finkel an ultracool world champion.
Once transformed, this young shark stormed poker rooms from the underground clubs of New York City to the high-stakes tables online, until he landed on the largest card-counting blackjack team in the country. Taking Vegas for millions, Finkel’s squad of brainy gamers became the biggest players in town. Then they took on the town’s biggest game, the World Series of Poker, and walked away with more than $3.5 million.
Thrilling, edgy, and ferociously feel-good, the odyssey of these underdogs-turned-overlords is the stuff of pop-culture legend. And David Kushner, acclaimed author of Masters of Doom, masterfully deals out the outrageous details while bringing to life a cast of characters rife with aces, kings, knaves . . . and more than a few jokers. If you secretly believe every player has his day, you’re right. Here’s the proof.
From the Hardcover edition.
The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide covers the whole RPS scene from the school yard to the pro level, including RPS culture around the world, the personality behind each throw, and secrets of the RPS masters. Learn how to intimidate your opponent and anticipate his next move. Get the answers to burning questions such as "Does Rock crush Scissors, or are Scissors dulled by Rock?" and "Who invented RPS?" Forget about flipping a coin or consulting your Magic 8 Ball -- Rock Paper Scissors is the only decision-making tool anyone needs.