The Gambler's Guide to the World: The Inside Scoop from a Professional Player on Finding the Action, Beating the Odds, and Living It Up Around the Globe

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Jesse May has the Inside Scoop

On blackjack odds in Curaçao:
"Good enough to lay down everything and travel halfway around the world."

On the Super Bowl in Las Vegas:  
"For those in the know it has always taken place in Las Vegas."

On slots in Costa Rica:  
"If you really have to, why don't you just hire someone to shine a flashlight in your eyes and take your wallet."

And much more! Jesse May, an intrepid gambler, experienced poker pro, and critically acclaimed writer, has traveled across the country and around the world in search of the hottest gambling action. From sports betting in Costa Rica to high-stakes Vegas poker, from caviar and vodka in Moscow to funnel cakes and submarine sandwiches in Atlantic City, May has tried his hand and his luck at gambling and indulged in the good life across the globe. In The Gambler's Guide to the World, he blends an insightful travel guide with a lively travel narrative to create a totally unique guidebook to the choicest sites in the world.

The Gambler's Guide to the World also includes:

In-depth gambling advice for both novices and experienced players
A glossary of gambling terms
Helpful hints on tipping, fashion, etiquette, and more
Entertaining anecdotes from the gambling life
Loads of details on everything from Internet access to transportation
Totally up-front reviews of hotels, restaurants, clubs, and casinos
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About the author

JESSE MAY has written for Poker Digest and High Stakes Magazine, and is the author of the novel Shut Up and Deal. He is the voice and play-by-play commentator on the British television series “Late Night Poker.” Originally from New Jersey, he now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, but can usually be found wherever the best game is.
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Publisher
Broadway Books
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Published on
Apr 17, 2013
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9780307830081
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Language
English
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Genres
Games & Activities / Gambling / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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Based on his experiences in the strange world of poker, May's debut novel Shut Up and Deal is the story of a nontraditional '90s slacker, a dropout with an incurable obsession and incredible stamina, who makes a career in a profession where the only goals are to stay in action and to not go broke. In Shut Up and Deal, a professional poker player takes readers along on his adventures over several years in and out of casinos and card rooms in locales such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Amsterdam. 

Told in a catching, likeable voice, this story offers up one rip-roaring poker-table drama after another, with narrator Mickey ultimately finding himself in a spot that jeopardizes his entire bankroll and calls into question his morals, such as they are. In rhythmic, high-octane prose that is as addictive as the game it describes, Shut Up and Deal zooms in on the swirling, feverish microcosm of the contemporary poker world from its very first line and never cuts away.
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In 1987, there was legalized poker in Nevada and in one county of California. Author Jesse May was seventeen years old and already hooked. By 1996, poker could be legally played in casinos in over twenty states of the union and five countries in Europe. Legalization changed the face of poker, and as the game came of age, so did May, who by 1989 had dropped out of the University of Chicago after one year due to irreconcilable differences between Tuesday- and Thursday-morning classes and Monday- and Wednesday-night poker games.

Based on his experiences in the strange world of poker, May's debut novel Shut Up and Deal is the story of a nontraditional '90s slacker, a dropout with an incurable obsession and incredible stamina, who makes a career in a profession where the only goals are to stay in action and to not go broke. In Shut Up and Deal, a professional poker player takes readers along on his adventures over several years in and out of casinos and card rooms in locales such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Amsterdam. 

Told in a catching, likeable voice, this story offers up one rip-roaring poker-table drama after another, with narrator Mickey ultimately finding himself in a spot that jeopardizes his entire bankroll and calls into question his morals, such as they are. In rhythmic, high-octane prose that is as addictive as the game it describes, Shut Up and Deal zooms in on the swirling, feverish microcosm of the contemporary poker world from its very first line and never cuts away.
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