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Casino Gambling for Dummies

ISBN-10: 047175286X
ISBN-13: 9780471752868
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Description: Half the states in the U.S. offer some form of casino gambling, and gamblers spent over $2 billion at American casinos in 2004. This hands-on guide shows would-be high rollers how to maximize winnings and minimize losses in the most popular casino  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Half the states in the U.S. offer some form of casino gambling, and gamblers spent over $2 billion at American casinos in 2004. This hands-on guide shows would-be high rollers how to maximize winnings and minimize losses in the most popular casino games-poker, blackjack, keno, baccarat, craps, roulette, slot machines, and even sports wagering. It details the rules of each game, explains the odds, and offers insider tips and strategies to help players beat the house and rake in the chips. Gamblers also get the scoop on how to manage their money effectively, earn comps, and deal with the IRS-just what they need to avoid big losses, build up their bankroll, and have fun. Kevin Blackwood (Eugene, OR) writes for magazines such as Casino Player, and is a contributing editor for Midwest Gaming and Travel. Recently, he was a semifinalist at the World Series of Blackjack and will be a featured guest on the upcoming World Blackjack Tour. He has visited nearly every casino on the planet and also has extensive experience in poker, sports betting, and slot machines.

Kevin Blackwood has been a professional blackjack player for more than twenty years. He is the author of The Counter , a behind-the-scenes novel based on his life of playing high-stakes blackjack, and he has contributed to countless games magazines and online sites.

Foreword
Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You're Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Casino Gambling Basics: Everything You Need to Know to Start
Casino Gambling 101: The Inside Scoop
Entering the Casino: What You're Up Against
Playing the Games: What's Your Poison?
Gambling Near and Far: Where to Find Casinos
Measuring Your Gambling IQ
Taking a Quick Stroll Through the Casino
(Casino) Knowledge Is Power
Navigating the Casino Maze
Meeting the Casino's Cast of Characters
Maintaining a Safe and Secure Environment
Probability, Odds, and a Bit of Luck: What You Need to Succeed
Defining Luck: A Temporary Fluctuation
Understanding the Role of Probability
Examining How Casinos Operate and Make Money: House Edge
Calculating the Odds in Casino Games
Avoiding Myths, Magic, and Other Superstitions
Managing Your Money in a Casino
Setting a Budget and Sticking to It
Looking at Casino Credit and Its Risks
Knowing When Enough Is Enough
Understanding Taxes and the Law
Minding Your Gambling Manners
Dressing (And Acting) the Part
Playing Well with Others: Minding Your Table Manners
Giving Gratuities to Dealers and Others
Avoiding the Appearance of Cheating
Conquering the Table Games
Will Bluff for Food: Poker
Uncovering the ABCs of Casino Poker
Betting the Farm (Or Other Parcels of Real Estate)
Checking Out the Most Popular Versions
Avoiding Poker Pitfalls
The Easiest Game to Beat: Blackjack
Dealing Out Blackjack Basics
Preparing to Play
Betting Your Bottom Dollar
Playing Your Hand
Identifying Common Mistakes
Rolling the Dice: Craps
Setting the Craps Stage
Walking through Craps, Step by Step
Relying on Strategy to Place the Best Bets
Avoiding "Sucker" Bets
Spinning Wheel Goes Round n' Round: Roulette
Getting the Spin on Roulette Basics
Betting: The Inside (and Outside) Scoop
Reciting Roulette Etiquette
Improving Your Odds
Avoiding Strategies That Don't Work
Not Just For High Rollers: Baccarat
Counting Down the Baccarat Basics
Stepping into Baccarat
Avoiding Baccarat Time Wasters
Tackling the "Riskier" Table Games
Cruising for Caribbean Stud Poker
Betting in Circles with Let It Ride
Picking Up on Pai Gow Poker
Tripling Your Fun with Three Card Poker
Avoiding the Riskiest Table Games
Beyond the Tables: Slots, Video Poker, Sports Betting, and More
Mastering the Machines: Slots
Understanding How to Play the Slots
Identifying Differences in Slot Machines
Getting a Handle on Slots Odds
Stretching Your Money at the Slots
Honing Your Slot Etiquette
Playing for Comps
Scoring Big in Video Poker
Poker? Slots? Characterizing Video Poker
Playing the Game
Putting Your Money on the Best Machines
Playing Jacks or Better: The Best Bet for Beginners
Investigating Other Video Poker Machines
Striking the Mother Lode: Keno and Bingo
Catching On to Keno Basics
Improving Your Odds at Keno
Figuring Out the ABCs of B-I-N-G-O
Calling Forth Winning Bingo Strategies
From the Cubs to the Bears: Sports Betting
Defining Sports Betting: The Legal Kind, That Is
Leveling the Betting Field with Lines and Point Spreads
Placing Your Bet in a Sports Book
Rounding Up Sports Betting Differences
Understanding Handicapping Basics
Relying on Strategic Handicapping
More than Just the Derby: Betting on Horse Racing
Identifying Different Racing Formats
Betting in a Casino: Inside the Race Book
Understanding and Reading the Sheets
Placing Bets in the Race Book
Getting a Hand on Horse Racing: Handicapping Basics
Taking Casino Gambling to a Different Level
Casino Gambling: Online and in the Comfort of Home
Mapping the Legal Landscape
Understanding How Online Casinos Work
Locating the Best (and Safest) Online Casino Games
Taking Advantage of Promos and Giveaways
The Wild World of Tournaments
Sizing Up Tournaments: Which One Is Right for You?
Betting on the Most Lucrative Tournaments
Entering a Tournament (And Knowing What to Expect)
Strategizing to Eliminate the Competition
The Part of Tens
Ten Cool Places to Gamble
Living Large in Las Vegas
Landing on Boardwalk: Atlantic City
Touring Tahoe and Reno
Cruising the High Seas
Rolling on the River (or Lake)
Exploring Native American Casinos
Collecting Chips in Connecticut
Striking Gold in California
Finding Hidden Treasures in the Caribbean
Joining the Jet Set
Ten (or So) Common Casino Gambling Mistakes to Avoid
Gambling at All
Failing to Keep Records
Bouncing Around Like a Pinball
Looking for Luck in All the Wrong Places
Giving Up Too Easily
Breaking the Law (Of Averages)
Relying on Betting Systems
Being Seduced
Losing It Online
Taking It to the Limit, One Too Many Times
Overindulging
Blaming Others
Ten Ways to Score Comps
Ask and Ye Shall Receive
Impressing the Boss with Club Card Mileage
Finding the Weakest Link
Betting More When the Boss Is Looking
Betting Less When the Boss Isn't Looking
Making the Bathroom Your Second Home
Looking Like You're Losing
Greasing the Wheels
Never Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth
Behaving with Courtesy and Respect
Appendixes
Glossary
Important Resources
Books
Magazines
Web Sites
Gamblers Anonymous
Index

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