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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (July 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047175286X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471752868
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Earn comps and avoid big losses

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 for maximizing winnings and minimizing losses in the most popular casino games —blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, slots, and more. You get the scoop on everything from game rules and jargon to making 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

About the Author

Growing up in a conservative small town along the Maine coast, Kevin Blackwood never anticipated visiting Sin City. With aspirations of becoming a college professor, he traveled the usual roads of academia, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in religious education and Biblical history.
His journey took a sudden detour in 1984. While working on his doctorate at the University of Oregon, he learned how to count cards and started playing blackjack on weekends. His studies began to pale in comparison to the exciting world of gambling. And one day, after a futile effort to find a parking spot on the crowded campus, he bagged his plans to teach church history, quit school — and headed to Las Vegas.
Since then, Blackwood has lived what many would consider the American dream, earning big bucks while working only part-time, winning consistently at blackjack tables all over the world. More recently, he has jumped on the Texas Hold’em bandwagon, with several poker tournament wins under his belt.
His unusual life experiences inspired Blackwood to write a novel, The Counter (Wooden Pagoda Press). In addition, he is the author of Play Blackjack Like the Pros (HarperCollins), the most comprehensive guide to becoming a winning blackjack player. He has also written for magazines, including Casino Player, Midwest Gaming and Travel, Blackjack Insider, and Gambling.com. His TV appearances include the World Series of Blackjack (semifinalist 2005) and the Ultimate Blackjack Tour (finalist 2006).

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Customer Reviews

Presented good info in an uncomplicated style.
Terry Logan
I haven't finished the book yet but what I have read so far has been very helpful.
DanceGirl
I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn about the world of casinos.
Lindalee F.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Crandall on April 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this after my first trip to a casino. I enjoyed myself there but understood that I could have had a better time if I knew how casinos worked. This book is great at giving a basic knowledge of how casinos work and educates you on the many different games and how to enjoy yourself for entertainment purposes. I highly recommend this book if you a planning a trip to a casino for the first time or if you've been to a casino and you would like to expand your overall knowledge and enjoyment. It has basic tips and strategies for all the casino games and is a good starting point. You can always delve further into the games that you like with other books, but this is a quality broad overview of casinos and their games.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DanP09 on July 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Any new book on casino gambling has to contend with a shelf full (virtual or real) of other titles covering the same material, but in Casino Gambling for Dummies, Kevin Blackwood has done a masterful job of bringing a fresh attitude and informative approach that provides solid justification for another title on the topic. This is the 'For Dummies' brand at its best, tackling all the favorites, blackjack, craps, sports betting, as well as many meta-topics (like dealing with the IRS after a profitable run at the tables) with fact-infused, easy-to-read prose that will entertain and inform. People just entering the neon world for the first time will get as much instructional material as they can handle, from rules of the game to strategy. Seasoned gamblers will reap the benefits of Blackwood's expertise and experience at the felt-covered tables around the world. There is particular depth in the blackjack section, likely a product of Blackwood's long resume as one of the top players in the world. The organization is inspired and the writing is top notch, particularly the chapter on horse racing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen McHenry on February 4, 2011
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No you won't win thousands of dollars by reading this book, but if you follow the guidelines you won't lose thousands either. I saw a guy in Vegas drop $500 in 20 minutes at craps doing something that this book said in the craps section to absolutely not do: This book has good advice on what not to do and what to do. If you want to have fun gambling, if you are worried about just throwing your money away because you don't know the rules, if you worried about not knowing table etiquette or which hand motions to use when, if you are worried about looking a fool to the others at the table, then this book will calm your fears. Most importantly it points out what the odds are for each game, and when you find a game that suits you the book shows you how to possibly be a winner by playing conservatively and how not to definitely be a loser by falling for the "showy" bets. I thought it to be a very good book for a beginner.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Janik on February 24, 2011
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Great info and easily readable. Lots of good points and very honest about gambling as a losing proposition. Helped me feel comfortable as I approached the tables, and gave me confidence - not that I would win, but that I would not embarass myself by not knowing the rules and etiquette of the games. Tells you what the games are with the lowest casino edge (there are none with a players edge), and what the real sucker bets are. Tells it like it is - no hype and drama.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terry Logan on April 1, 2007
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I was mainly interested in slots, video poker, & blackjack. Presented good info in an uncomplicated style. Also full of info for practically any other game that may be your particular choice(s). I recommend it VERY highly for beginners or the more experienced player!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank Scoblete author of Confessions of a Wayward Catholic on March 7, 2007
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Kevin Blackwood is an expert blackjack player who has played all over the world; he is an expert poker player as well. His knowledge of the casino games is profound and this book gives you everything you need to know to go to the casinos and play properly. Ignore the title because you are not a dummy if you buy this book.

You are smart!

Frank Scoblete: author of Golden Touch Dice Control Revolution!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell S. Friedman on April 1, 2009
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This is an excellent beginner's book on how to gamble. The author stresses budgeting, strategies, and playing the house for your maximuym advantage. It's a good read for anyone interested in the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mont Smith on March 24, 2009
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Complete and concise. If you want to know what's going on inside a casino, this man tells you what you're getting in for, and how to make the most of your experience. He explains the games, tells you the best way to win, and the chances that you might actually win. There is no judgement here. Just information, a bit personalized.
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