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Casino Gambling for Fun and Profit: Second Edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1598005196
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Dr. Crowder, a clinical psychologist, after years of recreational gambling moved on to professional gambling. By this book he intends to help others "learn the ropes" of casino gambling, to lose less and win more while avoiding the pitfalls of chance, cheating and temptation in and around casinos.

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"Some frequent gamblers I know receive more than $40,000 a year on cashback and coupons. Casinos in the United States give away around a billion dollars worth of freebies each year. Learn how to get your part of them."

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"This, then, is my rule of thumb. It is a strategy to play the cycles and limit losses on any machine to eighty credits, on any table to twenty chips, to preserve gains, to let any gains run in a winning streak, and to satisfy my desire for variety and change."


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press; 2 edition (September 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598005197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598005196
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,509,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James E. Crowder on January 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by Kirkus Discoveries: "A clinical psychologist turned professional casino gambler reveals the secrets of his success.

For some, gambling is an obsession; for others, it's a recreational hobby. For those, like the author, who fall somewhere in between, there are ways to minimize losses and maximize success while enjoying the simple act of playing different games. Crowder focuses his advice on casino games such as blackjack and video poker, games that allow smart, controlled gamblers to make gains in the long run. He walks would-be gamblers step-by-step through basic strategy, which he defines as "the best possible play of any given dealt hand based on the player's hand and dealer's up-card in blackjack, and the cards dealt in video poker." He also presents his personal "cycle strategy," a method of gambling that helps curtail losses while still allowing players to take advantage of hot streaks. In addition to a few math lessons and some number crunching that provides evidentiary support for his advice, the author also provides particularly helpful sections that discuss the fringe benefits of gambling, such as player's clubs, cash back, coupons, comped rooms and meals, drawings and more. He contends that even on unlucky gambling trips, taking advantage of these offers can offset losses and even turn net losses into gains. The author's enthusiasm for the subject matter is palpable, though his lengthy descriptions of his own gambling trips, while occasionally enlightening and entertaining, generally detract from the otherwise direct flow of the book. While casual gamers aren't likely to be as interested in reading the book as they are in getting to the craps table and taking advantage of the free drinks, the tips and strategies presented here will prove highly useful for those looking to profit from trips to the casino.

Indispensable for serious recreational gamblers."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Hampe on January 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I read Dr. Crowder's previous book; "Casino Gambling for Fun and Profit" and I thought that book was well written, easy to understand and very usefull. I do enjoy gambling, however I am not a professional gambler. This 2nd Edition is a perfect addition to the 1st. Included in this edition, that was not in the 1st, were a few other very popular video poker games; Bonus Jacks or Better, Double-Double Bonus Poker and Bonus Poker Deluxe. Dr. Crowder does a great job at explaining the play and the strategy of these games.

This book is a must have for all gamblers be they professional or recreational.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Lowry on April 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
Dr. Crowder's earlier edition of this book was the first book on gambling that I purchased when I became interested in playing video poker. That was several years ago and several royal flushes later I can attest that his approach to gaming is "right on the money." Crowder not only gives sensible, direct advice to new gamblers, but his views on money management and making the most of comps, coupons, and special offers are of interest to even those of us who have gambled for years. He also has a unique way of spinning a yarn, which makes his personal anecdotes pleasurable to read. A must buy for any gambler or anyone thinking about some casino fun.
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CASINO GAMBLING, FOR FUN AND PROFIT, Second Edition -- by former clincial psychologist J. Edward Crowder, Ph. D. -- has many tips on Blackjack, Slot Machines, Video Poker, Pick 'Em Poker, Complimentaries, ("comps"), Taxes and Gambling, and Suggestions. In the "Introduction" chapter, there are some sage words on gambling, taxes and religion. And it even has a section on Gambling Superstitions, a Glossary, and a Selected Biblography. It is printed on good-stock paper, in a nice-size print, (that has a delightful, slightly-raised appearance, similar to engraving or thermography!), and good, strong, slightly-rounded binding.

What this book does NOT have are any chapters on Dice, ("Craps"), or Roulette. Despite having a roulette wheel, (and a pair of dice), on the cover. This book thus has a VERY deceptive cover! And, for me at least, this book has very little value -- because the only games I ever win at, when I do win, ARE Roulette and Dice, (and sometimes at Bacarrat -- also not mentioned in this book.) If you are a serious player of Roulette, Dice and/or Bacarrat, therefore, I strongly advise you to look elsewhere for advice on these games. Sadly, you will NOT find any in this book!
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