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How NOT to Lose at Spades, Second Edition Paperback – September, 2003
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"Strichman is a great teacher of the logic needed to improve one's game.....best published coverage on endgame bidding scenarios." -- Dan Hoffenberg, former highest rated Spades player among the over 100,000 players at the MSN Zone gamsite, Spades instructor and accomplished Pro player.
After reading HOW NOT TO LOSE AT SPADES, I reached NUMBER 1 on the ratings list! -- Mitch Adams, former highest rated Spades player among the over 100,000 players at The MSN Zone gamesite.
Because of JohnGalt's book, HOW NOT TO LOSE AT SPADES, I won the first live Spades tournament I ever attended! -- Donna Lloyd, Winner of the Atlanta, 2001 live Spades tournament.
I had no idea how to play winning Spades until I learned the risk/reward playing system in JohnGalt's book. -- Sheryl Brewer, winner of over 100 Spades tournaments.
I never thought I would win a tournament as big as ZSTOC, but your book made it happen! -- Jacqulyn Peterson, Winner of ZSTOC (the Zone Tournament of Champions).
It has worked wonders for myself and partners in the Zone. My bedside table would be bare without it. -- Mary Short, Winner of ZSTOC (the Zone Tournament of Champions).
It is everything I had hoped for....this book is really going to help me against the good players. -- Tom Miller, once beat Bobby Fisher in a chess game.
Winning live tournaments can be achieved using the techniques that JohnGalt describes in his book... READ IT!! -- Swannneee, Winner of the Main Event, Las Vegas live Spades tournament, October, 2001.
You've done a fantastic job...it is easy to understand whether you are a veteran Spades Player or a newbie. -- Tiger_Tale, Cofounder and Leader of The Tigers Spades Club, the largest Spades club at the Zone with over 800 members. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
Although the book is self-published, it is a quality product. Not only is it produced in large format, it is printed on heavier than normal paper. I wanted to be sure that readers could write in and highlight in the book without damaging it, and that it would stand up to heavy use. Producing a book this way isn't inexpensive... it costs more to produce, store, and ship a book that weighs one and a half pounds. I didn't produce the book the way that I thought it would make the most money, I produced it the way that I thought it would make the most book.
This 2nd edition could easily demand a substantially higher price than sold for here at Amazon, but I wanted to keep the book as affordable as possible.
The book was professionally edited by an individual who is a professor of English, as well as the President/Editor at Brandylane Publishing in Richmond, Virginia.
I would be happy to do my best to answer any questions that you might have if you email me using the link under my "used and new" listing in The Marketplace.
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Top Customer Reviews
The writing is straight forward and crystal clear. In every instance, you understand the situation, the problem, the right line of attack, how to recognize it, and most importantly, why the stated approach is right.
The book is loaded with examples that help make each important point in the book. These really help to clarify and drive home each lesson.
The breadth covered is great. Just about every kind of situation is covered and these are logically grouped for easy understanding and reference.
Besides the excellent and easy to understand insites, the book is also humerous. This makes it really fun to read while you are learning enough to put you at the top end of any set of competitors you might face.
Buying this book is a "no brainer".
By nature, the game of spades is much the same as any other game of skill. The team that makes the fewest mistakes usually wins; therefore,it is incumbent upon any serious player to learn prospective pitfalls, strategies to avoid them, and ways to lead the other team down the mistake ridden path. This Strichman teaches in a way that is easy to understand and remember. Anyone who has played can insert himself easily into the illustratory stories. What's more,Strichman goes through lots of situations a number of times so the reader can visualize each piece of business in his mind as it happens in the book and thusly recognize when it happens in one of his games.
The best thing about this book is that when one buys it, they also make a friend of an expert spader. Anytime one runs across a situation unusual in their spading experience, Jack is as close as his e mail address. The reader's progress tickles him just about as much as it does the reader.
Like most self help books, it is a tool- no better or worse than the person who wields it. Therefore, how much one improves depends on the strength of motivation. For me, though, two weeks after receiving it, I wound up in twice as many tournament finals as I had in all my previous experience put together.
The bottom line is the game of whoever buys this book, reads it and works toward applying it will improve and they will have more fun. Regular use of the principles outlined in "How Not to Lose at Spades" will result in opponents bickering among themselves. A person may hear more 4 letter words from the opposition than they did before also; there is one word readers won't hear nearly as often in their minds ear previously....LOSE.
Jack Strichman has chosen to teach with humor as well as his insightful spades knowledge. He's also made it simple to understand and grasp. I found Jack very refreshing as well as helpful when he's online.
With a few new approaches to the game and a whole lot of new found confidence, I ventured to a live tourney in Atlanta. My partner JonnyGee and I walked away with first place. The win was great to have but Jack was there and his pride in our win made it super sweet.
I can't say enough about this fun, helpful, insightful book. I've told Jack repeatedly, it's the best $ I've ever spent!
Thanks Jack. For everything!
Donna Lloyd (Its_Charmer)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just got the book and am already 40 pages in. Great stuff! Thanks for writing it! As a relative beginner to the game, HNTLAS will shave *years* off my learning curve.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I like technical books, but this isn't too technical and is suitable for players of all levels and backgrounds. Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. Einhorn
i decided to just go ahead and lose. I really do think that the book is excellent, but too complex for me.Published 12 months ago by Barbara D. Parker
Finished reading this one. A decent book though a little too slanted toward sandbag strategy for my tastes. Still a number of useful strategy tips. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Valen
Admirable clarity of thought and writing. Strichman makes learning to be a better Spades player a real pleasure, rather than a chore. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ien Cheng
the book gave me a whole new way to approach the game. I thought I knew the game, but this book revealed how little I actually understood the deeper strategy beyond basic card... Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by logjam
I'm no sure that "not to lose" is "to win"... But until now I just had a look on the table of contents.Published on January 26, 2013 by A. Haucotte
If you really want to learn how to play Spades, get this book. Even if you just read some of it, your game will improve (as I did). I can't wait to read more and get even better! Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Mars