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"JohnGalt has hit a home run with his new book. You must read this book to be an allstar player." -- Joe Andrews' Spades Column of the Month. MSN Zone, July 2001
"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.
Not only did I write How NOT to Lose at Spades, but I am the publisher as well. I wouldn't want you to have the false impression that Karosa Publishing is some large publishing house. It is a business that I started solely for the production and distribution of the book.
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.See all Editorial Reviews
i decided to just go ahead and lose. I really do think that the book is excellent, but too complex for me.Published 8 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 8 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 16 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
I've deducted a star for the inadequate description of the book. It's surprising to see all the reviews stating that this is the ONLY book a Spades player will ever need. Read morePublished on August 13, 2011 by ShoppingGeek
Being a prison spades style champion (not actually from prison) in South Carolina, I figured that there was no such thing as "how not to lose at spades," man was I wrong. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Joey Land