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Product Details

  • Paperback: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Swan Publishing (May 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943629403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943629407
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born Oct. 21, 1931, Galveston, TX. Educated at Catholic schools through college (U. of St. Thomas, Houston) . Korean veteran, USMC. Hairstylist 1954. Married 1954, wife Joan, 5 children, 5 grandchildren. Widowed 1993. Remarried, another Joan, June 12, 1999. Business owner since 1957, still active. Partner in health and racquet club. Played gin rummy for 65 years with total success.

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Customer Reviews

Finally, reading this book will not make you a good gin player.
Matthew G. Beckwith
A small publishing house is fine, but usually there is a reason a regular publishing company does not pick up one's manuscript: it just isn't quite good enough.
RMarsh
This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to improve their Gin Rummy game.
M. P. Procter Sr.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By swanbooks@ghg.net on September 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a ONE-OF-A-KIND in that it is written for either the layman or the expert. The cards that are shown are as if they were in your hand and each step is pointed out; when you look it over a second time it makes sense and if you follow the instructions, the odds will be heavily in your favor to WIN AT GIN. The author has a sense of humor and it shows in his writing. This makes his book informative AND fun. Better YET, he's an expert and wins over 75% of all the games he's ever played and most of his games are against experts. He CHALLENGES each of you (over the Internet) to play against him. There are many books "out there" that give instructions, but none in the detail as this book. Charley Killebrew is an expert because he is bright and because he loves the game of gin. Remember, regardless of the level you are as a gin rummy player, you'll LEARN from this book. Pete Billac, publisher.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "dnicksic" on November 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Whenever I buy a book that has print as big as a childrens book, I immediately get suspicious. Maybe the font size is for the older reader, or maybe he was trying to make it seem like you were actually buying a 100 page book. This books' actual useful content would fill 30 pages in a 12 point font. I guess I was looking for some more examples of those "hard hands" and how to play them, and a little more advanced content. That being said, this book is still useful, especially for the beginner to intermediate. However, if you have more than 200 semi-serious money games under your belt and havent lost too much of your wad, you wont get too much out of this. If I were you I would befriend your local expert and watch him play.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RMarsh on December 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be frustrating, mostly because it becomes apparent that while the author enjoys the challenge of pulling one over on a live opponent, this book is really the author doing the same thing to the consumer. I agree with the other reviewer who was put off by the overly large type. I also note the consumer clip art on the cover. I should have known better.

The book is edited and published by the author's friend. I am sure Mr. Killebrew is an interesting person and a pleasure to be around. Why else would so many people enjoy playing him and getting beaten by him? But the impression I get is one of a sleazy braggart of a con-artist. A small publishing house is fine, but usually there is a reason a regular publishing company does not pick up one's manuscript: it just isn't quite good enough. Looking at the other items Swan Pub. and his editor Pete Billac has come out with, they almost all involve the same things about which we get spammed. Having read the Bicycle books on hearts and spades by Joseph Andrews, one sees how a book on a card game should be written.

I was also lured in by the positive reviews. I should have listened to the negatives this time. I should have noted that several of the glowing reviews are written by the author (ckill2015). I also note that the anonymous reviews were written soon after the book's publication, many of which were posted on the same day.

As to the quality, there just isn't much here, certainly not enough to justify a $9.95 price tag. Gin Rummy is not THAT complicated a game to warrant an extensive treatise, but Gin Rummy How to Play and Win, in fewer pages and with a much lower price, covers FAR more information on the game, variations and strategy.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
There is very little information in this book regarding how to win at gin rummy. For example, the chapter called "The Card Gods" encourages the player to mentally concentrate on the card they need so that their opponent will give it to them; how's that for mumbo-jumbo. Then there is the "Percentages" chapter where the first sentence reads "I'm not going to bore you with a bunch of numbers showing percentages"; the obvious question is why then did the author include a chapter on percentages? You are better off saving your money on this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By book critic on July 17, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
i would've given the book 5 stars if it had more pages with illustrations and quiz material.

yep, he seems to be full of himself. doesn't need to be. just get the material across and the book sales will come.

the illustrations were clear as well as the layout of the book too. he can thank his publishers for that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lalonde on July 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a poker player, and I am used to read the very best books about gambling (mostly from twoplustwo publishing). This book striked me as being very unprofessional, compared to what I am used to.

The author brings out fallacious ideas like you have to "think about the card you want and it will make you more likely to get it". This won't help the author's credibility. A good publisher would have never let him publish such non-sense.

Also, the overall tone of the writing does not inspire confidence. I was not looking for a novel, but I like it when the author sounds professional.

I am not in good position to judge the rest of the book. But that's the scary part! I won't be able to tell the good from the bad!

I only recommend that book because I couldn't find many other books about Gin. I advise the reader too be cautious reading this book.
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