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The New Gambler's Bible: How to Beat the Casinos, the Track, Your Bookie, and Your Buddies Paperback – September 9, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (September 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517886693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517886694
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,515,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gamblers of all levels of experience will appreciate this all-inclusive compendium. What separates Reber's approach from that of others is that he divides all gambling into two camps: Type W for those games in which the player can win, and Type L for--well, you get the picture. Reber strays from conventional wisdom by putting craps in the Type L group, though other gambling bibles have considered this popular table game one whose odds can slant on the player's side. His criterion for classification is the ratio of luck to skill. The author uses his psychology background to outline a healthy mind-set for any gambler--how to deal with fatigue, temporary losses, etc. Fortunately, Reber stresses that his tips are intended to help people "beat the house" over the course of many years and that even in the Type W games a person cannot expect to get rich quick. With the growth in popularity of gambling all across this country, you'll want to stock up on this title. Mary Frances Wilkens

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The New Gambler's Bible is the smart gambler's ace in the hole. This comprehensive, up-to-date guide teaches both novice and experienced gamblers how to maximize their gains and minimize their losses at all forms of gaming, both traditional and newly popular, from blackjack, roulette, and playing the horses to video poker. Line drawings.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Baker on November 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a gambling book that looks at gambling in a realistic fashion. The first thing it does is to divide the games into those you can win in the long run (Blackjack (Barely), Poker, Sports Betting, etc) and those that you must lose in the long run (roulette, craps, baccarat, etc). It then explains each game in detail. It explains why progression betting systems don't work long-term, and why money management is psychological, not mathematical. For all the simple games (baccarat, roulette, etc) it provides all you'll ever need to know. For more complicated games like poker and blackjack, it provides all that most people will ever need to know and a firm basis for the serious student.
In the world of BS gambling books, this is a breath of fresh air.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Historian on August 12, 2012
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I read this book as one of the teeming millions who gambles regularly with only a superficial understanding of the underlying structures. While I think I'm relatively intelligent, play blackjack according to the standard model, and delight in websites like the Wizard Of Odds, this book pointed out gaping holes in my understanding.

Over the years, various friends have told me stupid things like "craps offers the best odds of any table game," "blackjack is a sucker's game," and "I'm really good at roulette." Reber's book explodes those myths with sound mathematical basis and a patient pedagogy. His background as a psychology professor might come as a surprise, but might also provide the book's greatest benefit - as academic, educational, and mental processes clearly take center stage.

Reber divides games into ones that you are bound to lose at over time (craps, roulette, baccarat) and ones that you could actually stand a chance to win (e.g., blackjack, poker, horse racing). While he goes into some depth of explanation in defense of his breakdown, I like his more simple heuristic suggests that if no one is doing that work for a living, it's probably a sucker's bet. That's why you do have professional horse betters and professional poker players, but not professional craps shooters.

For the sake of full disclosure, Reber is my uncle by marriage, so I had a good reason to read the book. Still, I would recommend it for others. When I told Unc that I had won a series of friendly poker games, his response was typically laconic: "As for winning at poker three sessions in a row --- check your nearest random number table before drawing any conclusions." In other words, don't think you've got some deep insight just by a few winning sessions.

This book will make those wins more fundamentally sound and hopefully more frequent.
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