From Library Journal
Nestor is an author and television producer whose credentials include several documentaries (e.g., Casinos in the Community) on casino gaming in Atlantic City and the Midwest. The "Unofficial Guide" series is designed to give readers basic, comprehensive information; this book follows the series' format, as Nestor incorporates decades of gambling knowledge to give the reader insight into probability, common gambling mistakes, and winning strategies. The book is thoughtfully subdivided into sections on machine games (slots and video poker), table games (blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, poker), and waiting games (keno and sports betting). There are several entertaining chapters about money management (e.g., the psychological pitfall of losing one's initial winnings), getting comps or credit, and generally enjoying the casino experience. This manual also contains charts, checklists, and unique features such as "Bright Ideas," "Watch Out," and money-saving tips. Luck aside, this casino companion takes an interesting approach and makes a worthy supplement to primers such as The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gambling Like a Pro (Alpha, 1999. 2d ed.).AMarty Soven, Woodside, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
The inside scoop
for when you want more than the official line! You might think that winning at the casino is only about luck. But it's not. It's mostly about the odds. There are good bets, not-so-good bets, and bets that are for suckers only. That's how casinos make their money. If you want to beat the casinos at their own games, you need proven strategies based on the true odds. You need a behind-the-scenes look at how casinos work and how the games are played. You want the inside scoop. The Unofficial Guide to Casino Gambling is designed to give savvy players like you a foolproof appraisal of what works and what doesn'tthe good bets and the bad oneswith unbiased recommendations that are not influenced by any company, product, or organization. This book, like every Unofficial Guide, is intensively inspected by the Unofficial Panel of Experts, a team of highly respected gaming industry professionals. They ensure that you are armed with the most up-to-date insider information on casino gambling and are told exactly what the Official establishment doesn't want you to know. Vital Information that other sources can't or won't reveal about true odds, good bets, and wagers you should never make. Insider Secrets on getting comps, perks, and special services at the casinoseven if you're not a high-roller. Money-Saving Techniques that protect your bankroll and give you more chances to win. Time-Saving Tips that get you into hot games faster and out of cold games sooner. The Latest Trends in game design, rule variations, and casino comp policies. Handy Checklists and Charts to help you better understand the strategies and odds that can make you a winner.