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Casino Games Paperback – December 1, 1988

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John Gollehon is a million-selling author of more than two dozen gambling titles. He is more than an expert player, he is a trusted authority who has taught millions how to win. His how to win gambling books, many of which are classics, have been on gambling shelves for more than three decades. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gollehon Books (December 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914839195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914839194
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,207,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I went to Vegas in August '05. I had a GREAT time but soon realized how woefuly uninformed I was about how to play the games. I prefer table games to machines but the only games I am vaguely familiar with are blackjack and roulette.

This book is a must for anyone who wants a fighting chance at the tables. The strategies for blackjack are worth the price of the book alone. The chapter on craps, which is one of the most fun games in a casino, are also very worthwhile.

My only wish about future editions is that Mr. Gollehon will give his opinion of some of the newer games out there like 3-Card Poker and Caribbean Stud.
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Good book, good info, but bottom line is the you can't win at a casino. I respect the author's honesty. He doesn't sugar coat it. Casinos are a government enabled scam. Games of "chance" are far from it. They are geared to ensure there is no way for the gambler to win. None. The sooner folks wake up to that fact and shut these places down, the better.
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I bought this book as a novice gambler to get a better explanation of casino games and some strategies. The book is great! Gollehon discusses the major casino games by first explaining how the game is played and what actions the player needs to take. Then he discusses the proper strategies to use and the right bets to make. He also tells you what bets not to make.

I especially liked the sections on blackjack, roulette and craps. Easy to read and understand, nice diagrams, and nice discussions on strategy. The only downside to the book was that I wished the section on video poker were more in depth and detailed. He refers you to another text in this case.

Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone going to a casino.
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....Buy this one! There are other good gaming authors, (Frank Scoblette, Gayle Mitchell, R.D. Elison and Avery Cardoza are some that come immediately to my mind).....but no one is as clear, and as understandable, in explaining the basics of ALL casino games, than John Gollehen! It is explained on the cover

of one of his books, (I believe an early edition of this one,

"Casino Games"), that Mr. Gollehon has a background of being

an engineer, and a teacher. It shows. Perhaps this is what

gives him the edge on explaining the intricate rules of the various games, (especially craps), to the novice.

I have discovered that, for better or worse, I myself have a

very hard head. This means that it's hard for things to get

into my head, for me to understand things. But once they are

understood, they stay with me forever -- and I can explain

them, with a good rate of success, to others. I found the

complexities of baccarat kind of difficult to understand,

(I know, I know....it's the simplest game in the world to

undertand....but not for me)....not, that is, until I read

what Mr. Gollehon had to say...and then, wow! -- I understood it!

(I'm still a bit in the woods with craps....I guess I have to read the chapter on that a bit more carefully)

Interspersed with understandable rules for each major game are

anecdotes of Mr. Gollehon's adventures in gambling, and the

various people he has met. Also included is good money-manage-ment advice.

Mr. Gollehon has written other books, going into single games with more detail, or giving further advice on all games. These are good....
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