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Gamblers Fight Back Paperback – March 12, 2013
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From the Author
- The journey of professional gambling was more about reigniting the passion of my professional life than it was about becoming rich. Several years ago, after taking a job selling insurance simply to try and make as much money as possible I needed to refocus on what is important in life. My year as a professional gambler allowed me to remember what it feels like to wake-up each morning excited about the day ahead.
- Gambling was simply a means to an end. In the midst of this journey, I realized I needed to educate gamblers about the practical steps they can take to reduce the casino's advantage. As a former basketball coach and school teacher this need to educate was not something new. The method I was going to use to teach was, however. I began writing a blog and uncovered a passion I really never new existed, or should I say only in hindsight did it become clear that it was something I enjoyed, and that is writing.
- This book puts my life on stage in an attempt to educate the masses about the tactics casinos use to clean their wallets, and what they can do to stop them. I hope it also inspires people to decide to make positive changes in their life to find that spark that ignites their inner drive.
About the Author
- Greg Elder is a full-time published author who writes about gambling and the casino industry. A former professional gambler and noted gambling expert, Greg uses his knowledge to educate gamblers around the world. He does this through his blog, podcast, and 8 books/ e-books on gambling. Several of these books have been best-sellers on Amazon.
- His feature book about his time as a pro gambler and everything he learned along the way is titled, Gamblers Fight Back.
- Greg is a former teacher and college basketball coach. A New Jersey native, he now resides in North Carolina with his wife and 7-year-old daughter who is Daddy's little girl.
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This book is definitely more geared towards the serious gambler but still has some decent tips for those who just frequently like to visit casinos. While Elder doesn't attempt to recreate the plays that he memorized, he does give references as to the websites and computer programs that he learned these lessons from. What he provides is practical application lessons. Strategy to camouflage that you are a serious gambler and attempt to stay below the casinos radar. Advice and warnings of pit falls that either he fell into or that many others have found along the way.
I'm not going to tell anyone to quit their jobs, buy this book, move to Vegas, and they too can become professional gamblers. But if this does seem like something that you would be interested in then you definitely should read this book. There is a lot of work involved, it isn't all just fun, games, and lady luck and one should always be informed of the different aspects of any profession before jumping headlong into it.
He starts his book describing why he started seeking for more excitement in his life and how he ended up in Las Vegas. I found this part quite inspirational, not many of us would consider a career in professional gambling while unemployed. That's exactly what Greg did and he became successful.
After the intro he explains various techniques used by casinos to get you to spend more money at their venues than you would be comfortable with. Some of the things he reveals are not even known by most casino employees, let alone regular gamblers (I should know, I've been a dealer myself). I have always been wondering why the casinos are laid out the way they are, now I know why. This revelation would fall short if there weren't any follow-up tips on how to not end up in one of the casino's traps. The tips Greg gives can and should be employed by anyone, regular and professional gamblers alike.
Now's the time to get to the core, Greg starts by describing all the characteristics of a winning gambler. Not having these, one should seriously rethink his career in professional gambling, or be tremendously talented like Stu Ungar, what a fascinating person he was.
Greg then goes on to explain different ways to make money as a professional gambler. Topics range from money management to how to interact with casino employees, as well as common pitfalls to avoid. As disciplined Greg is, he has fallen fallen for one himself.
He dedicates a big part of his book to video poker, blackjack and sports betting. All of these sections contain tips on how to turn the odds against the casino. The reason he picked these 3 forms of gambling is that these games have pretty good odds to begin with and with various techniques he explains in his book, it is not that hard to exceed the desired 100%+ payout (100% is the line between loosing and a winning gambler). Of course it is possible to reach that goal with other games as well, but the winning margin would be lower than with these 3 types of gambling activities. After all a professional gambler is in a casino in order to earn money, not to seek entertainment by trying out different types of games.
One of the notable things I found out by reading his book is that one does not have to be a math savvy to become a card counter in blackjack. All you need is dedication and a lot of practice. Similarly you need to learn and practice all the right moves in video poker. He doesn't go much into details regarding the most optimal strategy of blackjack or video poker, but he does point to the right direction where anyone could learn them.
Finally he writes what he thinks the future will hold for professional gamblers and ends the book with the conclusion of his own experience as one.
In conclusion the book is perfect for those who consider a career as a professional gambler in the US, especially in Las Vegas or Atlantic City. Even though the information is very easy to grasp and most of the advice given in the book is universal, you may still find some things not working out for you as described in the book should you lack discipline or if you are 'working' with non-American casinos.
It is well known that gambling has destroyed many lives, people have lost their possessions, their homes and ultimately their families. It is a definite beast that has done it's fair share of devouring in many homes. In essence for many victims it has become an addiction. Is it not therefore ridiculous that anyone should even contemplate about being a professional gambler? In defence Elder says gambling is now considered as a form of entertainment. He differentiates between an addicted gambler and a winning gambler, the latter of which he is. However, he also states that there is a 'thin line' between the two.
In a clear and easy to read writing style he outlines the characteristics of a winning gambler. These characteristics are, i would say, the characteristics of any successful person. They have a passion, they are disciplined, they keep themselves abreast of the facts (the knowledge in their field) and they maintain a certain mindset that involves controlling their emotions. A winning gambler is a thinking gambler and they adopt certain techniques (one of which is called card counting) that help them to win and win big at the casinos. Elder also highlights some of the unfair tactics of the casino's that kick people out who appear to be winning big. Other surprising verified facts include casino's filling the air with scents that create a mood that encourages people to remain and continue gambling.
Because of the 'thin line' i am someone who is not in favour of gambling however, Elder's journey is certainly admirable as he has discovered a way of gambling that can be fulfilling as well as profitable. Whilst my opinion would be, when it comes to gambling, not to do it, Elders would certainly be to do it, but to do it his way. In the eve of the numerous debates that i predict will surface as a result of this book, my advice would be to read it for yourself and make up your own mind. This is a wonderful thought provoking book.