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Bob Dancer is the world’s foremost video poker expert. A regular columnist for Casino Player, Strictly Slots, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, tens of thousands of casino enthusiasts look to Bob Dancer for advice about playing their favorite gambling game. His Video Poker Strategy Cards, Winners Guides videos, and software are the best-selling video poker tutorials of all time.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington Press; First Edition; Signed by Author edition (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929712110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929712116
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bob Dancer's Million Dollar Video Poker is an excellent description of the life and goals of a successful advantage video poker player. I'm considering giving it to some of my relatives to help them understand the lifestyle, risks, and possible gains of playing beatable VP machines.
However, if you're looking for a book that describes how to beat the VP machines (strategies, etc.), this isn't going to help you out very much. You'd be better off reading Bob Dancer's Winners Guides, which he's gradually publishing for each VP game. While Dancer includes some tips and information in Million Dollar Video Poker, he basically only says as much as he needs to in order to tell his story to someone who might not know anything about video poker.
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This is not a book on playing strategy. It's more an autobiographical account of how the author extracted over a million dollars from the casinos. Many of his tactics are described in great detail. The really amazing thing is that anyone would be so candid about his personal life and the things he's done, and how he rationalizes doing things that many people might consider unethical, immoral or perhaps even illegal. One sentence on page 170 is especially revealing: "I'd had a lot of people work with me, get mad at me, and want nothing more to do with me." He seems to delight in being disliked.
There are many good recommendations, such as learning a game thoroughly before playing it and continuing to practice on a trainer program so that your skills don't deteriorate. I especially liked the section titled "The care and feeding of slot hosts." Flattery and gifts (bribes) will get you over a lot of hurdles.
On the very first page of the text, Bob shows his disdain for less than perfect players. Consider a Jacks or Better hand containing a suited J-10, an off-suit King, and two low cards, one of which may or may not be a flush penalty card. The "best" play when there is no penalty card is the J-10 (highest EV by 0.01). I could go into a mathematical analysis discussing how infrequent such a decision occurs, and how frequently there is a penalty card, thus making the K-J the best play in the vast majority of cases, but Bob would come back with dozens of other trivial situations. Therefore, I'll simply point out that several respected analysts have shown that a penalty-card-free strategy comes much closer than 0.01% off of perfect play, and even my easy-to-follow Precision Play rules come within 0.01% of the game EV.
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I thought this was going to be a tutorial. It was more of the story of a professional gambler and how he got lucky. It was an interesting read if you can get through the narcissitic "I'm the greatest parts"
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Bob Dancer tells the story of his exciting 7-year ride playing video poker, beginning with a modest bankroll and ultimately leading to a million dollar win over the casinos. Along the way he relates some of the most fascinating and revealing anecdotes of any gambler to date. In the process the intelligence, psychology and strategies essential to a successful player are disclosed.
The book leaves little doubt about luck's keen role in conquest over the casinos. But disciplined play is vividly illustrated by Dancer to be far more crucial. He demonstrates that discipline maximizes opportunities for luck to play out in the gamblers' favor.
While focused on Dancer's video poker experience, any gambler will find food for thought applicable to their game. For that matter, even a reader with a passing gaming interest will find it a very lucid, compelling and entertaining read.
The book is quite possibly the most insightful book on the subject of gambling that anyone who has ever stepped foot into a casino, or who contemplates doing so, will pick up. It isn't one to overlook.
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Other reviewers have commented correctly that this is not another how-to book about playing video poker perfectly. Bob Dancer and others already have written those books. This new one offers: (1) a surprisingly revealing account of Dancer's rags-to-riches life over the past 20 years; and (2) his advice about preserving one's bankroll and soul while gambling to earn a living. Video poker happens to be the venue because that is Dancer's game of choice. But anyone who aspires to being a winning gambler should read this book. In addition, the book is a fun read. The Dancers' climactic $1,000,000 win is merely the happy ending of an adventure that often threatened to end badly.
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As the author of the gambling book Gamblers Fight Back I can tell you that this book was the inspiration for my life as a professional gambler. I was so inspired by Bob's dedication to success and passion for his work, I decided to seek a similar course. This book details Bob's life as a professional video poker player. It is filled with interesting stories and real-life encounters. It is not a basic how-to book regarding video poker. There are many video poker facts to be learned but not a book for beginners seeking the basics. This book gives you a realistic view of life as a pro gambler and leaves you with a yearning to achieve the success that Bob has achieved. It is a book that literally changed my life and changed it for the better. Thanks, Bob.
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