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Play Gin To Win Paperback – Large Print, Unknown format
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About the Author
Born Oct. 21, 1931, Galveston, TX. Educated at Catholic schools through college (U. of St. Thomas, Houston) . Korean veteran, USMC. Hairstylist 1954. Married 1954, wife Joan, 5 children, 5 grandchildren. Widowed 1993. Remarried, another Joan, June 12, 1999. Business owner since 1957, still active. Partner in health and racquet club. Played gin rummy for 65 years with total success.
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yep, he seems to be full of himself. doesn't need to be. just get the material across and the book sales will come.
the illustrations were clear as well as the layout of the book too. he can thank his publishers for that.
The book is edited and published by the author's friend. I am sure Mr. Killebrew is an interesting person and a pleasure to be around. Why else would so many people enjoy playing him and getting beaten by him? But the impression I get is one of a sleazy braggart of a con-artist. A small publishing house is fine, but usually there is a reason a regular publishing company does not pick up one's manuscript: it just isn't quite good enough. Looking at the other items Swan Pub. and his editor Pete Billac has come out with, they almost all involve the same things about which we get spammed. Having read the Bicycle books on hearts and spades by Joseph Andrews, one sees how a book on a card game should be written.
I was also lured in by the positive reviews. I should have listened to the negatives this time. I should have noted that several of the glowing reviews are written by the author (ckill2015). I also note that the anonymous reviews were written soon after the book's publication, many of which were posted on the same day.
As to the quality, there just isn't much here, certainly not enough to justify a $9.95 price tag. Gin Rummy is not THAT complicated a game to warrant an extensive treatise, but Gin Rummy How to Play and Win, in fewer pages and with a much lower price, covers FAR more information on the game, variations and strategy. This book covers a lot of the author reminiscing about himself and his life and how wonderful a player he is.
To echo the problem with the chapter on "Percentages," it is true the book doesn't deal with it. It is also the second shortest chapter in the book at nearly a page and a half. However, on the back of the book the first item in the list of "Learn How To" features is "Play Percentages." That's just false advertising, also known as lying. My apologies for being too personal here, but since he brings it up in the "about the author" section, I expect better of a Marine.
There are good points to the book: his chapter on cheating is interesting; he does offer good advice on playing a live opponent, and after all the smack-talk similar to the play of bid-whist, he does offer excellent advice on courtesy.
Nor am I one for political correctness, but something about this line just rubs me the wrong way and is indicative of the whole book: "Against the very good players (the ones who play the game as I play it) you have to maintain discipline and never give in to hunches or impulses. I know this is useless information to give to female players because their intuition is so much more acute than mine is..."
At $9.95, this book is far too expensive for what one gets. The practical advice could fit nicely into a well-thought-out brochure. Please leave out the extensive writing on the "card gods" and use of telepathy and telekinesis. I would rather have learned from and lost to the author in person than been cheated by this book.
The author brings out fallacious ideas like you have to "think about the card you want and it will make you more likely to get it". This won't help the author's credibility. A good publisher would have never let him publish such non-sense.
Also, the overall tone of the writing does not inspire confidence. I was not looking for a novel, but I like it when the author sounds professional.
I am not in good position to judge the rest of the book. But that's the scary part! I won't be able to tell the good from the bad!
I only recommend that book because I couldn't find many other books about Gin. I advise the reader too be cautious reading this book.
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His advice is excessively basic.
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