Sunday, 27 February 2011

The Gambler's Book Club

I am always interested in gambling-related books and as usual our friends over the pond are much more advanced in their sporting publications and cutting-edge research. My brother, Tony, mentioned the Gambler's Book Club.

He has purchased a number of titles from them over the years. I am hoping to get a few publishers or book selling businesses to give a book or two as prizes for a plug on High Class Equine (HCE). If you are interested in a Free link on our homepage (which is worth a couple of hundred pounds of anyone's money) then get in contact and we will throw in a posting dedicated to your business, author or publication(s). Have a look at the Gambler's Book Club as they have a comprehensive range of titles covering many subjects.

Gambler's Book Club is one of the most famous gaming institutions in Las Vegas—and with more than 3,000 titles, the largest gaming book store in the world. During its 47-year history as the reigning authority on gambling publications, the GBC has hosted numerous book signings by internationally famous gaming authors, including Nick Pileggi, author of Casino and Wise Guys; thoroughbred handicapper Andy Beyer, author of The Winning Horseplayer; Ken Uston, author of Million Dollar Blackjack; and poker legend Amarillo Slim, author of Play Poker to Win.

Through the doors of the GBC have passed virtually all the legends of gambling. On any given day, you might find poker legend Doyle Brunson talking about his book Super System or the exploits of his life in the rough and tumble days of yore, or handicapping icon Lem Banker chatting with gambling historian Howard Schwartz, famed consultant and figurehead of the GBC. Casino owners Steve Wynn, Jackie Gaughan, and Jack Binion have purchased books on casino management, surveillance and customer service. Ex-mobsters, FBI agents, best-selling authors, legendary screenwriters such as William Goldman (who wrote the screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), and gaming researchers regularly shop here. The GBC was even credited in the hit movie Rounders.

John and Edna Luckman founded the Gambler’s Book Club in their home in 1964 as a hobby. They started with 18 titles on gambling that they sold through mail order. When John retired as a floor person at the Tropicana, they rented a storefront on Charleston near Main in Las Vegas. The Luckmans began publishing gaming books soon after opening the GBC, including several titles that John wrote—a library that eventually would number more than 250 works. Their company, GBC Press, published the first hold’em poker book in 1976, David Sklansky’s seminal work, Hold’em Poker, and the first pai gow poker book ever. John Scarne, Walter Gibson, Sonny Reizner, and the great Harry Houdini are just a few GBC Press authors. Later, the store was renamed Gambler's Book Shop so that shoppers wouldn't think they had to join a club, but we have restored the original name to Gambler's Book Club.

Today the shop is aligned with Cardoza Publishing, the world’s largest publisher of gambling books—bringing together two legendary brand names. New proprietor Avery Cardoza says, “I wanted to revive the luster and nostalgia of the GBC in its glory days and at the same time bring it in line with the modern era.” The GBC now features its widest selection ever of gaming titles, DVDs and software, and has added accessories such as cards, dice, gaming felts, memorabilia—plus a wide range of biographies, Vegas interest items, games such as chess and backgammon, and Mafia titles.

After more than 30 years on Charleston and 11th in Downtown Las Vegas, the GBC recently moved to a more appealing location, replete with wood floors and bookcases, with memorabilia tucked into every nook and cranny. The GBC is about three miles east of the Strip at 5473 S. Eastern Ave, Las Vegas NV 89119 (between Tropicana and Russell, two blocks from Wal-Mart). Store hours are 9 till 7 Monday-Friday, and 10-6 on Saturdays.

Next time you’re in Las Vegas, come visit the most famous gambling store in the world. You never know what gaming celebrity you’ll run into!
Here is a book review:
Taking a Calculated Risk or Just Gambling? Fantasy or Fiction?

In Sports, Dana T Smith Added on: 10/08/2010

Suppose you decide to risk $100,000 at gambling. Would it be better for you to wager your wad on betting sports or investing in the stock market? The answer Elihu Feustel and George Howard give in their book, Conquering Risk: Attacking Vegas and Wall Street, (280 pgs, $24.95), may surprise you. I would be hard pressed to find a book on the ins and outs, the how-to and the how-not-to of gambling at sports or stocks that is more intelligent or lucid.

The authors adeptly explain the concepts of trading and risk management in gambling, but they don’t stop short of the goal line: They investigate strategies for winning your bets on the NFL, WNBA, MLB, and NCAA football with mathematical formulas to guide you. Although I am math-challenged, I could still understand and follow their reasoning. Five sports betting models—black box, handicapper success, NFL point-based, WNBA efficiency-based, and baseball runs scored—are clearly outlined, followed by MLB conversions and NCAA football conversions analyses. Departing from academics and how-to advice, Feustel and Howard insert colorful and helpful personal experiences and newsworthy stories from the headlines in shaded boxes that do not distract readers from the flow of the dialogue.

“Wall Street is tougher and nastier than sports betting” is the lead sentence in the section on stocks, titled “Stock Betting” rather than “investing.” Contrasting stocks and sports, stock market wagers have the advantage of a lower average house edge. But don’t let that fool you—sports wagers have two key advantages over betting stocks: real transparency and a lower level of opposition. It is far easier to find out everything you want to know about a team’s capabilities (stats are plastered all over the web, and sportscasters debate ad infinitum 24/7) than it is to discover the true colors of a large corporation (whose financials can easily be doctored). Therefore, the authors conclude, “If you are both mathematically inclined and motivated to learn, sports betting is likely far safer and more profitable.”

This book is a gem that I wholeheartedly recommend to people who want to rise above the crowd by taking intelligent risks in their life, whether at sports, stocks—or yes, even love and occupational choices.

Stephen Nover, author of Winning Fantasy Football (275 pgs, $14.95), has won a warehouseful of fantasy football championships, including several head-to-head titles in ESPN and Yahoo leagues. After claiming that fantasy football is the greatest thing that’s happened to pro football fans in the last ten years, the author moves right along to the seven basics of fantasy football—from assembling a league and choosing a commissioner to setting up a schedule and compiling scores—to different types of leagues, explaining each in detail (head-to-head, rotisserie, salary cap, and keeper).

Nover takes you through the how-to of drafting stars to build a winning team; improving your team through trades, pickups, and the waiver wire; and finding sleepers. If you’re lucky enough to make it to the playoffs, you still need to be flexible, he warns. Although you’d like to stick with the “studs and starters who got you that far, you almost always have to do some minor tweaking with your lineup.” Then he advises how to prepare for the playoffs using “contingency” thinking.

Ragging on himself, Nover admits that he used to play fantasy basketball, baseball and football, but gave up baseball when his girlfriend abruptly packed her bags and left after waiting too long for him to tear himself away from the computer. “It’s called getting a life,” he says. If you want to put more life into your football gaming, this book is a well of information with intelligently written advice and winning strategies.

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