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Here Are Some Secrets You Should Know!15 January 2006
Casino gambling has become the new American pastime, superceding bowling, tennis, golf, baseball, football, et al. There are approximately 54 million casino gamblers in America according to the Harrah's poll. That's more than 25 percent of the adult population. To cater to these gamblers many publishing houses have rushed out books about the games of chance - many of them books that are so bad the casinos should be paying the authors under the table for writing them.
I sometimes think that casino gambling authors are selected thusly: The Publisher states, "We need a casino gambling book to capitalize on the craze!" Editor: "I got just the guy, my brother-in-law. He's lost millions in the casinos. I'll get him to write it!"
Enter into this picture Mr. Bill Burton.
Bill Burton is the gaming columnist for About.com and a regular contributor to Casino Player, Strictly Slots, Midwest Gaming and Travel, and Southern Gaming Destinations, some of the top magazines in the gaming business. Bill Burton is also a columnist for www.GoldenTouchCraps.com, where his poker column appears each month. But Bill is not a one-game player, he has knowledge of all the games and I can safely call this man a bright generalist. Burton is an expert who must be listened to. He is not just somebody's brother-in-law.
Now I will add the most important thing to the above mix, Bill Burton is an advantage player as well - which means he can get the edge over the house in blackjack, video poker, craps, and against his opponents in Texas Hold'em poker. His first book was Get the Edge at Low Limit Texas Hold 'em, which has become one of the biggest best sellers in the world of poker play. When Mr. Burton goes to the casino it is to make a withdrawal based on his skill as a player. He does not go with just the hope that Lady Luck will favor him - as most other casino gamblers do. Keep in mind that in the long run Lady Luck is a fickle mistress indeed. Place your long-term faith and fate in the hands of Lady Luck and she will disappoint you terribly.
The casinos do not rely on Lady Luck. They are immune to her charms. They have the math of the games on their side. The reason such mighty glittering edifices have been built in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Tunica, Reno and across the country has more to do with the math of the games than with luck. And Burton understands this fully and completely. Math equals money in the casino equation.
So when Bill Burton comes out with a new book on the ins and outs of casino gambling we must take sharp notice. After all, unlike many casino gambling writers Bill Burton is the real deal - a man who can play the games with a real edge over the house and a man who understands gambling's math as well as all the systems that players have come up with, both the good ones and the bad ones, in an attempt to beat the games.
In farm terminology, Bill Burton knows the real bull from the BS. You will not find any BS in a Bill Burton book, nor will you find silly betting systems that sound good but don't actually work. Burton is the real deal and he deals the gambling information straight.
His newest book 1,000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets (Sourcebooks, $12.95) is just that. One thousand things you need to know to become a strong casino player, be your game slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, the carnival games such as Caribbean Stud, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, and Four Card Poker, or regular poker such as the tremendously popular Texas Hold 'em, a game in which Bill Burton shines with a special light. There is also great information on sports betting and horse racing, two types of wagering opportunities that most casino gambling books totally forget about.
The book takes each game in turn, explains how the game is played and then offers the best possible strategies for playing those games. If a game has the potential to be beaten by savvy casino players, Burton explains what the advantage-play method is for that game. He explains the odds and edges of the games, which games are player friendly and which are not quite so friendly - and which games are deadly. Indeed, if you want to get a complete picture of the good, the bad and the horrendous, 1,000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets has everything you need to know.
The book also contains important information about money management, proper etiquette at the tables, comps, and credit.
One aspect of this book, which I particularly liked, was the easy way in which each topic is handled. All sentences/paragraphs are numbered. Burton cuts to the chase on each and every aspect of his subject and there is no filler in the book. If this were a meal, it would be all meat and no fat.
Burton's knowledge of casino gambling is profound and he has the ability to share this knowledge in a pleasing way. He is a good writer. Knowledge of the subject and the ability to get it across are the two most important things for a gambling writer. Burton has both these aspects in abundance. He'll take you step-by-step through the pitfalls that trap many players on the losing cycle because of poor betting choices and poor money-management strategies.
I recommend this book highly. I think it should be on every smart gambler's bookshelf. Even if you consider yourself a smart casino gambler, it is always good to get a refresher by an expert.
1,000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets is published by Sourcebooks and is $12.95. It is available at Amazon.com, other Internet book sites, as well as at major books stores in America and Canada.
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