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Gambling is one of the most popular past times in America, with over 47 million people playing games of chance. Las Vegas is the gambling Mekka which offers the opportunity to strike it rich or loose everything. And with the invention of online gambling the opportunities are many to try your luck. In order to increase your chances to leave the tables as a winner, we are providing you with ebooks on strategy and game play as well as the best teaching and training software. Do not bet your money in a game you don't understand. Be a smart gambler, invest the time to study the games you would like to play and then go out and have fun while playing the best and most informed you can.

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Herrman's Tricks with Cards

Professor Hoffmann

Herrman's Tricks with Cards by Professor HoffmannThis is a reprint of the sections dealing with card magic from Professor Hoffmann's Modern Magic. There are however six new pages (four in the front and two in the back) which are entitled "Canfield's Expose". These six pages expose scams such as 'short changing', the 'soap game', the 'spindle game', ...

Reprint is too kind a word, rip-off is more appropriate since this was an unauthorized republication of Hoffmann's material. Also interesting to note is that the correct spelling of Herrmann is with two r's and two n's, the book title however only shows one n. Probably a deliberate error to avoid legal troubles. (Information...

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The Rich Uncle from Fiji

M. P. Adams

The Rich Uncle from Fiji by M. P. AdamsA classic textbook containing numerous swindles for those who desire to take down and rope the public! It is unique in that it has the only written description of the coin purse swindle - complete with photographs. Many of these cons are being used today, some with minor changes and some exactly as they were played when Rich Uncle was written. There are monte mobs working today in the same manner they worked a hundred years ago.

published 1911 by The Exchange Press, Melbourne; later reprinted by Gamblers Book Club, Nevada; 64 pages

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  1. Foreword
  2. Rich Uncle from Fiji Yarn ...
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20 Years a Fakir

S. James Weldon

20 Years a Fakir by S. James WeldonWeldon traveled this country during the last 20 years of the 19th century, learning and perfecting tricks of the street peddler. Many of these ploys are still used today in one form or another. He helped pioneer the many subleties of "street selling" and "percentage moves." His self-taught mastery of man's basic needs enabled him to manipulate people into buying things, sometimes using their own greed as his tool. Must reading for those interested in studying a true American phenomenon - "The pitch man."

1st edition, 1899, Gate City Book and Novelty Co., Omaha; reprint, 1980, Gamblers Book...

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My Confidential Tips To Poker Players

F. R. Ritter

My Confidential Tips To Poker Players by F. R. RitterAn early publication (from the early 19th century) about the odds and strategy of draw poker.
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Advantage Card Playing

F. R. Ritter

Advantage Card Playing by F. R. RitterThis was the advertisement booklet for Ritter's book Advantage Card Playing and Draw Poker. It describes the motivation of the book and shows some excerpts including four illustrations.

1st edition 1905, 9 pages; digital edition colorized.

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The Expert at the Card Table

S. W. Erdnase

The Expert at the Card Table by S. W. ErdnaseOriginally entitled Artifice Ruse and Subterfuge at the Card Table, is probably the most cited and referenced book about card gambling moves - a classic in the history of magic literature. A must read for any card magician or aspiring gambling expert and an indespensable reference book. While the authorship of this book is hotly debated we are convinced it was Edward Gallaway. (For a detailed work on the search for Erdnase see Hurt McDermott's Artifice, Ruse & Erdnase.)

[A copy of this book is also included in Michael McDougall's Card Mastery. This ebook is also available in a German translation.

This book was rated one of the ten basic books for a working library of conjuring by H. Adrian Smith,...

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The Right Way To Do Wrong

Harry Houdini

The Right Way To Do Wrong by Harry HoudiniThis is a fun book to read. Great stories about pickpockets, burglars, bunco men, thiefs, and others. Houdini collected interesting cases talking to detectives, and police chiefs. The book describes the methods used to scam innocent victims. Some of these schemes are still popular, which shows again, that one can learn a lot from the past.

published 1906 by Harry Houdini, Boston MA; later reprinted by Gamblers Book Club, Las Vegas; 96 pages

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  1. Preface
  2. Shot One - Income of a Criminal
  3. Shot Two - Professional Burglary
  4. Shot Three - Difficulties of Burglary
  5. Shot Four...
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Great Gambling Stories

various

Great Gambling Stories by variousIf you love gambling and everything associated with it, or if you love reading about gambling you will cherish these stories, which are some of the greatest gambling stories ever told.

The Queen of Spades by Aleksandr Pushkin
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain
The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Rocking-Horse Winner by D. H. Lawrence

Although these stories were not written with the intent to make you a better gambler, I firmly believe that indirectly they will. They will cause you to reflect on the psychology of gambling and its peculiar characters which...
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Three Card Monte

Audley V. Walsh & John Scarne

Three Card Monte by Audley V. Walsh & John ScarneThis is a treatise on the sucker effects of the Three Card Monte. It starts with an intro by Nate Leipzig, includes a definition of gambling terms and goes on to explain moves, routines and schemes to work the Three Card Monte. John Scarne was a master in performing and demonstrating this sucker effect. Learn everything about it in this digital reproduction, either to be aware of the various ways this can be played and thus be protected, or to learn to perform it for entertainment purposes.

1st edition ~1930s, 42 pages.
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The Highway to Hell

John Philip Quinn

The Highway to Hell by John Philip QuinnThis is essentially a small excerpt from Quinn's primary work Fools of Fortune. A couple of chapters have been taken, some incomplete, together with endorsements and other promotional material, to produce this volume.

1st edition 1895; PDF 68 pages.

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The Autobiography of an Old Sport: Fifty years at the Card Table

Harry P. Dodge

The Autobiography of an Old Sport: Fifty years at the Card Table by Harry P. DodgeThe record of a career famous for adventure and vicissitude, and in which the jester won more tricks than the gamester.
  • Preface
  • Chapter I: Birth And Early Peregrinations
  • Chapter II: Becoming A Patron Of The Pasteboards
  • Chapter III: Early Times On The Mississippi
  • Chapter IV: Getting A Sobriquet And Meeting Great Men
  • Chapter V: The Turnpikes, The Packets And The Inns
  • Chapter VI: Initiated In The Sons Of Malta
  • Chapter VII: From The Green Mountains To Pike's Peak
  • Chapter VIII: With The Bold Soldier Boys
  • Chapter IX: The Fraternity Of Gamesters
  • Chapter X: To Point A Moral And Adorn A...
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H. C. Evans Catalog 1909-1910

Edwin C. Hood

H. C. Evans Catalog 1909-1910 by Edwin C. HoodH. C. Evans was a company specializing in the manufacture and sale of gambling and carnival equipment. They also sold sporting goods like baseball gloves, various balls, hunting and fishing gear. Particularly noteworthy are their offerings for cheating purposes such as hold-outs, or dice which have been altered in a number of ways, or marked cards, etc.

1st edition 1909, 64 pages.

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Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi

George H. Devol

Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi by George H. DevolThis is the story of a boy who ran away from home to become a cabin boy on a Mississippi riverboat at age ten. At fourteen he could stack a deck of cards. And for forty years after this point in time he bilked people from all walks of live, businessmen, thieves, soldiers, ... This is the fascinating story of the King of the Riverboat Gamblers.

1st edition, 1887, Devol & Haines, Cincinnati; reprinted, ?, Applewood Books, Bedford, Massachusetts; 300 pages.

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  1. A Religious Captain
  2. A Cold Deck
  3. A Woman With a Gun
  4. A Shrewd Trick
  5. A Paymaster's Bluff
  6. A Crazy Man
  7. A...
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Monte Carlo

Anonymous

Monte Carlo by AnonymousThis manual exposes cheating at gambling of all kinds including more than 100 methods of rigged machines, tables, dice, marked cards, sleight of hand and more.

It is unclear when this book was originally published, but it does reprint some illustrations from The Expert at the Card Table which means it must be after 1902. Our best guess is that this was published during the 1920s.

From the preface:

The lack of knowledge on any one subject is not ignorance. You may be the smartest lawyer, the most brilliant doctor, a captain of finance, an intelligent banker, an educated scholar, and a gentleman in every walk of...
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Mysterien des Kartenspiels

Arthur Toskana

Mysterien des Kartenspiels by Arthur ToskanaDieses Buch ist in Deutsch verfaßt und ganz dem falschen Spiel mit Karten gewidmet. Es behandelt unter anderem Griffe wie das Falschmischen, Spielaustausch, präparierte Karten und Gehilfen.

Erstausgabe, 1900, Berlinische Verlagsanstalt; 53 pages.

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  1. Vorwort
  2. Die Geschichte der Karten und ihrer Spiele
  3. Die Volte
  4. Das Falschmischen
  5. Das Eskamotieren der Karten
  6. Das inkorrekte Abheben
  7. Das korrigierte Kartengeben
  8. Vorbereitete Spiele
  9. Karten-Präparationen
 
  1.    A. Gezeichnete Karten
  2.    B. Beschnittene Karten
  3.    C. Gebogene Karten
  4.    D. Durchstochene...
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Sharps and Flats

John Nevil Maskelyne

Sharps and Flats by John Nevil MaskelyneSharps and Flats is probably the most important early book on cheating devices and methods. Sharps being the cheaters and flats being the cheated, the mark. Maskelyne details among others, marked cards, holdouts (Kepplinger holdout), reflectors and manipulation. He describes not just cheating at the card table but also cheating with dice, cheating at Sporting houses, and at Roulette. The book is very thorough with many wonderful illustrations.

1st edition, 1894, Longmans, Green and Co., New York and London; reprinted, Gamblers Book Club, Las Vegas; 335 pages.

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The Woman's Guide to Gambling

John Scarne

The Woman's Guide to Gambling by John ScarneThis is a sound gambling primer covering Blackjack, Bingo, Poker, Craps, Gin, Lotteries and Sweepstakes, Horseracing, Keno, Numbers, Slot Machines and Roulette. John also touches in various places on cheating and game protection.

From the inside flap of the book:

If you are one of the 48 million American woman who gamble - whether in private homes, clubs, Bingo halls, gambling casinos, poker rooms, or at the racetrack, in the numbers game, or in lotteries - then John Scarne's The Woman's Guide to Gambling is the book written specifically for you. Mr. Scarne, the world's foremost expert...
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Scarne's Guide to Modern Poker

John Scarne

Scarne's Guide to Modern Poker by John ScarneThis ebook can change your gambling future! John Scarne, who is widely recognized as greatest gambling expert, reveals the secrets and strategies you need to increase your enjoyment - and winnings - at the world's popular card game.

Scarne lays down the rules of all 117 forms of poker, including the latest variations, making this ebook invaluable as a source of new games and as the final arbiter of all disputes. Where at one time the ultimate verdict on rules was "according to Hoyle," today it is "according to Scarne." You will learn how to:
  • Bet like an expert.
  • Protect yourself from poker...
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Card Sharpers

Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin & William John Hilliar

Card Sharpers by Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin & William John HilliarSubtitled: Their tricks exposed or the art of always winning

Translated from the French of Robert-Houdin by William J. Hilliar. Robert-Houdin wrote this book primarily as an expose to reduce the number of people being cheated. He writes in his preface: "Enlighten the dupes and there will be no more cheats."

1st edition 1903; original 201 pages; PDF 145

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  1. PREFACE
  2. PUBLISHER'S NOTE

    CARD-SHARPERS

  3. A Dangerous Teacher
  4. CHAPTER I: The Modern Greeks
  5. CHAPTER II: The Greek Of The Fashionable World
  6. CHAPTER III: The Greek Of The Middle Class
  7. CHAPTER IV: The Greek...
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The Best Short Change Scam Ever

Devin Knight

The Best Short Change Scam Ever by Devin KnightThis is probably the best short-change swindle every created. In his younger years, Devin Knight worked at a carnival doing Robert Nelson's Horoscope Pitch. During his stint with the carnival, he met a professional short-change artist, who showed him the most ingenious short-change scam Devin had ever seen. It made the scammer $10.00 every time he walked into a store and bought an inexpensive item.

Devin was familiar with the sometimes crude short-change methods used by carnies, but he had never seen a swindle as sophisticated as this one. The scammer would very slowly and deliberately count...

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