Gambling has been around since the dawn of civilization, and its evidence can be found in practically all societies throughout history. Today, millions of people around the world enjoy gambling—and so can you! You can sit down in a casino and play blackjack or just walk to the corner store and buy a lottery ticket. If you love winning and you’re feeling lucky, this is your chance to become a real “player.”
Whether you’re new to the world of gambling or want to improve your already formidable skills, Gambling for Dummies can show you how to make the right bets in any almost any situation. It doesn’t matter if you like to play in casinos or prefer to play the horses, this book has everything you need to beat the odds. Gambling for Dummies covers virtually every aspect of this vast and wondrous enterprise. It explains the basic rules of many of the popular casino games, offers a sound strategic approach to gambling in general, and provides an overview of the odds you need to know to make informed decisions about the kinds of wagers to make. From playing poker, the lottery, and casino games such as blackjack and craps to horse racing and Internet gambling, this essential reference is your key to lady luck. You’ll also discover how to:
- Play poker, roulette, baccarat, keno, and other casino games
- Bet on football, basketball, and baseball
- Developing winning strategies
- Earn “comps” at casinos
- Minimize losses and maximize winnings
- Stretch your bankroll
- Deal with the way state and federal governments view the tax status of gamblers and gambling winnings
- Gamble on the Internet
About the Author
Richard Harroch, a lawyer and avid poker player, and Lou Krieger, a columnist for Card Player Magazine, are co-authors of Poker For Dummies. Arthur Reber is author of The New Gambler's Bible.
Table of Contents
PART I: Learning the Basics and Doing the Math.
Chapter 1: Understanding Basic Gambling Principles.
Chapter 2: Luck, Odds, and Probabilities: You Gotta Know This Stuff.
PART II: Games you Can Win.
Chapter 3: Playing Poker in a Casino.
Chapter 4: Video Poker: The Oddball Offspring of the Slot Machine and Poker.
Chapter 5: Blackjack: The "21 Club".
Chapter 6: Sports Betting: Toeing the Line.
Chapter 7: Horse Racing: Handicapping the Thoroughbreds.
PART III: Games you Can't Beat.
Chapter 8: Slot Machines: Looking for Magic Bullets.
Chapter 9: Craps: Lucky 7 or Unlucky 7.
Chapter 10: Roulette: Spinning the Wheel.
Chapter 11: Baccarat: Nine Tonight.
Chapter 12: Keno.
Chapter 13: Lotteries: Popular and Big Business.
Chapter 14: All Those "Other" Casino Games.
PART IV: A Gambler's Guide to Gaming.
Chapter 15: Internet Gambling: Uncharted Territory in the Virtual Beyond.
Chapter 16: Just Winging It: Comps.
Chapter 17: Gambling and the Law: Jailbirds Can't Fly.
Chapter 18: Gambling and the IRS: Telling Uncle Sam.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: The Ten Best Bets in a Casino.
Chapter 20: Ten Bad Bets in the Casino.
Chapter 21: Ten Things You Can Do Besides Gamble in Gaming Destinations.