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Scarne's New Complete Guide to Gambling

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The world still recognizes the legendary John Scarne as the most authoritative expert on gambling who ever lived. Author of dozens of books On the subject Scarne Collected and distilled everything he knew in this, the most comprehensive book on gambling ever written. Since its publication in 1961 and subsequent new editions, Scarne's New Complete Guide to Gambling has been far and away the best-selling book of its kind.

As gambling consultant to several governments and many of the world's top casinos, Scarne knew the world of gambling from the inside out, with access to many of the most powerful figures and innermost secrets of gambling's fascinating and complicated world. He spices the volumes of gambling advice and inside tips contained here with many of the stories and personalities he knew in his fabulously successful life as a gambling expert, advocate and writer.

Every aspect of gambling at games of chance and skill is covered here: official rules; correct adds and house percentages; advice and instruction on playing strategy; explanations of swindling methods and how to detect them. And every game and sporting event involving betting of any kind is reviewed, explained, analyzed.

More than 100 million Americans gamble at one time or another during any given year. Now, more than ever, this is the one book they'll need to become consistent winners in their chosen game.

Synopsis:

The world still recognizes the legendary John Scarne as the most authoritative expert on gambling who ever lived. Author of dozens of books On the subject Scarne Collected and distilled everything he knew in this, the most comprehensive book on gambling ever written. Since its publication in 1961 and subsequent new editions, Scarne's New Complete Guide to Gambling has been far and away the best-selling book of its kind.

As gambling consultant to several governments and many of the world's top casinos, Scarne knew the world of gambling from the inside out, with access to many of the most powerful figures and innermost secrets of gambling's fascinating and complicated world. He spices the volumes of gambling advice and inside tips contained here with many of the stories and personalities he knew in his fabulously successful life as a gambling expert, advocate and writer.

Every aspect of gambling at games of chance and skill is covered here: official rules; correct adds and house percentages; advice and instruction on playing strategy; explanations of swindling methods and how to detect them. And every game and sporting event involving betting of any kind is reviewed, explained, analyzed.

More than 100 million Americans gamble at one time or another during any given year. Now, more than ever, this is the one book they'll need to become consistent winners in their chosen game.

About the Author

John Scarne, now deceased, was recognized during his lifetime as the world's foremost expert on gambling. His knowledge and spirit live on in the many books he wrote, including Scarne's Guide to Casino Gambling, Scarne's Modern Poker, The Odds Against Me, Scarne on Cards, Scarne on Dice, and many, many others.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

1. Gambling: America's Biggest Industry

America's $500 Billion Gambling Handle

Does the Mafia Control Gambling in America?

The Law vs. Gambling

Another Scarne Gambling Survey

Types of Gamblers

Gambling and the Federal Tax Problem

2. The Mathematics and Science of Gambling

What Is Gambling?

Gamblers and Scientists

Chance and How It Works

What Are Odds?

Percentage and How It Works Against the Player

Gambling Operators Also Have Headaches

Hot and Cold Players

Luck and How It Works

Gambler's Fallacy

The "Guesser's Disadvantage,"

Gambling Systems

Skill vs. Chance

How to Better Your Chances of Winning

3. Horse Racing: The King of Sports

The Historical Background of Racing

Bookmaking as an Industry

Win, Place, Show and Exotic Bets

Types of Races

The Track Line and the Morning Line

Origin of Bookmaking and the Pari-mutuel Betting System

How the Totalisator and the Pari-mutuel System Work

How Nickel and Dime Breakage Works

How the State and Track Guts Beat Down the Players

Minus Pools

Race Touts and Their Methods

Betting Rings

Crooked Horse Racing

Hunch and Form Players

System Players

Portrait of a Bookmaker

Women Bookies

Horse Mobs Who Cheat Bookmakers

The Inside Operation of a Bookmaker

Scarne's Advice on Betting the Races

Scarne's Advice on "Exotic" Pari-mutuel Bets

Legalized Off-Track Betting vs. the Illegal Bookie

Protection and Graft

Legalized Off-Track Betting in Various Countries

Puerto Rico's Track and Off-Track Betting

Legal Off-Track Bookmaking in Nevada

New York City's OTB or Off-Track Betting

What Congress Should Do About the 10% Federal Excise Gambling Tax Law

Scarne's State Off-Track Betting Plan

4. Betting on Sports Events

Sports Offices and Bookmakers

Misconceptions About Betting Scalpers

Race Bookies and Sports Betting

The Sports Line and How It Is Made

Betting on BaseballGames

Baseball's 40¢ Line

Baseball's 20¢ Line

Baseball's 10¢ Line

Baseball's 5¢ Line

Why Some Sports Bookies Get Ulcers

How to Figure Your Winning Baseball Bets

Baseball's Run Spread Bet

Betting on Football

Betting on Basketball

Basketball's Under and Over Bet

Betting on Hockey

Betting on Greyhound Dog Racing

Scarne's Advice on Betting the Dogs

Betting on Jai Alai, the World's Fastest Game

Betting on Elections

Betting on Prizefights

Betting on Golf Games

Scarne's Legalized State Sports Betting Plan

5. Lotteries, Sweepstakes, Pools and Raffles

The First Public Money Lottery

The British Lottery Mania

Great Britain's Premium Bond Lottery

The British Football Pool

Small British Lotteries

Early American Lotteries

Policy Shops

The Louisiana Lottery

The Puerto Rican Lottery

Crooked Lotteries

Treasury Tickets: Father of Today's State Lotteries

Baseball and Football Pools

The Irish Hospitals' Sweepstakes

Taxes on Sweeps Tickets

What are Your Sweepstakes Chances?

Raffles

6. State Lotteries and How They Work

Scarne's Proposed Triple-Action Lottery Plan

The Giant Sweepstakes and How It Works

7. The Numbers Game

Operation

Origin of Today's Numbers Game

Treasury Tickets

Clearinghouse Numbers

The Racket Boys Move In

The $6 Million Numbers Swindle

The Pari-mutuel Handle Number

Protection and the Law

New York City's Numbers Game

Lucky Numbers

Number 614

Numbers Bets and Payoff Odds

The Economics of the Numbers Bank

The Numbers Game Odds

The Numbers Bank Percentage Take

Scarne's Proposed State Numbers Plan

8. Bingo: The $3 Billion National Pastime

Legal vs. Illegal Bingo

The Origin of Bingo

The Mechanics of the Game

Bingo Equipment

The Play of the Game

The Bingo Debate

Bigtime Games

Bingo Mathematics

Cheating at Bingo

Your Best Bet at Bingo

9. Gambling Casinos: Carpet and Sawdust Joints Yesterday and Today

Carpet Joints

Sawdust Joints

The Barn

The Racket Boys Move In

Early Casinos

Faro

Monte Carlo

Canfield and Bradley

New Casino Games

The History of the Las Vegas Strip

Is Gambling in Nevada Honest?

Government Supervision of Puerto Rican Casinos

Casino Operation

Gambling Junkets

Nevada Gambling and Big Business

Honest Casinos vs. Steer Joints

Tips on How to Spot a Crooked Casino

Casinos' Earning Power

10. Craps: The World's Fastest Gambling Game

Casino and Candy Store Dice

Men and Women Dice Degenerates

The Unfinished Craps Hand

Bank Craps, Money (or Open) Craps, New York Craps, Scarney Craps and Private Craps

Origin and History

The First Craps Bookmaker

The Origin of Vigorish

Scarne's Official Rules for Private Craps

Private Craps: Hustlers and Chumps

Bank Craps Las Vegas Style

Bank Craps Layouts

Bank Craps Bets

New York Craps

Scarney Craps

How to Gamble Sensibly at Bank Craps

Money (or Open) Craps

How to Detect Crooked Dice

Cheating with Honest Dice

Protection Against Dice Cheats

Craps Betting Systems

11. Correct Odds in Dice Games Using Two, Three, Four or Five Dice

12. Black Jack, or Twenty-One: Casino Style

Casino Betting Limits

The $250,000 Win

The $1 Million Freeze-out

Black Jack Mechanics

Black Jack's History

How Black Jack Got Its Name

Casino Variations

Scarne's Casino Black Jack Rules

The Black Jack Dealer's Exact Percentage Take

13. Black Jack Strategy

The Science of Black Jack

Beating the Black Jack Tables

Scarne's Four-Deck Black Jack Shuffle

Strategy for Drawing and Standing

Player's Soft Hand, or Two-Way Count

Splitting Pairs

Doubling Down

Insurance Betting

Additional Black Jack Strategy

Cheating at Black Jack

Scarne's Rules for Private Black Jack

14. Roulette

Roulette Wheels — Yesterday and Today

Standard Roulette Equipment

Roulette Personnel and Their Duties

Scarne's Rules for Playing Roulette

Possible Roulette Bets, Odds and Percentages

Roulette Betting Limits

The $400,000 Roulette Win

Roulette Betting Systems

Cheating at Roulette

Gaffed Roulette Wheels

Cheating with an Honest Wheel

How to Protect Yourself Against Short Payoffs

How to Gamble Sensibly at Roulette

15. Slot Machines: The One-armed Bandits

Legal and Illegal Slots

Charles Fey and the First Slot Machines

Federal Taxes and Law Enforcement

How to Spot a Crooked Slot Machine

Modern Slot Machines and Paybacks

Slot Machine Odds

Calculating the Payout Percentage on Other Machines

Slot Players

Beating the One-armed Bandit

The Rhythm System

Pinball Machines

Advice to Slot Machine Players

16. Chemin de Fer and Baccarat

History

Scarne's Rules for Chemin de Fer

Baccarat Las Vegas Style

Scarne's Rules for Playing Baccarat Las Vegas Style

Percentages Against the Player at Baccarat and Chemin de Fer

Advice to Baccarat and Chemin de Fer Players

Cheating at Baccarat and Chemin de Fer

Crooked Dealing Shoes Used to Cheat at Baccarat and Chemin de Fer

Private Chemin de Fer, or Slogger

Baccarat-en-Banque

17. Scarney Baccarat

History of the Game

Scarne's Rules of Play for Scarney Baccarat

Scarney Baccarat Strategy

Scarney Baccarat Strategy Table

18. Keno: Nevada's Solitaire Bingo-Type Game

Playing Rules

Calculating the House Percentage at Racehorse Keno

The Breakdown on the 10-Spot Ticket

The House Percentage on the 10-Spot Ticket

House Percentages on All Tickets

19. Casino Side Games

The Big Six

The Money Wheel

The Racehorse Wheel

Cheating at Wheels of Chance

Chuck-a-Luck

Hazard

Beat the Shaker

Under and Over Seven

Barbouth

Four Five Six, or the Three-Dice Game

Monte

Trente et Quarante

20. Backgammon

Rules of Play

Backgammon Opening Move Strategy

Backgammon Strategy

Chouette

Partnership Backgammon

Cheating at Backgammon

21. Scarne's Rules for Private Betting Games

Hooligan

Poker Dice

Scarney Dice

Scarney 3000, The Best Private Dice Game

Partnership Scarney 3000

Scarney Put-and-Take Dice

Scarney Duplicate Jackpots

Scarney 21 Up and Down

Liar or Doubting Dice

22. The Match Game

Scarne's Match Game Rules

The Two-Handed Game

Three or More Players

Four, Five, Six or More Players

23. General

Value of Poker Hands and Point Numbers

The Play of the Game

First Throw of the Dice

Second Throw of the Dice

Third Throw of the Dice

Additional Rules

24. Money Poker

25. Carnival, Fair, Bazaar, Arcade and Amusement Park Games

The Language of Carnival Games

Why New Jersey Legalized Carnival Games

The Lowdown on Carnival Games

Hanky-Panks

Percentage Games

Wheels of Fortune

One-Ball Game

The Mouse Game

Carnival Dice Games

Penny Pitch

Crooked Carnival Games

Crooked Carnival Wheels

The Flatty's "Ten Points or More Win" Gimmick

Six-Ball Roll-Down

Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle Variations

Drop Cases

Three-Marble Tivoli

Pin Stores and Peek Joints

The Dart Game

The Devil's Bowling Alley

Fish Pond

Hoop-tossing Games

Watch-la Game

Ring a Peg, or Pitch Till You Win

Cane Rack

Knife Rack

Cover the Red Spot

The Needle Bet

The Swinging Ball and Pin

Nail Hammering Game

Bucket Store and Bushel Basket Games

The Milk Bottles

Cat Game or Cat Rack

String Game

Hand Striker or Binger

Three-Shell Game

Three-Card Monte

A Final Word to Carnival Game Players

26. Private Card Games: Cheating and How to Detect It

The History of Playing Cards

Cheating at Private Games

Card Cheats

The Amateur Cheat

Professional Card Cheats

The Mechanic's Grip

The Pickup Stack

The Riffle Stack

The Old-Style Overhand Shuffle Stack

False Shuffles

Nullifying the Cut

False Cuts

The Prearranged or Cold Deck

Second Dealing

The Peek

The Bottom Deal

The Scarne Cut

Palming

Belly Strippers

Marked Cards

How to Spot a Marked Card Cheat

How to Shuffle Cards

27. Poker: America's Favorite Card Game

Women Poker Players

Origin of Poker

Poker Not According to Hoyle

Poker Has More Science than Bridge

How to Win at Poker

What Every Poker Player Should Know

Twenty General Rules Every Winning Poker Player Must Know

Poker Odds and Probabilities

General Strategy at Poker

Do's and Don'ts

Study Your Opponents' Style of Play

Strategy at Draw Poker

Strategy at Stud Poker

Strategy at Seven-Card Stud

Strategy at High-Low Seven-Card Stud

Strategy at Low Ball

Strategy at Low Poker

Strategy at Wild Games

28. The Wide World of Bridge

Contract Bridge Strategy

Evaluating the Hand

Stayman Convention

Rebid

Defensive Bidding

Slam Bidding

Blackwood Convention

Other Contract Bridge Conventions

Defender's Play

Declarer's Play

Other Notes on General Play

Correct Bridge Odds

Cheating at Bridge

29. Gin Rummy

History of Gin Rummy

What Every Player Should Know About Gin Rummy

Cheating at Gin Rummy

How to Play Winning Gin Rummy

The Skill

Taking or Passing the First Card

When to Go Down

The Knock Reserve

Holding High Cards or Low Cards

Keeping Under

Tips on Discards

Taking an Upcard That Does Not Help

Discarding

Fattening

Looking at Discards, or the Magic Eye

Laying Down Hand When Knocking

Slicing a Layoff

The Mathematics of Gin

Chance for Gin with Three-Card Melds

When to Knock

Sauce for the Goose

Observation

Ten General Rules Every Winning Gin Rummy Player Must Know

30. Skarney: The World's Best Rummy-Type Game

Skarney Partnership

Skarney Singles

Skarney Gin

31. Punchboards, Chain Letters and Pyramid Clubs

The First American Punchboards

Push Cards

The Operator's Percentage

Punchboard Cheats and Their Methods

Jar Games, Tip Books, Tip Boards and Match Paks

The Chain-Letter Racket

Pyramid Clubs

32. Private Betting Propositions: Hustlers and Cheats

The Fly and Sugar Proposition

The Odd Man Coin Proposition

The Spinning Coin Proposition

The Tossing Coin Proposition

The Spelling Proposition

The Lollapalooza Hand

Put-and-Take Top Proposition

The Match Pile Proposition

The Birthday Percentage Proposition

Auto License Plate Percentage Propositions

Percentage Propositions with Cards

The Matching Card Proposition

The Deck Cutting Proposition

Dice Propositions

A Poker Dice Proposition

Craps Propositions: Barring the First Roll

Two-Roll Craps Propositions

Glossary

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671630638
Author:
Scarne, John
Publisher:
Fireside
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Personal and practical guides
Subject:
Personal & Practical Guides
Subject:
Gambling - General
Subject:
Gambling
Subject:
Gambling systems
Subject:
General Games
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
19860807
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
9.16x6.13x2.13 in. 2.68 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The world still recognizes the legendary John Scarne as the most authoritative expert on gambling who ever lived. Author of dozens of books On the subject Scarne Collected and distilled everything he knew in this, the most comprehensive book on gambling ever written. Since its publication in 1961 and subsequent new editions, Scarne's New Complete Guide to Gambling has been far and away the best-selling book of its kind.

As gambling consultant to several governments and many of the world's top casinos, Scarne knew the world of gambling from the inside out, with access to many of the most powerful figures and innermost secrets of gambling's fascinating and complicated world. He spices the volumes of gambling advice and inside tips contained here with many of the stories and personalities he knew in his fabulously successful life as a gambling expert, advocate and writer.

Every aspect of gambling at games of chance and skill is covered here: official rules; correct adds and house percentages; advice and instruction on playing strategy; explanations of swindling methods and how to detect them. And every game and sporting event involving betting of any kind is reviewed, explained, analyzed.

More than 100 million Americans gamble at one time or another during any given year. Now, more than ever, this is the one book they'll need to become consistent winners in their chosen game.

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