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The Book Casino Managers Fear the Most! Paperback – Apr 1998


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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Gollehon Press (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914839454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914839453
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,510,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not a book of systems and strategies as much as it is a book of valuable insights into the psychological warfare that casinos use against the players. Dr. Karlins has a unique ability to cut through the psychological traps that the casinos dig for the players. When you play casino games, two contests are actually taking place. There is the game of odds and strategies and systems. That's the math game. The casinos usually have the best of that one. But there is also an interior game, the "psych" game. Karlins is the master of the psych game and it is in this game where players can determine their own fates (to a degree). I enjoyed this book very much and I highly recommend it.
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By A Customer on 14 Sep 1998
Format: Paperback
I was excited that this book would offer some real insight but was dissappointed. It seems poorly organized and offers few tidbits that may be useful beyond common sense.
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Facsinating reading -- even if you've never been to a casino 16 Sep 2001
By James L. Grubb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Even if you�ve never been in a casino, you�ll find this inside view of casino gambling fascinating. In America, casino gambling ploys are subtle and plentiful. Most people never figure out how casinos get you to part with your money and they don�t care. Author Karlins is a psychologist and a university professor whose extra curricular sport is gambling. I would describe him to be a mid-range bettor who prefers dealer games.
Karlin believes that if you understand how casinos hook you, it�s possible to know how to use them instead of being one of the sheep. Following are a few of his insights on casino gambling. So what�s different about casino atmosphere other than the heavy tobacco smoke? A lot. Casinos are carefully designed to make you lose; to entice you in and keep you there as long as possible because the longer you�re there, the more you lose. Fact: You�ve never seen a wall clock in a casino and you never will.
Then there�s the powerful currency-devaluation ploy. You spend freely at casinos because you feel your money is worth less. How? Through the use of chips and easy credit. You forget how much you put down when it�s in the form of a chip. Everybody loves a party and casino operators �manufacture� gaiety. Bells ring when there�s a winner; and there�s sympathetic solace for losers with a reminder: �Next time.� Of course there�s usually live, happy music around, not to mention attractive female employees handing out free drinks, and shills gambling freely with house money. Freebies range from T-shirts to expensive, paid junkets for high rollers.
The second half of this revealing book outlines strategies you can use to win more than you lose. Here are a few of them. If you play dealer games, get the dealer on your side because directly or indirectly they can help you win. If you understand the built-in traps casino operators present, you can avoid them. Never walk into a gambling establishment on impulse; know which games pay the most and play them. Don�t spend long lengths of time in a casino; after a couple of ours, fatigue sets in and you make more mistakes. Know in advance how mulch money you can afford to spend and leave when it�s gone. Included in the book is a handy chart on how to figure out which games pay the most in each casino. Play only those games you understand and that offer the best payoffs. Karlin labels this as �dumb, dumber and dumbest: Increasing your bets to recoup when you are losing.� Reduce your betting level if you�re losing or leave. Gambling, according to the author, is a stimulant and you can�t let it get out of hand. Casinos are designed to encourage excessive levels of stress. Your gambling performance is best when you experience *moderate* levels of arousal.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Insights from a Player/Psychologist 2 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is not a book of systems and strategies as much as it is a book of valuable insights into the psychological warfare that casinos use against the players. Dr. Karlins has a unique ability to cut through the psychological traps that the casinos dig for the players. When you play casino games, two contests are actually taking place. There is the game of odds and strategies and systems. That's the math game. The casinos usually have the best of that one. But there is also an interior game, the "psych" game. Karlins is the master of the psych game and it is in this game where players can determine their own fates (to a degree). I enjoyed this book very much and I highly recommend it.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not worth your time 14 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was excited that this book would offer some real insight but was dissappointed. It seems poorly organized and offers few tidbits that may be useful beyond common sense.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Completely void of information 14 Feb 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The only good thing about this book is the title "The book casino managers fear most". It was enough to get me to buy the book but after a very painful read you will find that you agree with the casino managers and will describe this book as "The book you fear most" No information is provided in this book that will help you to improve your chances in Vegas. Anyone who has ever been to a gaming establishment one time will already know what this author took 30 years to learn. Don't waste your valuable time or money on this book.
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