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5.0 out of 5 stars Vade mecum of card players
A lot of people think they hate cards. They haven't read this book. Written by an acknowledged expert of card games, card tricks, and detection of cheating, the book starts out with a priceless explanation of how card sharks cheat, and how to spot it. His advice is always to just get up and get out when cheating is suspected. He then explains how to play poker,...
Published on 21 Nov. 1998

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2.0 out of 5 stars there are better books on cards
"Scarne on cards" is quite o.k. if you are just entering the world of cards and gambling; but it has to be said that there are much better books on this subject. If you want to find out how to detect cheating (or, how to cheat) you may find the theory there, but it won't help you a lot when you are gambling. If you really think about buying this book, then...
Published on 7 Jan. 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars Vade mecum of card players, 21 Nov. 1998
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This review is from: Scarne on Cards (Signet) (Mass Market Paperback)
A lot of people think they hate cards. They haven't read this book. Written by an acknowledged expert of card games, card tricks, and detection of cheating, the book starts out with a priceless explanation of how card sharks cheat, and how to spot it. His advice is always to just get up and get out when cheating is suspected. He then explains how to play poker, gin, pinochle, blackjack, and many others, with great advice on how to win within the rules. There are plenty of "complete Hoyle" type books with lists of rules, but this one goes them one-up with the priceless savvy it gives you about the real world.
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2.0 out of 5 stars there are better books on cards, 7 Jan. 1999
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This review is from: Scarne on Cards (Signet) (Mass Market Paperback)
"Scarne on cards" is quite o.k. if you are just entering the world of cards and gambling; but it has to be said that there are much better books on this subject. If you want to find out how to detect cheating (or, how to cheat) you may find the theory there, but it won't help you a lot when you are gambling. If you really think about buying this book, then don't forget to skip the "mathematics of black jack" section, because it is completely wrong! During his lifetime, John Scarne was too arrogant to admit that his "black jack strategy" was wrong (same section can be found in his book "Scarne's complete guide to gambling") This book is just scratching the surface of card games and not recommendable if you really want to have deeper knowledge of cards, card games, cheating and how to detect it.
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