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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books; Reprint edition (9 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345475518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345475510
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.5 cm
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About the Author

James Swain, the bestselling author of Grift Sense, Funny Money, Sucker Bet, Loaded Dice, Mr. Lucky, and Deadman's Poker, is also an authority on crooked gambling and casino scams. He is the winner of the prestigious Prix Calibre 38. He lives in Odessa, Florida, with his wife, Laura, and is currently at work on his next Tony Valentine novel. Visit the author's website at www.jimswain.com.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had to buy this book as the sequel to Deadman's Poker, not realising they came as a pair & it left the story up in the air!

This book, & it's storyline was so good I read it in less than 24 hours. The ageing gambler Rufus Steele's character is just a hoot..I love the Tony Valentine books but I think this was my favourite!

I have one problem now..I seem to be able to read the books quicker than James Swain can write them HA!
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you didn't see this sequel coming, Rufus wants you 27 May 2007
By Charles J. Marr - Published on Amazon.com
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Maybe it is a lack of focus. Deadman's Poker left us all awaiting the revelation. You could pretty much guess what it would be : although, the specific element and technology awaited revelation. This novel takes up where Poker left off: the multi-million dollar poker tournament in Las Vegas. Same characters, same con, a few more twists. Strangly enough, in this sequel it is son Gerry who solves this question and his actions in Atlantic City are more in line with those of his father in the previous "Grift" novels. The reasoning concerning hats and tailoring is a fine piece of logic. (By the way, the wearing of ball caps vs the original dress code in Atlantic City casinos is cleverly introduced in Tony's lifetime wardrobe of black jackets.) Meanwhile Tony is in Vegas at a poker tournament attempting to solve card cheating while accompanied by poker player and aging con-man Rufus Steele. Rufus reminds me of my father once telling me that if someone bets he can make a barstool stand on a bar and sing Dixie, "Don't take that bet!" And this is the problem, a good part of this novel is dedicated to Rufus making bets which he wins by strict construction of the language and the comic nature thereof. The half-million dollar bets stretch the belief in anyone taking such "sure thing" wagers. Meanwhile, Swain dedicates print space to explaining scamsters' cant: "Brush off," "mucker," "Who shot Joe," etc. When he does get back to Tony solving the main puzzle it all seems a bit anti-climactic. All in all I think these two poker tournament novels are the weaker works in the set, but after all there's the TV phenomenon, and I guess some fans of Texas Hold em enjoy the background.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second part of two-parter 1 Feb. 2008
By lb136 - Published on Amazon.com
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Another in the author's series of novels featuring Tony Valentine, who consults with casinos and law-enforcement about gambling scams and scammers.

In this tale, the second of two parts ("Deadman's Poker" being the first), Valentine remains in Las Vegas to discover how a blind poker player is scamming a poker tournament, which is being televised nationally by an ESPN-like cable sports network. Meanwhile his son Gerry goes to Atlantic City, where the scam originated, to find out what he can learn there.

Two of the characters from "Poker" reappear--Gloria, a female reporter for the network, who Valentine develops a relationship with, and a 72-year-old grifter named Rufus, who among other "wagers" bets that he can win a pingpong match against a champion.

There's a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, and the side-stories about other scams are as always a treat. I didn't mind at all that it took the author 700 pages, total, to finish the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy swain's books even though I do not gamble & ... 1 Mar. 2016
By Ed Deisley - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoy swain's books even though I do not gamble & do not visit casinos; he is a good story teller & has some great characters in his books; I have one more I have downloaded & have not read yet; recommended to others who thought well of his book as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Continues......and It is Terrific!! 13 July 2006
By John R. Linnell - Published on Amazon.com
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Deadman's Bluff closes the story begun in Deadman's Poker about the World Poker Showdown at least insofar as how the tournament turns out and how the fates of many...but not all...of the characters created therein are decided. You really do need to read the first book before wading into this one.

Gloria Curtis seems destined to appear for at least a while in any future book as she and Tony Valentine have personal issues to work out which will probably be very entertaining. One hopes that Rufus Steele will show up again if for no other reason than to show those of us who have had a sheltered upbringing how an aging gambler that smokes like a stove can beat a Kentucky Derby type race horse in a one hundred yard dash; how one can hyponotize a fly to land on one of many sugar cubes, etc., etc., with the result always being that Rufus announces..."I win."

Gerry Valentine's reformation from being a bookie who constantly disappointed his father to a valued partner in the enterprise, Grift Sense will continue. Mabel will continue to answer the phones and keep Tony's life in some kind of order and the scammers and grifters out there will continue to supply business for Tony to solve and James Swain to tell us about.

All of Swain's books are funny, well written, educational and above all, highly entertaining. You will enjoy the experience.
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadman's bluff a novel (tony valentine series book 7 4 July 2015
By delores sublett - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked the different ways of cheating..I would recommend this to anyone who loves reading a good novel..gave it 5 stars because. It held my interest..
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