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  • BOB THE GAMBLER. by Barthelme, Frederick.
    Barthelme, Frederick.
    BOB THE GAMBLER.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Set in Biloxi, Mississippi, and described as "A wonderfully crackball love story in which Ray and Jewel Kaiser try out the Paradise casino and what curious things happen to them; what tricks of chance involving, among others, Jewel's fourteen-year-old daughter RV, the casino and its personnel, Ray's dead father, and a mother convinced that a sitcom star is visiting across the street from her house" this darkly funny novel has dustjacket praise from such authors as John Barth, Robert Olen Butler and more. Barthelme has also written eloquently in the New Yorker magazine about his own real problems with gambling. SIGNED on the title page. 213 pp. ISBN: 0-395-809770.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64246
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  • WITHOUT RESERVATION: The Making of America's Most Powerful Indian Tribe and Foxwoods, the World's Largest Casino. by Benedict, Jeff.
    Benedict, Jeff.
    WITHOUT RESERVATION: The Making of America's Most Powerful Indian Tribe and Foxwoods, the World's Largest Casino.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Account of how the Mashantucket Pequot tribe of Connecticut which was penniless and nearly extinct in 1973 became the richest tribe when it convinced the U.S. Congress to give tribal status to the group. Maps, bibliography. 376 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0193670.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 50717
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  • Cullum, Ridgwell [pseudonym for Sidney Groves Burghard, 1867 Ð1943].
    THE SAINT OF THE SPEEDWAY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: George H. Doran, (1924.). Hardcover first edition - Adventure novel involving a huge gold find in Australia, gold mining in Alaska and a derelict ship; The 'Speedway' in the name of a gambling palace in Beacon Glory in in Southern Alaska. 335 pp.

    Condition: Good in orange cloth with black lettering - a sturdy copy, with some soiling to the covers and the previous owner's name repeated at the head of each chapter (an interesting practice... did it mean that he had read that chapter?)

    Book ID: 35111
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  • Douglass, Jack (as told to William A. Douglass)
    TAP DANCING ON ICE: the Life and Times of a Nevada Gaming Pioneer

    Edition: First printing.

    Reno, NV: University of Nevada Oral History Program, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of the early days of Nevada gaming - the home-grown variety which sprung up in the small mining towns after gambling was legalized in 1931. Douglass, who recounted his story to his son, a professor involved in Reno's oral history program, began his career in Tonopah in the 1930's and eventually wound up as owner of the Cal-Neva, so his story spans the development from the simple slot machines (his primary business was the Nevada Novelty Company) to the growth of the large casinos. Illustrated with a frontispiece and 10 black and white photographs, notes, index. xvi, 255 pp. ISBN: 1-564753735.

    Condition: SIGNED by both authors on the half title page. Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 32813
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  • THE HEARTLAND CHRONICLES. by Foley, Douglas.
    Foley, Douglas.
    THE HEARTLAND CHRONICLES.

    Edition: First edition.

    Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, (1995). Hardcover first edition - From the foreword: This is a tale of Indians and whites living together in a small Iowa community. It is also about an anthropologist returning to his home town, and how he got inside Iowa's tiny but old Mesquaki Indian culture just at the moment that the tribe's civil rights struggle and its new casino changed all the old relationships, as these tribal people - with their noble traditions - came into modernity. A title in the Series in Contemporary Ethnography. References, index. ix, 228 pp. ISBN: 0-812233263.

    Condition: Fine in gray cloth (a new copy.) No dust jacket as issued.

    Book ID: 76765
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  • UNDER ORDERS. by Francis, Dick.
    Francis, Dick.
    UNDER ORDERS.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Michael Joseph, (2006) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Sid Halley returns in this novel on the dark underside of racing. "Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than an eyebrow." SIGNED on the title page. 348 pp. ISBN: 0-718749971.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (toning to the textblock, as is all too common with UK editions).

    Book ID: 77776
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  • MICHIGAN ROLL. by Kakonis, Tom.
    Kakonis, Tom.
    MICHIGAN ROLL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1988) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's very highly praised first novel, introducing Timothy Waverly, once a professor, now an excon and a professional gambler in Florida, who returns to his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. SIGNED on the half title page. 288 pp. ISBN: 0-312022522.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64749
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  • Kakonis, Tom.
    DOUBLE DOWN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, (1990) dj. Hardcover first edition - His third mystery set in South Florida and featuring Timothy Waverly, once a professor, now an excon and a professional poker player, who is literally playing in a game for his life. 308 pp. ISBN: 0-52593363.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (remainder line)

    Book ID: 76213
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  • THE COMPANY THAT BOUGHT THE BOARDWALK: A Reporter's Story of Resorts International Came to Atlantic City. by Mahon, Gigi.
    Mahon, Gigi.
    THE COMPANY THAT BOUGHT THE BOARDWALK: A Reporter's Story of Resorts International Came to Atlantic City.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1980) dj. Hardcover first edition - "A detailed examination of Resorts International's financial dealings and of the company's connections with Watergate and such figures as Bebe Rebozo and Robert Vesco draws on FBI Justice Department records." Review copy with author's photo laid in.Index. 262 pp. ISBN: 0-394509781.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 71618
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  • LUCK BE A LADY, DON'T DIE. by Randisi, Robert J.
    Randisi, Robert J.
    LUCK BE A LADY, DON'T DIE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2007.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The second Rat Pack Mystery with Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Sam Giancana and other mobsters on the scene in 1960's Las Vegas, where the film "Oceans 11" is about to have its premiere. Fast moving and fun. SIGNED on the title page. Author's note. 262 pp. ISBN: 9780312360436.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56397
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  • YOU'RE NOBODY TILL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU. by Randisi, Robert J.
    Randisi, Robert J.
    YOU'RE NOBODY TILL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2009.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The fourth Rat Pack Mystery with Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, and more. In this one, Eddie G.Õs services have been enlisted again, this time to help Marilyn Monroe, who thinks sheÕs being followed. SIGNED on the title page. Author's note. bibliography. 278 pp. ISBN: 978-0312376437.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56398
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  • LOADED DICE. by Swain, James.
    Swain, James.
    LOADED DICE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Ballantine, (2004) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The fourth thriller featuring Florida ex-cop Tony Valentine, set in the gambling world of Las Vegas casinos. SIGNED on the title page. 310 pp. ISBN: 0-345-463269.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 61130
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  • SUCKER BET. by Swain, James.
    Swain, James.
    SUCKER BET.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Ballantine, (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The third thriller featuring Florida ex-cop Tony Valentine, who is still nabbing crooks, but a very special breed of them - hustlers trying to rob casinos, I SIGNED on the title page. 304 pp. ISBN: 0-345-461754.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 61131
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  • SUCKER BET. by Swain, James.
    Swain, James.
    SUCKER BET.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Ballantine, (2003). First edition - The third thriller featuring Florida ex-cop Tony Valentine, who is still nabbing crooks, but a very special breed of them - hustlers trying to rob casinos. 304 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 73823
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  • THE BIG PLAYER: How a Team of Blackjack Players Made a Million Dollars. by Uston, Ken (1935-1987) with Roger Rapoport.
    Uston, Ken (1935-1987) with Roger Rapoport.
    THE BIG PLAYER: How a Team of Blackjack Players Made a Million Dollars.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1977) dj. Hardcover first edition - From 1972-1974, Uston (who was also a senior vice president of the Pacific Stock Exchange) gained widespread notoriety for perfecting techniques to do team card counting in numerous casinos worldwide, earning millions of dollars from the casinos - when the table was "hot" the Big Player - Uston - came in to bet. He was banned from casinos around the world, although he continued to gamble in disguise. He filed a lawsuit against the casinos, and successfully received a ruling from the New Jersey courts that casinos could not bar someone simply for counting cards. In response, many casinos changed their systems in response, increasing the number…

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    New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1977) dj. Hardcover first edition - From 1972-1974, Uston (who was also a senior vice president of the Pacific Stock Exchange) gained widespread notoriety for perfecting techniques to do team card counting in numerous casinos worldwide, earning millions of dollars from the casinos - when the table was "hot" the Big Player - Uston - came in to bet. He was banned from casinos around the world, although he continued to gamble in disguise. He filed a lawsuit against the casinos, and successfully received a ruling from the New Jersey courts that casinos could not bar someone simply for counting cards. In response, many casinos changed their systems in response, increasing the number of decks in games, or setting betting limits, etc. In 2005, Uston was the subject of the History Channel documentary, "The Black Jack Man". Glossary. 217 pp. ISBN: 0-030169216.

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    Condition: Very good in a good only dust jacket (toning to pages, edgewear and short tears to dj, sunning to spine).

    Book ID: 76612
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  • 17 AND BLACK. by Waer, Jack.
    Waer, Jack.
    17 AND BLACK.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1954) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book, a hard-boiled novel about the manager of a Mexico City gambling casino - Waer's own occupation in Las Vegas: "Jim Foster, manager of gambling casinos and an honest man in a dubious profession, transfers his curious talents to Mexico City . . . The irregularities happen to include two murders, an international crime ring, various beautiful women, none of whom could ever be accused of innocence, a bewitched roulette wheel, and any number of operatives from the police and underworld." While all 3 of Waer's novels were set in the world of gambling, this was the only one to be published in hardcover. 241 pp. Dust jacket design by Bill English.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (a lovely copy - the rather striking green and red dust jacket has a short closed tear at the bottom edge with associated creasing but is now in a protective cover and is quite attractive.)

    Book ID: 57376
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  • Zauner, Phyllis.
    RENO-SPARKS NEVADA.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover.

    Tahoe Paradise, CA: Zanel Publications, 1984. First edition - Large format (approx 11 x 8 1/2 inches) in stapled wrappers, illustrated with many vintage photographs. Includes stories of the 1900 bicycle champions, the Reno Wheelmen, the rise of the gambling empire, the Central Pacific Railroad line, the women who came there for a quick and easy divorce (including Mary Pickford) and much more. One of theharder to find titles in the mini-history series. 64 pages. ISBN: 0-936914-017.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 24979
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