52 Ways to Cheat at Poker: How to Spot Them, Foil Them, and Defend Yourself Against Them

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It's no news that cheating pervades American culture. Americans cheat on taxes, tests, sports and spouses. But the largest arena for cheating may be at the poker table.  With an estimated 60-80 million Americans playing poker every week, you can be sure that not everyone is playing by the rules.
In this fascinating look at the card sharper's art--from itsorigins in 16th century Europe to the cutting-edge methods of today--deception expertAllan Kronzek reveals 52 of the most diabolical scams ever invented.  Topics include codes and signaling systems, falseshuffles, false cuts and false deals, deck switches, peeking and flashing, hiddencameras and signaling devices, location play, culling and stacking,the cooler, marked cards, the peekstore, and much more.
 
Each chapter focuses on a single cheating concept and provides expert advice on how to spot and foil the scam. You'll learn the secrets of shade, flash, and juice--the subtlest marking systems; why cutting the deck doesn't guarantee an honest deal, how a dealer can stack the flop in Texas Hold 'em, why casino card rooms are not 100% safe, and how cheating crews crush the opposition without marked cards or sleight of hand.

Thoroughly illustrated and researched, and enlivened with historical sidebars, 52 Ways to Cheat at Poker is essential reading for anyone who plays cards for money.

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Allan Kronzek is a magician, writer, and educator. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Sorcerer’s Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter (Broadway Books, cowritten with his daughter Elizabeth), and the acclaimed A Book of Magic for Young Magicians – The Secrets of Alkazar. He performs and lectures on the history of conjuring at schools, colleges, libraries and museums. He was a student of the crooked gambling expert Frank Garcia.

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"Often entertaining...and rarely dull--this little book could actually change your life." --Kostya Kennedy, Sports Illustrated

 "This book has class, depth and covers a mountain of territory....For the price and the depth of material offered, this could be one of the best books of the century on the subject." --Howard Schwartz, Gamblers Book Shop

 "Provides unique insight into the art of the cheat. In a game where the accumulation of knowledge is paramount, it doesn't make sense to miss out on this one." --Chuck Blount, syndicated poker columnist

"Kronzek's delightful compendium is a fun and witty guide to the nefarious methods card thieves use to, as they put it, "get the money" - your money. He helps arm you with the knowledge you'll need to protect yourself and he presents it with all the verve and snap of a crisply dealt card." --Karl Johnson, author of The Magician and the Cardsharp

 "A remarkably fresh turn on a very old subject.... Without doubt, the first book I would buy a friend who asks, 'I'm in a weekly poker game. Do you think anyone would try to cheat me?'" --Jamy Ian Swiss, Genii Magazine "The book is a pleasure to read and study." --Martin Gardner, MUM --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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