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Having received unsurpassed acclaim among the Spading community since its publication, the first edition of How NOT to Lose at Spades was the highest rated Spades book and a bestseller here at Amazon.
This edition is even better, with expanded coverage of key topics, and lots of new material.
Written by one of the most highly regarded Spades players on the Internet, How NOT to Lose at Spades identifies 80 common mistakes that players make which cause them to lose games that they could have won. Through the use of over 100 bidding and playing examples, the author shows readers how to avoid these mistakes, and in a very structured approach teaches readers how to think and play like a winning Spades player.
The majority of readers see an immediate improvement in their game, and many readers order additional books for their regular playing partner(s) or friends.
"How NOT to" is highly unique compared to other books on card theory. It is written in a simple and fun style, with the emphasis on humor and enjoyment of the game, rather than on complex diagrams, statistical theory, and technicalese.
Through this unique approach, the author teaches readers how to "think" when they play, as much as how to play, and it is this approach which is the key behind the book's popularity and success, and which has generated a loyalty among its readers which is rare indeed.
Once you have read the book, you will probably think of the game very differently than you ever have before, and you just may wind up being rewarded in Spades.
Readers have achieved the following results using the teachings in the book: ZSTOC (Zone TOC): WIN, ATLANTA, 2001 LIVE TOURNEY: WIN, LAS VEGAS, 2001 LIVE TOURNEY "Main Event Cash Prize": WIN, ZONE CLUB CHALLENGE: 2ND and 3RD out of 114 teams, ZONE CLUB HONORS: (11 game tourney among the Zone's very best) WIN and 3RD Place, Igames TOC: WIN, ZONE CLUB CHALLENGE: WIN and 2ND Place out of 125 teams, 2003 ZONE Sweethearts Tournament: WIN and $1,000 Cash Prize!
Do you know... the single most important consideration when playing Spades? the biggest mistake made in Spades? Hamlet's secret to successful bidding? the most powerful convention in the game of Spades? the 2 biggest mistakes players make bidding Nil? how to bid an Autowin? how to make a Faux Throw when playing a Nil hand? the Rule Of Four? how to bid the Prevent Defense? how to use the Potato Chip Attack? how to insure your pard's Nil with the Dormy Dare? when to go Undercover In A Miniskirt? when to use the Cover Charge, and when More is Less?
If you don't want to lose at Spades, you need to know the answers to these questions, as well as how to use the other 100-plus strategy and execution approaches described in this 220-page book.
Special note: The book is 8.5 by 11 inch format, with 14 point normal font.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Not only did I write How NOT to Lose at Spades, but I am the publisher as well. I wouldn't want you to have the false impression that Karosa Publishing is some large publishing house. It is a business that I started solely for the production and distribution of the book.
Although the book is self-published, it is a quality product. Not only is it produced in large format, it is printed on heavier than normal paper. I wanted to be sure that readers could write in and highlight in the book without damaging it, and that it would stand up to heavy use. Producing a book this way isn't inexpensive... it costs more to produce, store, and ship a book that weighs one and a half pounds. I didn't produce the book the way that I thought it would make the most money, I produced it the way that I thought it would make the most book.
This 2nd edition could easily demand a substantially higher price than sold for here at Amazon, but I wanted to keep the book as affordable as possible.
The book was professionally edited by an individual who is a professor of English, as well as the President/Editor at Brandylane Publishing in Richmond, Virginia.
I would be happy to do my best to answer any questions that you might have if you email me using the link under my "used and new" listing in The Marketplace.From the Author:
I wrote this book in order to share what I have learned about how to win at Spades with those players who want to be the very best players that they can be.
Even though I guarantee that you have never seen another instructional book with the type of format and fun approach that I have used to help in the teaching process, this is a serious book. It is designed to help you think about Spades in a way that is probably very different from the way that you think about and approach the game now.
This book is not a one night read. It is the culmination of 5 years of working and reworking material, and I expect that it will take you a period of time to absorb all that is in the book and learn to put it to use to your best advantage. That being said, you (and your opponents) should notice an improvement in your game by the time that you have gotten to page 50.
I play Spades for fun. I wrote this book to try to leave the game a little bit better than how I found it, and to help as many people as I can have the most fun possible that they can playing this game that I love. I consider selling books to be an absolute privilege, and try to treat every reader as if he or she is the last one that I will ever have.
Considering the number of hours that you probably spend playing Spades, your investment in How NOT to Lose at Spades should be returned many times over. I sincerely believe that this book will help you play better Spades for the rest of your life
Good luck, and Happy Spading!
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