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THE UNEXPECTED GAMBLER

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10006
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9780692098585
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Subtitled " A History of Casinos Cheating the Public and One Gambler's Revenge" A true account exposing crooked casinos and poker games and the people who retaliated against them called "Crossroaders." It reveals the methods both sides used as seen through the eyes of the author who participated in these events. They led to adventures throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and on cruise ships, where there's intrigue, danger, and celebrity. The author's raw youth and his willingness to take risks against mob-run casinos attracted older crosssroaders who shared their lifetime of secrets with him. He formed a living foundation on which he created his own style. He switched-in doctored dice on most casino dice crews and beat 21 games without inside help. He invented a magical million-dollar blackjack move that no one knew existed, including surveillance personnel. It secured for him and his partners a prosperous, exciting career over a seventeen year period. When the casinos eventually discovered his move and realized they couldn’t stop it, they changed the rules by dealing the cards face up from a dealing shoe. However, some crossroaders are using his move today in private games, and casino games where the players can pick up their cards like Three-card Poker, Let It Ride, Pai Gow, etc., and in Holdem and Omaha games and the few face-down 21 pitch games that some casinos offer. The author covers casino and poker culture, characters he worked with, and numerous entertaining anecdotes. He was featured on Fox Network's America's Most Wanted for failing to appear in Federal Court for a mob-related casino scheme he was alleged to have masterminded. The show's host John Walsh said, "Look for him in casinos and on cruise ships," while all the while he worked under their noses for four years until he was offered a deal he couldn't refuse and surrendered to the U.S. Marshals Service. Glossary 267 Pgs. 2018

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