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The quotable gambler
Lyons, Paul, 1958-
Publication Information:
New York : Lyons Press, [1999]

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326 pages ; 19 cm
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PN6084.G32 Q68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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From Casablanca to The Hustler, from Moby Dick to How I Made $1,000,000 Playing Poker, these widely varied comments address the entire range of human emotion -- the highs of excitement of the "juice" down to the depths of despair of losing. Covered here are gaming's universality and history, superstition and luck, players and places, and also every game, from the lowliest back-alley crap shoot to the highest-stakes poker contest and everything in between.

Author Notes

Paul Lyons was raised in New York City, and received his early gambling training at Guys and Dolls Billiards. He received a Ph.D. in American literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and now teaches English at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

Table of Contents

1 For Openersp. 1
2 The Gifts of Gamblep. 25
3 "It's Bad Luck to Be Superstitious"p. 49
4 Luckp. 69
5 The Juicep. 91
6 Winningp. 107
7 Losingp. 123
8 Two Cents' Worth: From Mavens, Maestros, Metaphysicians, Moralists, and Othersp. 147
9 Games People Playp. 173
Pool and Billiardsp. 177
Poker and Cardsp. 186
Dice and Backgammonp. 193
Horsesp. 199
10 The Company We Keep: A Gallery of Hustlers, Kibbitzers, High Rollers, Handicappers, Suckers, and Other Citizens of the Republic of Chancep. 209
11 The Capital of Chance and Other Shrinesp. 241
12 All In: Big, Bad, and Beautiful Betsp. 259
13 Lucky Thirteen: Gambling as a Model and Metaphorp. 285
Best Bets: A Few of My Favorite Writings about Gamblingp. 303
Index of Authors and Works Citedp. 317