Zen and Casino Gambling

 I can't recommend this book more highly. Not only is it well-written, but it is truly a pleasure to read, and it's one of my favorite how-to books

I can’t recommend this book more highly. Not only is it well-written, but it is truly a pleasure to read, and it’s one of my favorite how-to books

One of my favorite books I read cover to cover was”Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” Years later, “Zen and the Art of Casino Gambling” by Miron Stabinsky & Jeremy Silman was one of the first gambling books I read cover to cover.  It was different than the usual “how to” gambling book, it was informative and amusing.  It was meant to “provide valuable insight into the vital but little understood aspect of maintaining the proper psychological and emotional balance needed ” to be more successful, or at least happier in the process. Check out the coonection of Zen and Casino Gambling.

Important Topics

Topics included in the book are:

  • Basic Rules & Strategies for Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Slots, & Video Poker
  • Psychology of the Successful Player
  • Realizing what you Control
  • Money Management
  • Determining you credit/budget line

But the best parts are interesting and entertaining quotes and anecdotes. Today’s post gives you a few – some of my favorite quotes.  I hope your enjoy.

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Concerning Money Management, “He who remains in his center endures.”  In others words, stop when your session is done and either you’ve won enough, or you have lost your daily bankroll.

Concerning Player Psychology, Oscar Wilde once said “I can resist everything except temptation.”

Can resist the temptation?

Can you resist the temptation?

Concerning Player Psychology, “Disgrace is a fantasy that should be embraced. Misfortune is part of the human condition.” In others words, “Don’t let your ego make you play beyond your means.  When you resume play another visit you will realize how unimportant your previous anger in losing really was.

I like this one – “An optimist is a man who has never had much experience.”  In other words, If you have advice to give, do so only if asked. Besides,  you most likely need more practice and more experience anyway.  Then and only then will you realize offering without being asked is just a bad idea.

Final Thought

“I do not emulate the sages; I do not take pride in my own spirit.” – Ancient Zen Koan.  Gambler’s translation – Anyone can learn the basics of gaming strategy. Being egotistical about something you have no control over is the height of foolishness.

Don’t be foolish.  Make this book a staple in your gambling library.

Related Post – Gambling Books – Must Read Recommendations

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Gambling Books – Must Read Recommendations

Nine years ago I made a list of Great Gambling Books. It was a short list of books I  enjoyed and have in my personal gambling library. Since then, good gambling resources are everywhere. On-line, audio-books, and yes, the old paper books are available to give your gambling experience a boost. Here is a keeper – Gambling Books – Must Read Recommendations

Atlantic City Communities and the Author of this list

While we don’t tend to cover news in Atlantic City, NETimeGambling.com does like to visit.  All three of us, Bin, Bert & Miguel love Borgata and the “Fly Borgata Experience.”  I fondly remember  the old days in Atlantic City – The Sands, The Claridge, and the AC Hilton.  Fun times at Bally’s Wild Wild West, and even up to the opening of Revel.

Times have changed radically from the years of being the East Coast answer to Las Vegas. To keep up with the latest news in AC, I also follow a website/podcast called “Due For A Win.”    I strongly recommend its Facebook Community and one other AC Facebook community,  Everything Atlantic City.  A well known East Coast gambling expert posted the following recommended list.  With his permission (he only wants to be known as @Scan720), here they are.

CRAPS

  • THE BASICS OF WINNING CRAPS by J. Edward Allen – This is a short no nonsense, no filler, book that teaches you what you need to Know to play the game
  • FOREVER CRAPS or CASINO CRAPS SHOOT TO WIN by Frank Scoblete
    Mr. Scoblete has numerous gambling books especially craps related. These two give you a nice overview of the game

BLACKJACK

  • BLACKJACK TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN BY Henry Tamburin
  • THE BIG BOOK OF BLACKJACK by Arnold Snyder
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CARD COUNTING (BJ)

  • BLACKJACK BLUEBOOK II by Fred Renzey Proven method to beat the game in an easy to understand format.
  • GOLDEN TOUCH BLACKJACK REVOLUTION by Frank Scoblete.  A radically different method to counting that can be learned in a day.

ROULETTE

  • JOHN PATRICK’S ROULETTE: A Pro’s GUIDE TO MANAGING YOUR MONEY AND BEATING THE WHEEL.
    The wheel cannot be beat, but Mr. Patrick’s “Big Four and Little three” are valuable in any casino game.

COMPS

  • WHALE HUNT IN THE DESERT: SECRETS OF A LAS VEGAS SUPER HOST by Steve Cyr
    A reminder that your host is NOT your friend. (Get the newer edition.)
  • COMP CITY by May Rubin Somewhat dated by interesting stories/info
  • HOW TO BE TREATED LIKE A HIGH ROLLER ..EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE NOT by Robert Renneisen
    Somewhat dated by interesting stories/info written by a former AC casino manager

GENERAL GAMBLING BOOKS

  • CASINO GAMBLING FOR DUMMIES by Kevin Blackwood
  • GAMBLING101 by Michael Shackelford

NOVELS

  • THE BOARD WALKERS by Fredrick Schofield. An Atlantic City Based Novel
  • MEGA CASINO THE 13th CASINO by Fredrick Schofield Atlantic City Based. Some characters form the authors previous book reemerge.
  • GOD DOSENT SHOOT CRAPS – A DIVINE COMEDY by Richard Armstrong
  • DICE ANGEL by Brian Rouff
  • FOOLS DIE by Mario Puzo

NON FICTION

  • 24/7: LIVING IT UP AND DOUBLING DOWN IN LAS VEGAS by Andres Martinez
    The author used his book advance on a Las Vegas Gambling spree
  • SUPER CASINO:INSIDE THE “NEW” LAS VEGAS by Pete Earley
    Published in 2001, details the changes form early Las Vegas to the 2000

What are your suggestions?  Let us know.

Gambling destinations?  Travel suggestions?  Video Poker and Poker?  Baccarat?  What would your list look like. What are your suggestions?  Let us know. Send it to us and we’ll publish it for you!

Don’t forget to check out “Due for a Win.”

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Casino City – A Wealth Of Casino Information

There is so much casino info on the internet to sort through. Today’s post reviews a website that I found 7 years ago when NETG first started. Today we review Casino City – A Wealth Of Casino Information.

Casino City has four main categories.

1) Casino & Gaming Directory is a global directory of over 6,500 casinos and other gaming properties. News on all the major casino meccas is featured. Las Vegas, Macau, Reno, Biloxi, Atlantic City, and of course New England. In addition to national coverage, the directory is global with the likes of Canada, Asia, and Europe.

2) Gaming Business Center – caters to those who work in the industry or who are interested in the casino business. The Casino City Press has gaming directories and almanacs. Explore gaming properties and their executives with the Gaming Directory Online service. It’s a ” Who’s Who” directory of gaming executives. It even includes over 14,137 Casino Vendors.

3) Internet Gaming Directory covers online gambling sites, ranked by popularity, as well as a directory of 5,180 online slots and our poker dictionary.

BUT MY FAVORITE PART, AND MOST INFORMATIONAL….

CasinoCity Times

4) CASINO CITY TIMES  gives you the hottest tips and best playing strategies for your favorite games. Thousands of articles from over 50 top gambling authors and experts are all new need for the best gambling advice. There is a great weekly e-newsletter you can sign up for. And it also includes a section they call “Gaming Gurus.” An all-star cast of gambling experts have numerous excellent articles covering everything any one would wonder about. Just think getting your questions answered by the likes of Frank Scoblete, John Gronchowski, John Robinson, Jerry Stickman & Henry Tamburin.

Related PostSlot Machines, VLT’s What’s the Difference? – John Grochowski Of Casino City Explains

John Grochowski - the Casino Answer Man

John Grochowski – the Casino Answer Man from Casino City Times

So, take a few minutes and check it out. The info at Casino City Times is a gaming info delight.

That’s all for now! Casino City is a Royal blast!

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