Issue 75
February 12 - 18, 2002
Volume 2
page 3

What To Do Until Baseball Starts?
By Howard Schwartz

With just a small cluster of playoff games left before the NFL season wraps up with the Super Bowl, a number of dyed-in-the-wool sports bettors may have tough going with what's left before baseball begins in April. What IS left is basketball and hockey where some wise guys are profiting from the fact that few people really know how to handicap the sports. Let me warn you then - if you're a novice, you will need some help before you make your first wager.

Here are three books-two on baskets, one on hockey--to help you prepare for the battle against the bet-takers:

BETTING TO WIN ON HOOPS: A TEXTBOOK FOR THE BASKETBALL BETTOR by Robert Ross (2l6 pages, 8x11 paperbound, $29.95). Published in 2001, Ross' work covers both pro and college basketball, though he includes a lot more coverage of the NBA. If you're unfamiliar with the art of shopping for numbers and searching for value; whether to bet early or late; betting totals; bankroll control (money management); keeping accurate records; adjusting for tournament play, you'll be enlightened with the help of this book. Ross, a Las Vegas writer-handicapper, has covered a great amount of territory, answering questions anticipated from beginners and the somewhat experienced player. He offers examples of games and situations that smart trend seekers or technical handicappers should be alert for.

THE ODDS; ONE SEASON, THREE GAMBLERS AND THE DEATH OF THEIR LAS VEGAS by Chad Millman (260 pages, $26). Published in 2001, this hardbound book traces the everyday battles of three savvy basketball bettors during the 1999-2000 season, as they bet basketball, day by day, week by week, and what the face in regard to limits; the psychology of sports wagering. Along the way, they bump into the sometimes colorful characters who comprise the never-boring, always interesting world of gambling in Nevada and offshore. A sort of "Diary of a Fanatical Hoops Bettor," this book offers a look at what goes on in the mind of the sports book operator; how power ratings affect decisions; what some real bad beats are and the what the worries about legal vs. illegal wagering encompass.

BETTING TO WIN ON HOCKEY; A TEXTBOOK FOR THE HOCKEY BETTOR by Robert Ross (226 pages, 8x11 plastic spiralbound, $29.95). The only in-depth book on betting this sport, this one explains how to make your own line; how to keep accurate records and notes; the proper way to evaluate statistics in box scores; how to factor in injuries; scheduling and its

importance; looking at revenge situations; the importance of money management; examining streaks; power ratings and their adjustment; samples games and what they'll tell you; betting totals.

Any book mentioned here is available from Gambler's Book Shop (also known as Gambler's Book Club); 630 South 11th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101. Use MasterCard, VISA or Discover and call 1-800-522-1777 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Saturday. Ask for a free catalog and it will be shipped the next working day, as are all orders. The store's web site is, where the catalog may be viewed and orders placed. Located two miles from Downtown Las Vegas and about the same distance from where The Strip begins, the store is located a block west of Maryland Parkway, just off Charleston Boulevard.

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February 15-19, 2002
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February 12-13, 2002
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February 8-10, 2002

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