Optimism, innovation, and the spirit of creativity fill these pages, lavishly illustrated with the award-winning art of Magic: The Gathering(TM) Welcome to Kaladesh--a vibrant, beautiful plane where anything is possible. Join the heroic Planeswalkers of the Gatewatch as they explore the Inventors' Fair, and let your imagination soar alongside thopters and airships crafted by the best artificers in the Multiverse.Come discover the marvels of Kaladesh--its inhabitants, its inventors, and its artifacts. They all await you at the grand Inventors' Fair
We all know the heroes of the recording industry: Sir George Martin, Al Schmitt, Nigel Godrich, Rick Rubin - people who seem larger than life. In our book, Recording Unhinged: Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques, we imagined some big-name producers as gods from mythology. We envisioned famous recording engineers doing other types of engineering, and mixers as people who mix all kinds of things besides music. Okay, maybe we aren't taking ourselves all that seriously, and why should we, or you? This is a coloring book We want nothing more than to give you the opportunity to draw all over your favorite audio icons. Enjoy these illustrations from Recording Unhinged: Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques, and be sure to color outside the lines in your own recording projects, just as these great people have done. And it doesn't end here. So raise a colored pencil to future editions of Illustrations Unhinged. Many other great industry icons - past, present, and future - are slated to become immortalized in Sylvia's portraits. Stay tuned
Bad Beats and Lucky Draws is your down-and-dirty guide to the world of high-stakes professional poker. Phil Hellmuth, nine-time World Series of Poker Champion and author of Play Poker Like the Pros, presents a blow-by-blow account of many of poker's clash of the titans hands from the World Series of Poker, the World Poker Tour, and the European Tour. Phil provides insights into what the players were thinking and includes his own take on what they (and in many cases what he) should have done differently. Highly entertaining and instructive, Bad Beats and Lucky Draws gives you a seat at the table with the best bluffs, reads, and over-the-top plays such as the hand that won Phil his record-tying ninth bracelet at the 2003 World Series to the heartbreaking play that knocked him out of the Big One.
Bad Beats and Lucky Draws also includes special contributions by
- Doyle Brunson
- Johnny Chan
- Annie Duke
- Howard Lederer
- Daniel Negreanu
- Ted Forrest
- Jennifer Harman
- Layne Flack
- Men Nguyen
- John Bonetti
Over 1,000,000 Copies in Print Edward O. Thorp is the father of card counting, and in this classic guide he shares the revolutionary point system that has been successfully used by professional and amateur card players for generations. This book provides: o an overview of the basic rules of the game
o proven winning strategies ranging from simple to advanced
o methods to overcome casino counter measures
o ways to spot cheating
o charts and tables that clearly illustrate key concepts A fascinating read and an indispensable resource for winning big, Beat the Dealer is the bible for players of this game of chance. **Bring these strategies into the casino: Perforated cards included in the book**
The world's greatest blackjack player, the legendary Arnold Snyder, updates a blackjack masterpiece, showing beginning and advanced players everything they need to know--and more--about the game of blackjack.Arnold Snyder's masterpiece is the most comprehensive and important book on casino blackjack ever published Even the most knowledgeable student of the game is guaranteed to find a treasure of new discoveries and inside information on how to take the house's money off the tables at the casinos' most popular table game. Snyder reveals hundreds of the game's insider secrets, many of which have never before been published. Players not only learn how to play and win at every traditional variation of casino blackjack--regardless of the rules and number of decks in play--but also the best systems for attacking the unusual and popularized variations of Super Fun 21, Double Exposure, Spanish 21, and Blackjack Switch. Players also learn how to beat popular side bets such as Over/Under 13, Royal Match, Lucky Ladies, and Super Sevens. Everything players ever wanted to know about blackjack is in this book, including the first encyclopedic history of the game with never-before-told stories of the game's most famous, and most infamous, characters. No other author could have written this book, because no other author has Arnold Snyder's vast knowledge and experience. This is the first book that tells the whole story--the good, the bad, the amazing, and everything in between.
There is only one casino game in which a player, if he plays perfectly, can gain a mathematical advantage over the house. That game is blackjack. Blackjack Strategy teaches you everything you need to know to fatten your wallet and have a good time at the tables. At last, here is an easy-to-understand guide to blackjack's basic strategy and card counting. Michael Benson explains when to take a hit, when to stand, when to split, and when to double-down-and how all these decisions are influenced by the card count. Included are: a comprehensive list of blackjack rules, including those particular to specific casinos, regions, and foreign countries; how to avoid the surveillance techniques houses use to weed out card counters; inside tips from the professionals; a money management guide to maximize winnings and minimize losses; and 40 strategy charts. Blackjack Strategy is entirely up-to-date for today's casino play and, unlike many other blackjack guides, doesn't require a mathematician's skill to comprehend.
There are many authoritative books on card games and chess, but only a handful on the dozens of other games known to mankind. This excellent handbook by R. C. Bell is a basic reference to board and table games from around the world, and one of the two or three finest books ever written on the subject. Originally published in two volumes in the 1960's, it is now available for the first time in a corrected, one-volume edition.
Mr. Bell's encyclopedic work provides the rules and methods of play for 182 different games: Ma-jong, Hazard, Wei-ch'I (Go), backgammon, Wari, Continental draughts, Pachisi, Japanese chess, Bidou, Domino Loo, Cribbage, and many others. Volume one is divided into chapters devoted to race games, war games, games of position, Mancala games, dice games, and domino games; volume two follows the same arrangement and then proceeds to games with numbers, card games requiring boards, and games requiring manual dexterity. Additional information is furnished on making boards and pieces, and on gaming-counters.
Game players, toymakers, and historians of culture will welcome this guided tour of games from Egypt, Meso-America, the Orient, India, Persia, Rome, Africa, Victorian England, and many other societies. Over 300 illustrations, both photographs and line drawings, add an illuminating counterpoint to the text.
Defence is the hardest part of playing bridge, but that doesn't mean that it's impossible to learn. The authors explain how to make a plan as a defender: how to work out from the auction and play what declarer probably has, and which of the strategies available to defenders is likely to be successful.
This profusely illustrated book demonstrates step by step the astonishing card magic cultivated by one of the premier sleight-of-hand artists of the 20th century. It presents maneuvers that have left theater audiences amazed and that card-playing professionals have used to great advantage. It is not a book for beginners, but will help those with basic card expertise reach new levels of performance in their art.
Among the moves are shifts, palms, glides, false shuffles, cuts, fans, and steals. You'll learn how to do the false table riffle shuffle, how to deal from the bottom, how to know an opponent's hole card, how to warm up a cold deck, and much more. In addition, the author presents forty dazzling deceptions guaranteed to amaze your audience: Confusion, Birds of a Feather, The Ambitious Card, A Brilliant Climax, Your Favorite Ace, A Quickie, The Obtrusive Queens, and many more. Over 300 photographs show the practitioner's exact hand positions during each critical move.
Australian-born Arthur H. Buckley became well known in America for the magic he worked with cards on the major vaudeville circuits of the 1920s. Schooled by the great sleight-of-hand artists he met in the entertainment business and by professional gamblers he met in his early years touring Australia, his absolute mastery of the most artful and demanding card-handling routines was legendary. In 1946, he wrote this practical guide revealing in detail the secrets of his art. Any magician or card conjurer who aspires to the utmost proficiency in card manipulation will want to have this indispensable reference in his or her library.