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Old 12-19-2006, 05:29 PM
TexML TexML is offline
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Default Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

Has anyone read this yet? I saw it at Barnes and Nobles and almost picked it up. As a history teacher who loves to gamble, I could see this being a very enjoyable book. Anyone have a review?
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Old 12-19-2006, 07:02 PM
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Default Re: Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

Some one has to be first. With this book I think it may have to be you.
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:08 PM
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Default Re: Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

I saw this the other day, too...looks like a great book - but I don't want to judge it based on just a cover.

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Would like to hear a review it - especially coming from a history teacher.
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:07 AM
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Default Re: Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

I paged through it at B&N. It seems readable, if you're into cavement throwing bones, Pilgims having a lottery to fund their New World Adventure and yet more Bugsy Siegel Flamingo stories, etc.

Could be a good book to read when you are waiting for an airplane or stuck in traffic. Could also use it to fend off kidnappers, as it is as big as a phone book.
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:42 PM
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I think I'll take a look at it and report back to y'all. I have some other books to finish up first, so it may be a few weeks.
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:42 PM
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Default Re: Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

Bought it but haven't started yet - will post a review when I finish (should be a bit lol).

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Old 12-22-2006, 03:14 AM
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I'll let you know, I got it yesterday.
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Old 08-03-2007, 01:18 PM
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Default Re: Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

I just finished this book.

It is very readable but I have a problem with it. When I spot a half dozen mistakes I have to question the accuracy of everything the author says.

A couple from towards the end:
P 405: The author states that in blackjack the dealer is forced to draw to 17. The dealer is forced to draw to 16 and in most casinos a soft 17.

p 414: The Binion's Horseshoe display did not have one million dollars in $100 bills. They were $10,000 notes.

There were other problems I spotted with names and dates.

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