Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When
You Don't Have All the Facts by Annie Duke
Annie Duke is a World Series of Poker bracelet winner,
the winner of the 2004 Tournament of Champions and the only woman to win the
NBC National Poker Heads Up Championship. Now, as a professional speaker and
decision strategist, she merges her poker expertise with her cognitive
psychology graduate work at UPenn. She is a founder of How I Decide, a
non-profit that creates curricula and tools to improve decision making and
critical thinking skills for under-served middle schoolers.
Bets offers a compelling, and eminently useful, new way to think about life's
decisions. Annie Duke has written an important, and often hilarious, book that
will help you understand your own shortcomings--and make smarter choices as a
result. You can bet on it.
A book both entertaining and practical, based
as it is on lessons learned from thousands of hours of decision making under
pressure, as Annie Duke played high-stakes poker. At heart, it's about how we
distinguish skill from luck in decisions, how we can improve the skill part of
the balance,while understanding that luck will always play a part.
Hardcover - 288 pages (6 Feb. 2018)
Finding an Edge: Horse Racing Systems, Sports
Betting, Betfair Tips by Ron Loftus
Take your betting to a more sophisticated level * A credible book of
substance, containing invaluable information that is more relevant in today's
betting world than any other book * Written by a full time Professional who has
been a successful backer with the bookmakers for the last two decades and has
proven to be just as successful on the betting exchanges since there inception,
so this book is the real deal and should be taken seriously as it could turn
out to be the best wager that you will ever make!
"The surprising thing
about this book is that it does show you how to win, and what is even more
surprising is that it is perfectly plausible." - A.N.
Convert Win odds into True Win prices. Convert
Win odds into True Place prices. Identify profitable Each Way Bets.
On-Course Strategies (Track Betting) Professional Staking &
Betting Bank. Beating the Betting Exchange Starting Price.
Backers Book, Trading, Hedging, Backing, Laying etc. Plus Lots More
Paperback - 132 pages (5 Oct 2011)
Born to Punt: Steve Palmer's Betting Year by Steve Palmer
Steve Palmer is that rare
commodity, a journalist with a huge and very loyal following for his regular
columns in the "Racing Post". His many thousands of fans enjoy his
idiosyncratic and amusing interpretation of his own and others betting
activities as well as life in general. Where others see pain and misery Steve
inevitably sees a unique and amusing angle.
"Born to Punt" brings the
best of Palmer's often hilarious anecdotes and stories together under one roof
for the first time. These stories frequently involve the hideous misfortune and
sometime joy which befalls the many of millions of punters who regularly bet
Absolutely hilarious from the start! For anyone that is
regularly involved in financial combat with the bookmakers, or simply intrigued
into what makes thousands of people regularly frit away their finances on a
variety of sports, Steve's account is frightfully recognisable. Chasing the
dream! The lazy boy lifestyle led with his accomplice through various fast-food
establishments adds the required light humour!
- 288 pages (22 Feb 2011)
Intelligent Gambling: 52
Brilliant Ideas for Beating the Odds by Tim Phillips
Gambling isn't a mug's game, but if you
approach it like a mug, you'll lose. Have you been throwing good money after
bad? You're not alone. For years the bookies' jealously guarded the tricks of
the trade, their edge, because if you won, they lost: and odds-on, you lost.
"Gambling is easy - but winning is tougher. It takes discipline, hard work and
an agile mind, but when you win, believe me, there's no sweeter feeling. In
this book you can find an insider's guide to how to bet, where to look for your
edge, and how to turn that edge into the maximum profit. Gambling can be
profitable, and it can be fun: read my tips on how to bet, and maybe you can
have both at the same time." - Tim Phillips.
We've recently witnessed
the biggest revolution in 200 years of legal gambling. The way we bet has been
transformed: exchanges allow us to make a bet not with a bookmaker, but on the
Internet with anyone who has money and an opinion. There are now many more ways
and places to bet, many more games to bet on, and many more ways to find the
'edge' that may be your path to profit.
Paperback - 256
pages (24 Jun 2008)
Winning on Betfair For Dummies by Jack
The world of betting is
being transformed by Internet betting exchanges, and there's none bigger than
Betfair, the world's leading online betting exchange. "Winning on Betfair For
Dummies" is the definitive insider's guide, giving you a full picture of the
way Betfair works, explaining the terms, lingo and jargon, and letting you in
on insider knowledge and know-how. It's the perfect reference for the first
time Betfair player, and also reveals tips and tricks to satisfy even the most
seasoned punter. "Winning on Betfair FD" includes information on: backing and
laying; placing more than one bet in a market; betting in-play; telephone,
mobile phone and PDA betting; trading, arbing and bots; and, making a
profession of it.
The value of this book is for beginners. Be warned,
it is in the small Dummies format. Explanations are brief. This book is for
anyone who is interested in gambling and sport and wants an introduction to one
of the most innovative of websites! And there's plenty of anecdotes of losers
as well as winners so that you don't start thinking you're unbeatable.
Hardcover - 224 pages (24 Mar 2006)
The Art of
Bookmaking by Malcolm Boyle
Why do you try and beat the bookmaker, without knowing the basics of
the business? The bookmaker offers punters prices based on his/her expertise,
luring you to invest in a betting scenario from your amateur viewpoint. Yes,
you have an opinion and might have even researched previous results and form
guides from time to time, but unless you approach betting from a professional
viewpoint, you will continue to lose money to the dreaded enemy.
Art of Bookmaking" explains how 'Turf Accountants' approach any potential
betting scenario, and the (simple) mathematics that govern transactions. From a
detailed look at 'percentages' through to frame betting in snooker, it shows
you how to 'price up' any sporting event in the calendar. And it will show you
how the Odds Compilers create prices for tournament betting (World Cup - US
Open Golf Championship - Wimbledon etc), and inform you of the mistakes
bookmakers have made down the years.
Hardcover - 256
pages (23 Mar 2006)
Betting : How to Make the Multihorse, Multirace Bets that Win Racing's Biggest
Payoffs by Steven Crist
Steven Crist has been playing the races and writing about them since
a chance trip to Wonderland Greyhound Park in 1976 put a quick end to studying
18th-century English literature. He was the horse-racing columnist for The New
York Times from 1981 through 1990; founding editor-in-chief of The Racing Times
in 1991-92; a New York racetrack executive from 1994 to 1997; and in 1998
assembled an investment group that purchased Daily Racing Form, where he served
as the chief executive until 2002 and remains as the chairman and publisher.
Crist is the author of the books Offtrack, The Horse Traders, and Betting on
In Exotic Betting, the horseplayer takes a colorful wagering
ride by learning to maximize profits by betting on a multitude of exotic wagers
including the daily double, exacta, trifecta, quinella, superfecta, pick 3, 4,
Hardcover - 288 pages (May 25, 2006)
£ coming soon $15.72
Six Secrets of Successful Bettors: Winning Insights into Playing the
Horses by Frank R. Scatoni, Peter Thomas Fornatale
Are there really people who consistently win at the
racetrack? Yes there are, and in Six Secrets of Successful Bettors: Winning
Insights into Playing the Horses, you'll finally meet them and learn their
secrets. Frank R. Scatoni and Peter Thomas Fornatale have put together a
one-of-a-kind gambler's gem in their quest to find the small percentage of
racetrack investors who beat the game. Do you have what it takes to join them?
After interviewing more than two dozen professional players, the authors have
identified the six secrets that all of these successful individuals have in
common. Whether you're a casual weekend player or a serious fan contemplating
turning pro, al of the practical elements for success are candidly revealed in
this truly fascinating journey into the gambling habits of the world's greatest
Gamblers interviewed include blackjack expert Kevin Blackwood
and poker champions Clonie Gowen, Howard Lederer and "Amarillo Slim" Preston.
Hardcover - 288 pages (April 1, 2005)
Sports Betting by Stanford Wong
The book addresses all aspects of betting. How to place bets,
internet betting, book betting. Talks about shopping for the best lines.
Addresses quarters, halfs, sides, totals, straight, future, teasers, money
lines vs spreads. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in
becoming a better sports better with a leaning to U.S Sports. The question and
answer section after each chapter quizzes you on the material you just read.
The appendixes and tables at the end of the book would satisfy any mathematical
curiosity you may have that there is alot of work that goes into beating
sports. Wong is respected in the professional community.
Paperback - 380 pages (September 1, 2001)
Taking Chances by John Haigh
What are the odds against winning the Lottery, making money in a
casino, or backing the right horse? Every day, people make judgements on these
matters and face other decisions that rest on their understanding of
probability: buying insurance, following medical advice, carrying an umbrella.
Yet many of us have a frightening ignorance of how probability works. This text
presents an entertaining and fascinating exploration of probability, revealing
traps and fallacies in the field. It describes and analyses a variety of
situations where chance plays a role, including football pools, the Lottery, TV
games, sport, cards, roulette, coins, and dice. The book guides the reader
round common pitfalls, demonstrates how to make better informed decisions, and
shows where the odds can be unexpectedly in your favour.
Paperback - 344
pages (May 2000) expected price
Betting for a Living by Nick Mordin
From an author who devises and tests his own systems,
this book describes how, during the winter of 1991/2, he applied his ideas at
the racetrack and took over £1000 per month from bookmakers. It details
the exact methods he used and explains the precise reasons behind every bet
Hardcover - 320 pages (16 November, 1992)
Spread Betting by Andrew Burke, Compton Hellyer
This is a guide to the world of spread
betting. The author details all the basics and goes on to examine more complex
areas such as value, risk and how to form markets.
The author ensures all
players are warned of the risks inherent in this form of betting and offers
some sensible advice concerning various damage limitation exercises you can
perform in order to minimize such risks. There is also plenty of space devoted
to discussing the mechanics of the betting and how to spot potentially
Paperback - 188 pages ( 6 July,
1998) expected price
Successful Spread Betting by Geoff
Spread betting offers investors
a simple and direct way of dealing in the world's financial markets. Its
advantages include access to markets that would normally be the privilege of a
registered broker such as foreign exchange. Furthermore, there are no brokerage
or commission fees and any money you make from spread betting is tax free. The
author provides a guide to this popular method of betting that can be employed
in the financial markets and upon sporting
Paperback - 144 pages ( 1 October, 1998) expected price £10.36 Buy
Derek McGovern on Sports Betting and How to Make
It Pay by Derek McGovern, Brough Scott
Brough Scott writes the foreword to this book and sets its tone in
describing McGovern as something of a cheeky chappie.
Derek McGovern, former
editor of the "Racing Post's" sports betting service, reveals the tricks of the
trade. He details the sports which offer punters golden opportunities for
making money and those which line only the bookmakers' pockets. He calls for a
punters' day of action - a one-day betting strike - to force bookmakers to pay
back the countless millions they steal from sports gamblers every year. The
scale of violent betting-shop crime is addressed. McGovern offers his own
opinions on tales of corruption and betting skulduggery that have scarred
football and cricket in the second half of the 1990s and hatches a plan to make
money from betting on Premiership football. A chapter is devoted to the dos and
don'ts of the twilight world.
Paperback - 317 pages ( 5
July, 1999) expected price
Football Fortunes by William Hunter
Brough Scott writes the foreword to this book and sets
its tone in describing McGovern as something of a cheeky chappie.
provided for both novice and experienced bettor. Beginning with the
fundamentals of results prediction and the laws of probability and odds, there
then follow detailed explanations of forecasting systems and staking
strategies. To improve your fortunes, there are many original and innovative
entries for the football pools and bookmakers coupons. The reader will get some
insight into the history of football betting on pools and fixed-odds. For the
computer user there are descriptions of forecasting software and examples of
Paperback - 160 pages (September
1996) expected price
100 Hints For Better Betting by Mark
By the author of "Value Betting",
this title offers 100 hints for better betting in an easy-to-use format.
Coton's advice follows the different stages of betting: preparation; obtaining
value; staking; and taking stock. "Ten Key Hints" are an additional
Paperback - 128 pages (May 1994) expected
price £11.95 Buy
by Jonathan Rendall
"You probably have
to be a gambler to really enjoy reading this".
What luck, we are! The book
is all about indulgence, mainly on the betting front, although sex, booze and
drugs are also high up on the inebriated agenda. The other caveats (do you need
any more?) are that swearing and blasphemy feature regularly. But the most
frustrating aspect of the book is that the author sometimes uses abbreviations
for common words. It is not always obvious what he means, although you get the
general gist. The main character is clearly in a state of (alcoholic) decline
as he relates what he does with the £12,000 given him by a publishing
company (coincidentally, Yellow Free Press, the book's publishers) to fritter
away on gambling. He ends up waging a "silent war" against a lot of things in
his life, some of them imaginary; a state of mind induced by his
almost-perpetual intoxicated condition? Despite its obvious faults, it is a
clever and sometimes humorous book that gets you thinking. It neatly alternates
between the past and present, until the twain inevitably meet, and it is an
interesting read on the whole, as long as you do not mind the bad language,
etc. You (eventually) end up feeling sorry for the writer and applaud his raw
honesty, although you sometimes feel intoxicated yourself reading the book,
particularly the fuzzy ending.
Paperback - 224
pages (26 October, 2000) expected price