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Mensa Guide to Casino Gambling: Winning Ways by Andrew Brisman

Andrew BrismanWe are going to analyze a book that will tell us about some interesting moments in the life of casinos and gambling in general. The book is divided into the chapters according to the casino game. The name of the book starts with the word Mensa, which means that the author treats you as a smart person. Mensa is the name of the organization that unites people with high IQ level.


The games covered in this book are blackjack, slots, video poker, craps, baccarat, roulette. Of course, author did not forget about Caribbean stud poker, Let it Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Keno, poker, sports betting and other casino games like bingo.

In every part Brisman is talking about becoming a smart player. He is talking about bankroll management and how fast the casinos suck money from us. Also he gives some answers at question that people ask all the time.

Anatomy of the Game

It is really interesting how the author describes the casinos. It seems that we are listening to the resolution of the casino autopsy. He states that most part of the floor is taken by the slot machines. In the middle there is a spot for the table games like blackjack. Then will be craps, as they are less in number. And after, you will find roulette and mini-baccarat.

There is also a private or semi-private area for the high-stake games. You won't easily find keno or poker, as they are hidden in the corners or somewhere behind the endless parlors of the slot machines. And definitely there are ATMs everywhere. Nothing has to stop the players from the "withdraw" button in the play area.

The casinos, just like the grocery stores, are designed in such a way that you will play and that is for sure. In a grocery store you won't find the needed items unless you walk through all the isles. Smart design gets you to play and play and not stop.

The book reveals the secrets of becoming a smarter player in any game. It is like Robbing the One-Armed Bandits by Charles Lund, where only slot games are explained. The other general guide is The Ultimate Casino Guide by Michael Wiesenberg.

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