"Confessions of a Poker Dealer" is a short history of Poker played in Casino's since the late 1970's. It covers from the late 1970's when "Snatch" games ( the way casino's robbed poker players ) were eliminated to the growth of poker throughout the 1980's and 1990's and finally to the "Television" generation starting in 2002 and creating millions of new poker players. The book looks at what is still today the biggest win in gambling history, $18.5M including $10M in poker play between a "degenerate" craps player who borrowed $30. to start his improbable triumph and beat four of the biggest names in poker one at a time in the early 1990's. It's also about Robert Varkonyi, winner of the 2002 main event at the World Series of Poker and the most influential player in the history of the game. And there are other fun stories about poker and gambling in general from 27 years in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
Framed around the concept of culture, CULTURE COUNTS, 4th Edition, uses ethnographic storytelling to draw students into the material and teach valuable critical-thinking skills. The text focuses on how culture directs and explains people's behavior, thereby helping students understand the world today as well as how humans can solve problems and effect positive change. Using an authoritative yet conversational voice, the authors emphasize contemporary issues, the impact of globalization, gender issues, equalities and inequalities, cross-cultural comparisons, and American culture. These topics are important to both the study of anthropology and understanding of the world around you.
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