Tokyo Tango by Rika Yokomori Book Review

Saya is a classically beautiful Japanese girl of nineteen. She has no difficulty attracting men of all ages, and is happy to give them what they want. Sometimes they pay, sometimes not, though she doesn’t particularly like any of them, and as for love, does that really exist?

Then she meets Bogey.

He’s a middle-aged forty-something with a paunch and greying hair who fancies himself as something of a yakuza, a gangster. He makes his living through gambling, wagering on anything late into the night, mahjong, the horses, bicycle riding, and the super-hot boiling over stockmarket where everybody always wins. He adores gangster movies and hanging round with the rough crowd. Saya is bedazzled by Bogey, he’s known as that because of his love of Bogart’s movies. She’s fascinated by his weird selection of friends and is flattered by the attention of an older man, especially one such as he. Inevitably she becomes his mistress without a moment’s hesitation.

‘Whatever you do, don’t go with a gambler,’ was the one piece of advice her mother gave her when it came to men. But when did a teenage girl ever take advice about men from her mother? Saya is no different. She jumps at the opportunity, she loves cuddling into his warm body and laying her head on his fat tummy, she will do anything he wants. She even buys a cookbook and attempts to cook him the food he loves, not that he is impressed by that, preferring to eat in the seedy underworld he inhabits.

So opens Rika Yokomori’s novel set in Japan and New York.

In places the book comes across almost as a reality TV programme. It is as if the camera is set permanently on Saya’s shoulder. She is rarely out of shot as we learn of the exciting parts of her life, and the mundane, almost in equal measure.

But this is a page turner as we watch Saya slowly growing into a worldly-wise woman. Gradually she begins to see things as they really are. Everything, as you might expect, is not so rosy in the life of a wannabe yakuza’s moll. There are sure to be rocky times ahead.

Rika Yokomori has published more than thirty-five books in the past fifteen years and this one is certainly worth a look. True, I did guess the ending some time before actually arriving there, but that was no big disappointment. There is a peach of a final sentence to look forward to. If you enjoy modern novels from Japan then you will find plenty here to keep you interested. If you haven’t tried oriental fiction before, then this one could be a good place to start.

San Francisco is the Most Photographed City in North America – A Book Review

The Golden Gate Bridge towering over San Francisco Bay as the fog clears, a testament to mankind’s will to overcome adversity, and a symbol to all of a great city. Perhaps, there is no other bridge in the world that captures the human spirit and imagination and there is definitely no city more photographed in the last 100 years than San Francisco. Some say that Las Vegas is more photographed, but mostly people buy post cards there and are too busy being tourists and gambling to take pictures.

Now then, what if I told you that you could have a beautiful collection of pictures of San Francisco, really classy professionally done photographs by the top photographers of our time? What if I told you that you can have all this one awesome coffee table book? Well, it’s true, and the book I describe, I own myself, the book is:

“San Francisco – Photographs by Morton Beebe” with essays from Herb Caen, Tom Cole, Barnaby Conrad, Herbert Gold, and Kevin Star.

This awesome collection has over 200 high-quality extra large photographs and everyone captures the human spirit of San Francisco. Museums, nightlife, beaches, harbor, tourist attractions, trolley cars, row houses, bridges, events, and people. It’s all here, along with lightening, moonlight, sunrises, neon lights and sailboats on the bay. The restaurants, the sights, the hotels, the architecture, it makes San Francisco look like the greatest city in the world.

This is a must have keeper of a photography table book. Now you might ask me what are the cons to this book, I mean I’ve just described how great it is. Well, one of the cons of this book is that it is very heavy, because it is so packed with high quality pictures. Think on that and get a copy today for your family too.

The Lotto Black Book – The Best Buy You’ll Ever Make

Everyone will tell you that the lottery borders on neigh impossible. People will quote odds and numbers such as 1 in more than 2 billion winning rates. It makes that lottery ticket in your hand seem quite heavy. “The Lotto Black Book” will lighten that load and then some! The author of the book is Larry Blair (this is a pseudonym he uses in order to protect himself and his family) is a Math professor from Oklahoma and, after years of research into winning lottery number patterns, has developed a formula to predict the most likely numbers that will come out on the present draw.

The Lotto Black Book will show you how to take Blair’s system and use it the lotteries you enter. With a little research about past winning numbers, you can increase your chances of winning the lottery up to 48.7%! This takes your chances out of the 1 in 2 billion range to an almost 50-50 proposition. After all those losing ticket, you will get a crack at infinitely better odds of winning. You may not win 100% of the time, but you have 48.6999999% advantage on everyone else. If you win about a little less than half the time, you earnings would be through the roof!

While the formula is very powerful, it does not offer a solid guarantee. Larry Blair, however, offers one. If his formula does not work for you after 8 weeks of strict adherence to his methods, he will pay you back double the money. This is a guarantee that only someone who knows his system will work can make. Let the Lotto Black Book change that lottery luck and make you a winner for a change. The very least that will happen is that you double your money from the guarantee. Find out more about Larry Blair and his Lotto Black Book.

Poker Book Report Wars: Arnold Snyder Challenges David Sklansky

Arnold Snyder is not new to gambling, but he is a new writing force in the world of poker. Having recently written a ground breaking tournament poker manual, he has ignited a debate of old school verses new school, aggression versus conceding, and blunt force betting verses the fear of losing. With the publication of The Poker Tournament Formula, Snyder has captured a loyal and expanding audience of strategy-hungry tournament players that contribute to Snyder’s online forum like packs of wolves, frequently taking frisky bites at the old school tournament thinkers.

Collectively, those thinkers are represented (at least ideologically) by David Sklansky the resident professor and writer of Tournament Poker for Advanced Players. This book, now several years since its first publication, and before the boom, put into motion the tight-early and tight-aggressive strategy that simply made common sense of hold’em tournaments. This strategy is guided in nature by the Gap Concept described in Sklansky’s book as “you need a better hand to play against someone who has already opened the betting, than you would need to open yourself”. Even modern superstar writers like Dan Harrington and Phil Gordon use this in their strategies as well, so you know it has to have some merit. As such, it is not unusual to find that squeaky, tight-aggressive player at numerous final tables that has got enough playable cards during the tournament to have survived to the final table.

Survived is the key word here, as he (insert any Sklansky drone) is rarely among the chip leaders. Further, rarely does the player return to a final table, because the basic tight strategy of relying on enough quality hands also has to be fused with having them actually win pots, and hold up throughout the tournament. As Snyder points out with much experience, it is those “quality” hands he gets kicked out of tournaments playing, as opposed to position plays with weak holdings.

Where Snyder feels The Gap is a completely misguided concept is in the smaller buy-in tournaments that many players participate daily, in local casinos, regional events and online poker sites. Snyder feels that this is a lucrative segment, as many players may never have a bankroll big enough for $10,000 and $15,000 entry fees for the WPT and WSOP. However, if you play these smaller tourneys the way Snyder plays them, you will soon enough be able to pay for a $10,000 entry fee!

Snyder breaks these smaller tournaments down, and categorizes them into a skill level based on the chip and blind structure combined with the amount of entries. Depending on the skill level and patience factor of the tournament, your strategy is going to be radically different than anything Sklansky would recommend. The underlining of that strategy is based largely on position play, and pressuring your opponents, who have likely missed the flop as much as you have. This is executed in spite of your hole cards, not because of them. Snyder’s wolves say this strategy works it sheer numbers in large part because of the Sklansky type tournament opponents who know nothing more than to fold out of position or out of flop weakness.

Both writers have forums and both have supporters, and it is interesting to hear some of the challenges put forth from the Snyder Wolves – “specific mistakes in Sklansky’s and Malmuth’s advice”, “I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the “Gap Concept” and why it’s wrong.”, “Waiting for Sklansky to speak”, ” The burden of proof was Sklansky’s, and all he did was add to his errors”, “Sklansky’s “proof” is a perfect example of his incompetence at poker logic” and on and on. This is juicy stuff!

All I can say is, between the two of them, someone has got to know what is going on here! All we want to know is how to win a bloody tournament! It seems to me that elements of both strategies are needed to win tournaments. Take a look at players like Daniel Negreneau, Erick Lindgren, Gus Hansen, Greg Raymer or Gavin Smith. They have often made some amazing lay downs to aggressive opponents, but I more often see them playing stuff like QJos, 57s, KTs and even more rubbish hands to not just one raiser, but two! These guys truly understand, like Arnold Snyder, that if you laid down like Sklansky does, you are just not going to see many final tables. By the way, have you seen David Sklansky at a final table recently?

All of the above tournament players, who are definitely more tuned into Snyder’s slant have won big, and won often. Yes, I want some of that.

Larry Blair Lottery Black Book – Real Or Not?

From time immemorial people have been creatively and persistently been looking for ways to find ways and means in making a better life for themselves and their loved ones. This is the fundamental reason behind the success of the lottery games. It is anchored on the belief that though this game anyone eve an ordinary working person can have a chance to make it big through the help of a six number combination. This is also the reason why, many have also become victims of con artists, who in turn prey on theses poor souls hopes and aspirations. One such doubted con is the Larry Blair Black Book scam.

This scandal if you may call it that centers on the idea that Mr. Larry Blair indeed pulled a scam on many unsuspecting people. The Larry Blair black book scam is basically about, the black book that Larry Blair wrote and published. The author claimed that in his book he wrote numerous step by step strategies on how a lotto player can have a real chance of winning in the lottery. It was further publicized that he himself has been a recipient of numerous winning streaks by virtue of following the methods and system of betting discussed in the book.

The Larry Blair black book scam, to this day have yet to be proven as fact or just a simple case of bad publicity It will be noted that up to this point the said black book is still in circulation and is in fact considered a “must have” guide by many lotto aficionados who would also like to try out the latter’s effectiveness in choosing the winning lottery numbers. Over the years many people have claimed that the book was a hoax and a scam and that the author was a con man whose success had nothing to do with winning the lotto but was all about fooling gullible lottery players into buying the ideas he sold in his book.

Like I already mentioned despite oppositions claiming the book as a scam, the latter continues to be in active circulation and usage. This fact may have been because in as much as there were those who doubt it cannot be denied that there are those who also claimed and testified as to the books correctness and have even given testimonials as signs of their gratitude to the author for sharing his “secret”. So is the Larry Lair lottery Black Book scam real? Who knows? Until there are people opposing and those defending we are yet to see the end of this controversy.

Poker Book Review – All In – An E-guide To No Limit Texas Hold’em by Amarillo Slim Preston

I am really not much of a book reviewer but I would like to share this with you. While visiting Amarillo Slim’s new website http://amarilloslim.org I came across Amarillo Slim’s new ebook, All In: An E-guide To No Limit Texas Hold’em, I believe it to be the greatest and most educational book on poker yet. With so many books about poker on the market at first I was skeptical, figuring old Slim was just trying to cash in on the poker craze like everyone else but then I read the book and found It is just simply written and easy to understand. The chapter on hand odds is worth the price of the book, much less the starting hands and tells chapters that give a special insight to a great poker mind at work and a story you will not want to miss. this book also dives into many other aspects of poker including psychology, table position, and of course finding games you can beat. This book was not only informative but very entertaining.

So if you are looking for some good reading or a poker lesson that you actually learn something from, this is the book for you.

Amarillo Slim Preston is a true poker legend, member of five halls of fame, winner of five WSOP bracelets, including the WSOP Championship in 1972. Besides poker, he is also known as a world class billiard’s player and one of the most publicized proposition gamblers in history, making him one of the most successful and recognizable gamblers the world has ever known.

Limit Hold’em – Winning Short-Handed Strategies Book Review

There’s a lot more to the book than how to play a better poker game. It likewise deals with fundamental concepts that many books do not put a dent in. The book Addresses, table Selection, player modeling, standard Deviation, & statistics. If you have not discovered these concepts before then this is a good reason to study this book. The most beneficial section is on “super-short” games, these tables commonly have only two to four players. I am certain you acknowledge that the game alters a good deal when there are fewer players at the table. I read this book since I found it hard to find full tables at a few online poker rooms I play at, this book will assist you in playing these shorthanded & turbo tables that you discover online. The book is 362 pages of a few of the most exclusive poker facts that you can’t get anyplace else. Be sure to analyze the 245 quiz questions & examples that are in the book & your game will improve & you’ll start to dominate & control the limit hold’em poker tables.

If you play shorthanded limit hold ’em you need to buy the book. I’ve read numerous poker books & these are the best strategies ever written about the subject of shorthanded limit hold’em. Former books include parts on playing shorthanded but none of them can even compare to the quantity of information that this book renders on the subject. These authors have chosen a small but crucial part of playing limit hold’em & converted it into a great piece of work. This book is the new authority on playing shorthanded limit hold’em. Since the subject isn’t the most popular the book doesn’t get the same esteem as say Winning Low-Limit Hold’em by Lee Jones but the maneuvers taught are as useful. If you play fixed limit poker you must buy this book, if you play poker then you’ll encounter shorthanded games at some point & need to know strategies that will work. There is not an aspect of playing shorthanded that the book doesn’t address.

I seldom thought of shorthanded games as profitable till I read this book. The authors Terry Bored & Lawrence Mak have made a lot of money playing online poker & are experts. This book may not better every facet of your game but you won’t learn more on the subject anyplace else. The book blew me away, possibly because I didn’t have high prospects for it, but in the end I was glad I read it. The worst part of the book is that it’s just 362 pages & it departs you desiring even more.

Sports Betting Strategies System, Sports Book Tips

How much would you value this gift, how much money would you invest when placing a bet? Predicting sports picks is an art that takes an incredible amount of research and analysis in order to find the winning selections. An unbelievable amount of data is collected, from statistical data to environmental data, once this precious information is gathered, it is entered into a computer software program to aid making the process of establishing the best possible game result. But that is not all, once the first part of the equation is compiled and completed (data entered in the software program), the human element is also added to the equation. The coaching staff, the location of the game being played, players injury reports are also taken under consideration and many other factors that can affect the turnout of the match or the game. Finally when the second part of the equation is added, a more precise and accurate prediction can then be taken regarding the outcome of an event.

Betting online is a very similar form of gaming or gambling, There are many risks associated with sports betting, you have to be reasonable about it, no body really knows what’s in the bag so pay the mortgage first along with the rest of your bills, a good idea is to put some money aside for the rainy days, of course everyone has to enjoy life and spend a bit of fun time following one’s passion, so with that being said, in sports betting like any type of gambling , the better has to take a chance, make his decision based on intelligent research to minimize his or her loss. Any form of gambling has its risks and probabilities. Is today your lucky day , you will never know until you try.