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Playing the Odds
Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101569433
Pages: 128
Year: 2012-04-10
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The first story in #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts’s beloved MacGregors series! Serena MacGregor satisfies her thirst for freedom and adventure on the open seas, as a blackjack dealer on a cruise ship. There, no one knows about her wealthy upbringing, but the mysterious Justin Blade recognizes something different in the elegant blonde. And when he saunters up to her table, he decides to take the biggest gamble of his life—by playing for keeps… A NORA ROBERTS CLASSIC AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME
The House Advantage
Author: Jeffrey Ma
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0230109683
Pages: 272
Year: 2012-02-14
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As part of the notorious MIT Team depicted in Ben Mezrich's now classic Bringing Down the House, Jeff Ma used math and statistics to master the game of blackjack and reap handsome rewards at casinos. Years later, Ma has inspired not only a bestselling novel and hit movie, but has also started three different companies—the latest of which, Citizen Sports, is an innovative marriage of sports, betting, and digital technology—and launched a successful corporate speaking career. The House Advantage reveals Ma's cutting-edge mathematical insights into the world of statistics and makes them applicable to a wide business audience. He argues that numbers are the key to analyzing nearly everything in the world of business, from how to spot and profit from global market inefficiencies to having multiple backup plans in anticipation of every probability. Ma's stories and business lessons are as intriguing as they are universally applicable.
Playing the Odds
Author: Hal Rothman
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 0826321127
Pages: 262
Year: 2007
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"This collection of Hal Rothman's wide-ranging, brash, and brilliant essays on Las Vegas offers up a treasury of insights on the follies and possibilities of the New West. Confident, passionate, learned and, yes, wise, Rothman is simply one of the most important voices writing on the region today. He is also a hell of a lot of fun to read."--Virginia Scharff, professor of history and Director, Center for the Southwest, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and Women of the West chair at the Institute for the Study of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles "Hal Rothman has been enlightening me, irritating me, surprising me, and making me laugh for twenty years. Reading his columns reminds me why. He has long been one of the brashest, loudest, smartest, and most original voices in the West. Not even ALS could quiet him. These columns aren't the same as talking to him, but they come close."--Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Stanford University "Hal Rothman is both the greatest Western historian of his generation and an H. L. Mencken in cowboy boots. Here is a magnificent collection of his opinion, wit, and wisdom."--Mike Davis, author ofPlanet of Slums and Buda's Wagon
The MacGregors: Serena, Caine
Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2006-01-01
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From the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author come the first two stories in her classic MacGregor family saga, featuring Serena MacGregor in "Playing the Odds," and Caine MacGregor in "Tempting Fate." Reissue. Review In the wake of the success of The MacGregor Brides and The MacGregor Grooms, New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts has repackaged and reissued the sagas of earlier generations, beginning with Serena and Caine, daughter and son of family patriarch Daniel MacGregor. Daniel's romantic machinations embroil Serena and Caine with another brother and sister team, Justin and Diana Blade. In Playing the Odds, Comanche gambler Justin Blade finds himself on a vacation cruise to the Bahamas where he is instantly attracted to a violet-eyed casino dealer. Only later does he learn that the lissome Serena is one and the same as the much-degreed Rena MacGregor, daughter of his longtime silent business partner, Daniel MacGregor. Serena makes it her practice to never get involved with gamblers, but the predatory gaze of Justin Blade steals her breath and steels her resolve to ignore his overtures. When Justin makes her an offer she can't refuse--the position of casino manager in his Atlantic City hotel-casino--Serena finds herself drawn to the man who worked his way up from nowhere, never swerving in his pursuit of financial success and possession of Serena. In this contemporary drama, the house (and the heart) always wins! Once settled as Justin's partner in business and in life, Serena invites Justin's sister Diana to visit. To Diana, Justin is the beloved older brother who abandoned her 20 years earlier, after their mother's death, leaving Diana to be raised by her cold Aunt Adelaide who demanded absolute obedience from her. Now a Harvard-educated lawyer in Boston, Diana is a cool operator, her emotions packed tightly away, until Caine MacGregor, her new sister-in-law's brother and infamous rogue of Harvard Law's ivied halls, greets her at the airport on her visit to get to know the brother she loved so long ago. Diana finds herself in turmoil, trying to deal with her hurt and anger toward her brother and the attraction that she feels for Caine who just happens to be near whenever Diana's well-guarded shell cracks. Caine works inexorably to overcome the much-exaggerated tales of his law school peccadilloes, slowly changing Diana's mind about his playboy reputation and teaching her to trust her heart and him. No one builds romantic tension better than Nora Roberts; even the second (or third or fourth) reading is every bit as exciting as the first! --Alison Trinkle
Playing the odds
Author: H. Bud Hauslein
Pages: 254
Year: 2005
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Playing the Odds
Author: Jay Carty
Publisher: Multnomah Pub
ISBN: 1885305257
Pages: 190
Year: 1995-06-01
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This readable, easy-to-understand book for non-Christians urges them to make an informed decision about life after death. Covers such topics as heaven, hell, fear of death, & the need to choose Christ today.
The MacGregors: Serena and Caine
Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Silhouette
ISBN: 0373282184
Pages: 496
Year: 2017-02-28
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Both works originally published in 1985.
Playing the Odds
Author: Andre Serzisko
Pages: 40
Year: 2005
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Playing All the Odds
Author: Rena A. Finney
Publisher: Urban Books
ISBN: 1599832046
Pages: 256
Year: 2011-04-01
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Fantasy Delight Whitman (her birth name bestowed on her by her madam mama), has been through a lot getting where she is in life. Now the successful journalist and single mother to college-aged Kameron is about to get more than she bargained for when she looks up a long-lost love on the Internet. Victor Charles has been through the romance mill with two divorces behind him, but when his ex from twenty-plus years ago emails out of the blue, and Fantasy is as beautiful and sexy as ever, his faith in fate is renewed. There's no denying the sparks that still fly between them, except when the truth comes out about the secret Fantasy's been keeping. Can they hold it together, or are some things best left in the past?
The MacGregors: Serena and Caine
Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Silhouette
ISBN: 0373282184
Pages: 496
Year: 2017-02-28
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Both works originally published in 1985.
Statistics Hacks
Author: Bruce Frey
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 0596553994
Pages: 358
Year: 2006-05-09
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Want to calculate the probability that an event will happen? Be able to spot fake data? Prove beyond doubt whether one thing causes another? Or learn to be a better gambler? You can do that and much more with 75 practical and fun hacks packed into Statistics Hacks. These cool tips, tricks, and mind-boggling solutions from the world of statistics, measurement, and research methods will not only amaze and entertain you, but will give you an advantage in several real-world situations-including business. This book is ideal for anyone who likes puzzles, brainteasers, games, gambling, magic tricks, and those who want to apply math and science to everyday circumstances. Several hacks in the first chapter alone-such as the "central limit theorem,", which allows you to know everything by knowing just a little-serve as sound approaches for marketing and other business objectives. Using the tools of inferential statistics, you can understand the way probability works, discover relationships, predict events with uncanny accuracy, and even make a little money with a well-placed wager here and there. Statistics Hacks presents useful techniques from statistics, educational and psychological measurement, and experimental research to help you solve a variety of problems in business, games, and life. You'll learn how to: Play smart when you play Texas Hold 'Em, blackjack, roulette, dice games, or even the lottery Design your own winnable bar bets to make money and amaze your friends Predict the outcomes of baseball games, know when to "go for two" in football, and anticipate the winners of other sporting events with surprising accuracy Demystify amazing coincidences and distinguish the truly random from the only seemingly random--even keep your iPod's "random" shuffle honest Spot fraudulent data, detect plagiarism, and break codes How to isolate the effects of observation on the thing observed Whether you're a statistics enthusiast who does calculations in your sleep or a civilian who is entertained by clever solutions to interesting problems, Statistics Hacks has tools to give you an edge over the world's slim odds.
Beat the Odds Blackjack
Author: Matt Summers
Publisher: Lyle Stuart
ISBN: 0818406038
Pages: 176
Year: 1999-09-01
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Learn how to win at blackjack with percentages for every card combination. Summers offers an easy-to-learn, flexible system that allows the player full control. 10 line drawings.
The Drunkard's Walk
Author: Leonard Mlodinow
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307275175
Pages: 252
Year: 2009
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An irreverent look at how randomness influences our lives, and how our successes and failures are far more dependent on chance events than we recognize.
Against The Odds
Author: Elizabeth Moon
Publisher: Baen Books
ISBN: 0671319612
Pages: 416
Year: 2000-12-01
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In the sequel to Once a Hero and Rules of Engagement, as Fleet is threatened by mutiny, class conflict, and power struggles, Esmay Suiza-Serrano finds herself uncermoniously dismissed from Fleet and hurtled into the midst of warfare that threatens all galactic civilization.
I Beat The Odds
Author: Michael Oher
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101560037
Pages: 288
Year: 2012-02-07
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The football star made famous in the hit film (and book) The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher shares his personal account of his story, in this inspirational New York Times bestseller. Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one's dreams. Sharing untold stories of heartache, determination, courage, and love, I Beat the Odds is an incredibly rousing tale of one young man's quest to achieve the American dream.