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How Gamblers Win

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How Gamblers Win
Publication Date1865

How Gamblers Win, subtitled Or, The Secrets Of Advantage Play Exposed, is attributed to Gerritt M. Evans and is one of the earliest publications on cheating at cards.

It includes different advantages practiced by professional card sharps in short cards, banking games played with cards and dice, and gambling cons. This may be the first book to use the term "Advantage" Play.

Bart Whaley provides some background with an exploration of the identity of the author in "The Mysterious Gambler an introductory essay and The Man Who Was Erdnase Loose Ends & Dead Ends" (2009)


  • 1st Edition 1865
  • 2nd Edition 1868 by Dick & Fitzgerald (New York) added a section on "Three Card Monte".
  • Reprint of 2nd Edition by Magicana (2009)