Deadman's Bluff

Deadman s Bluff A blind poker player named Skip DeMarco is scamming the world s largest poker tournament in Las Vegas and cheating expert Tony Valentine and his son Gerry have been hired to find our how DeMarco is

  • Title: Deadman's Bluff
  • Author: James Swain Alan Sklar
  • ISBN: 9780792743460
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Audio CD
  • A blind poker player named Skip DeMarco is scamming the world s largest poker tournament in Las Vegas, and cheating expert Tony Valentine and his son, Gerry, have been hired to find our how DeMarco is tied to some dangerously desperare characters who will go to extremes even cold blooded murder to ensure that the obnoxious DeMarco wins big On opposite sides of a deadlyA blind poker player named Skip DeMarco is scamming the world s largest poker tournament in Las Vegas, and cheating expert Tony Valentine and his son, Gerry, have been hired to find our how DeMarco is tied to some dangerously desperare characters who will go to extremes even cold blooded murder to ensure that the obnoxious DeMarco wins big On opposite sides of a deadly game, father and son work their way through a colorful landscape of con men and hit men.

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    1. This concludes the story that Swain started in Deadman's Poker. As I mentioned in my review of the first book (/book/show/4), Swain abruptly ended the book without concluding the story and simply leaving the reader hanging.In Deadman's Poker consultant Tony Valentine was hired to figure out how a virtually blind poker player named Skip DeMarco was cheating his way to victory in the World Poker Showdown in Vegas. Complications abound and when the book ended, Tony was no closer to figuring out the [...]

    2. d. pkr & bluff-2.5 starslistened to it on audio.While the Tony Valentine series isn’t amazing or anything, I needed something to listen to at work & this one kept me occupied & interested.Tony Valentine is likeable. And I liked that he’s an older guy whose actions reflect that realisticly in the narrative.I also think the relationship b/w tony & his son Gerry is fairly realistic.I liked learning about casinos & the various cheating that occurs.I chuckled out loud a few ti [...]

    3. Swain's Tony Valentine series, no matter which one you pick up, is a fun-to-read but hard-to-down thriller. The central character of all these books is Tony Valentine, a retired Atlantic City officer who has "grift sense," meaning he has trained eyes that can instantly spot a scam, a cheat, a swindle. Deadman's Bluff continues the story begun in Deadman's Poker, which brings Valentine to Las Vegas to catch cheaters at the World Poker Tournament. Swain intersperses the tale of the cheating at the [...]

    4. This book is another nice effort by Mr. Swain. It is one in a series of Tony Valentine casino cheating cases. The pluses: the writing is tight. The plot is unique from the other book in the series I’ve read. The story is well told, interesting, and shares a lot of insight into the war between the casinos and professional cheaters without being overdone or becoming tedious. The author integrates fact and fiction well. The only negative of the book I could find is that the ending was docile. It [...]

    5. A blind poker player, Skip DeMarco is scamming the world's largest poker tournament in Las Vegas, and cheating. Nephew of Atlantic City Mafia boss Scalzo who had murdered Jack Donovan a professional scammer and friend of expert Tony Valentine and his son, Gerry. Jack Donovan, who was dying of cancer, had devised a system of marking cards by radio active iodine. Tony Valentine had been hired to find out how DeMarco was cheating. Scalzo murdered and exposed his nephew DeMarco to possible excessive [...]

    6. This book is really part of Deadman's Poker, and really, sadly, was like coming in halfway through a televised mini-series. I strongly recommend that you read Deadman's Poker BEFORE this one, because this book does a poor job of summing up what happened in the other book. The highlight of the book was indeed, Old Rufus Steele, a hustler of grand proportion, who always has a trick or two up his sleeve. Otherwise, the characters in the book don't matter much. The book is much more about cheaters a [...]

    7. Fun. Satisfying end to two book series with Deadman's Poker. FYI you really have to read Deadman's Poker first. The two books probably could have been edited into a single novel, but it still works pretty well. Once again Rufus steals the show with another series of bizarre proposition bets.

    8. I've read most of the books in this series and recall enjoying them. This one was different. It appeared to be a continuation of the previous book, which I have not read. Hence I was missing a lot of story background. The many examples of gambling scams were interesting, but too many for story continuity. The plot ending seemed implausible.

    9. This was an entertaining audiobook, and I learned a LOT about gambling/muckers. However, because I'm not as familiar with the games and there were a lot of characters; it was a little hard to follow at times.

    10. Second half of Deadman's Poker. Tony completes his work to uncover the scam at the World Poker Showdown. Highlight of this book (and last) is Rufus Steele's hustling.

    11. Didn't like this one as much as the first in the 2-part series, but it was good. I highly recommend this series.

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