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By Howard Schwartz--Gambler's Book Shop
Al O'Donnell's 31st annual edition of Pro Football Pointspread Playbook (120 pages, 8x11 paperbound, $19.95) has arrived at Gambler's Book Shop, along with an innovative roulette study for true lovers of the game. (Please note the store, if you're visiting Las Vegas, has moved to 1550 E. Tropicana, #4, located between Maryland Parkway and Spencer, next to Casey's Cameras, now open Mon. to Sat, from 9 to 5.)

O'Donnell, a Chicago native, has the perfect book for people who want three years of results, spreads and totals, room to keep records and a team-by-team schedule, dozens of angles or potential plays based on past performance for each team, including over-under tendencies for each. Interestingly, despite losing all 16 games in '08,, the Lions were 7-9 against the spread (as a visitor they covered in 6 of 8 and in each of these covers they were getting 10 or more points.)

For each team's schedule you'll be able to see the type of surface the game will be played on and whether the game is a divisional, conference or interconference battle. The book also contains all previous Super Bowl results, spreads and totals, summary analysis of how underdogs have performed, how teams do after a mid-season break, Monday night performance, a chart comparing the money line to the spread, how each team's Super Bowl odds changed throughout last season and a listing of all the teams' internet resources (teams' URL and fan sites). Overall, a marvelous, easy-to-read-and-use resource for beginner, occasional or hardcore investor.

J.R. Freeman is an Indiana native who loves the game of roulette, playing for almost 30 years. His 40,000 Spins--Cluster Progression Roulette (205 pages, 6x9 paperbound, $18.95 focuses on what the author calls Cluster Progression Roulette (CPR). His approach and philosophy are that sessions of at least three hours must be considered, you must increase your bets to cover losses and you must play carefully while accumulating that bankroll. The author has played in Nevada, Costa Rica (where roulette in that country is played with a cage containing 36 balls sits over a table, and the winning number drops down) and in Indiana, where he identifies himself as a corporate vice president.

Freeman's book is both entertaining and educational--his advice and experiences are colorful, detailed and packed with do and don't advice.  He's clearly experienced at the game, discussing his system, charting spins, electronic roulette, biased wheels, probability, other systems and his 40,000 spins, which may be used by a potential system player. This is a book some of customers asked us to order and ultimately their (and future reader) feedback will determine its success.

Any item reviewed here is available from Gambler's Book Shop (Gambler's Book Club). The store's web site is You may order there using MasterCard, VISA or Discover (no CODs please) or by phoning the store any day except Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time at 1-800-522-1777. Orders usually shipped the next working day. You may view the store's complete array of books, videos and software via the Web site or request a hard copy of the catalog be mailed free and first class. The store has moved to a new location: 1550 E. Tropicana #4, Las Vegas NV 89119.