Biography & Autobiography

Tails I Lose

The compulsive gambler who lost his shirt for good

Author: Justyn Rees Larcombe

Publisher: Lion Books

ISBN: 0745956483

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 3762

Justyn had everything. Stunningly successful in the world of re-insurance, he was being fast tracked for further promotion in a global company. He had wealth, a big house, a Porsche, a Mercedes. He had a beautiful wife and three sons. He lost it all, blowing three quarters of a million pounds in three years. He spent his wife’s money. He then used his corporate card at work to fund his habit. This cost him his job, and then his wife, children, home and reputation. He barely escaped criminal prosecution, and considered suicide. But this is also a story of hope. Justyn stopped gambling overnight through a miraculous and dramatic healing. “God has restored much of what I lost and is continuing to do so,” he explains. “I am slowly dealing with the consequences of my habit.” Today Justyn speaks widely about the dangers of gambling.
Self-Help

One Day at a Time

A recovering addict shares practical wisdom

Author: Justyn Rees Larcombe

Publisher: Monarch Books

ISBN: 0857217194

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

View: 959

Through testimonial, anecdote and scriptural reference, this book allows the reader to share in recovery from secret habits of all kinds. Covering subjects such as alcohol, food, gambling, sex and smoking, Justyn Rees Larcombe demonstrates how to avoid the traps of the modern world. Justyn Rees Larcombe’s account of gambling addiction – three years of destruction followed by three years of restoration – is interwoven throughout the book. The chapters are short and thematic, ending with helpful questions and exercises.
Sports & Recreation

Life on the Line

How to lose a million and so much more

Author: Kevin Twaddle,Scott Burns

Publisher: Black & White Publishing

ISBN: 1845024672

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 3069

Kevin Twaddle was a footballer who was always prepared to take a risk on the park but it was off it where he really gambled. The former Hearts, Motherwell and St Johnstone winger speaks openly for the first time about his secret betting addiction that saw him blow more than a million pounds and wrecked his football career. Kevin tells his harrowing story of what his punting did to his family, how it killed relationships, destroyed his bond with his daughter and almost caused his parents to split up. He talks about his addiction and how it led to him stealing, going to loan sharks, left him facing jail and considering the ultimate gamble - suicide - before he finally got his life back on the straight and narrow. Kevin, who has since gone on to play pool for Scotland, has now not had a bet for more than six years, holds a prominent position in Gamblers Anonymous and also uses his experiences to help the Professional Footballers Association (Scotland) to educate today's footballers on the pitfalls of gambling. This is the harrowing and moving story on how one man's life fell apart spectacularly because of his addiction to gambling and how, after hitting rock bottom, he finally managed to conquer his demons.
Self-Help

Overcoming Gambling

Author: Philip Mawer

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 1847093426

Category: Self-Help

Page: 128

View: 2626

Problem gambling is on the rise. It affects a wide range of people, from teenagers and students to housewives and the retired. Problem gamblers are at greater risk not only of financial disaster, but of relationship breakdown, poor physical health, mental-health problems such as anxiety and depression, and suicide. This book looks at how to stop gambling once and for all. Topi include: • the effects of gambling • looking at whether gambling is an illness • deciding to stop • how to support the gambler • changing behaviour patterns and routines • creating a support team • a lifestyle to help keep you from gambling
Business & Economics

Heads I Win, Tails I Win

Why Smart Investors Fail and How to Tilt the Odds in Your Favour

Author: Spencer Jakab

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399563202

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 8036

"Let's start with the bad news first- Most investors' results bear very little resemblance to the long-run returns touted in the glossy marketing materials from financial services firms. What's more, most of them have no idea just how massive that difference actually is. But, there's reason for hope-Investing is a winner's game with excellent long-term odds once you stop shooting yourself in the foot. Since leaving his job as a top-rated stock analyst to become an investing columnist, Spencer Jakab has watched his readers-and his family, friends, and colleagues-make the same mistakes again and again. He looks at all the typical advice, from the clearly risky to the seemingly safe, to show you how various strategies are undermining even the savviest investor's returns. The paths that lead to a seven figure nest egg are surprisingly few, but he reveals reliable strategies that can multiply a typical retirement saver's nest egg fourfold or more. Jakab combines wise storytelling with a knack for doing the math on complicated ideas to explain why you shouldn't buy Apple, care about tomorrow's big IPO, or even try to act on the belief that a recession is around the corner. He also explains why you should never trust a World Cup predicting octopus and why you shouldn't invest in companies with an X or Z in their names - information more useful than it sounds, and every bit as fun. Whatever your level of expertise, Jakab's Heads I Win, Tails I Winwill be entertaining, enlightening, and almost certainly profitable."
Biography & Autobiography

The Glass Castle

A Memoir

Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156964

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 9625

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
Biography & Autobiography

All Bets Are Off

Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction

Author: Arnie Wexler

Publisher: Central Recovery Press, LLC

ISBN: 1937612759

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

View: 5090

Wexler's compulsive gambling spiraled out of control....after forty-plus years in recovery, he's become a nationally known expert on gambling addiction.
Games

The Easy Way to Stop Gambling

Take control of your life

Author: Allen Carr

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

ISBN: 1782129219

Category: Games

Page: N.A

View: 8863

Allen Carr's Easy Way has helped over 14 million people to date and counting! His revolutionary approach to the problem of addiction allows addicts to take back control of their lives. Here in this brand new book the renowned Easy Way method is applied to the subject of gambling. Most gamblers are convinced that it's almost impossible to stop gambling and free themselves from debt; they also feel unable to solve the widespread problems gambling causes. The wonderful news is that this book shows you how to stop immediately, painlessly and permanently. This book understands gamblers and how they think and, without being judgemental or patronising, takes them step-by-step through the process of how to free themselves of the gambling addiction. It demonstrates how gamblers fall into the trap of gambling, the psychology behind being addicted to risk and how to quit gambling once and for all.
Mathematics

What's Luck Got to Do with It?

The History, Mathematics, and Psychology of the Gambler's Illusion

Author: Joseph Mazur

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400834457

Category: Mathematics

Page: 296

View: 7406

Why do so many gamblers risk it all when they know the odds of winning are against them? Why do they believe dice are "hot" in a winning streak? Why do we expect heads on a coin toss after several flips have turned up tails? What's Luck Got to Do with It? takes a lively and eye-opening look at the mathematics, history, and psychology of gambling to reveal the most widely held misconceptions about luck. It exposes the hazards of feeling lucky, and uses the mathematics of predictable outcomes to show when our chances of winning are actually good. Mathematician Joseph Mazur traces the history of gambling from the earliest known archaeological evidence of dice playing among Neolithic peoples to the first systematic mathematical studies of games of chance during the Renaissance, from government-administered lotteries to the glittering seductions of grand casinos, and on to the global economic crisis brought on by financiers' trillion-dollar bets. Using plenty of engaging anecdotes, Mazur explains the mathematics behind gambling--including the laws of probability, statistics, betting against expectations, and the law of large numbers--and describes the psychological and emotional factors that entice people to put their faith in winning that ever-elusive jackpot despite its mathematical improbability. As entertaining as it is informative, What's Luck Got to Do with It? demonstrates the pervasive nature of our belief in luck and the deceptive psychology of winning and losing. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.
Biography & Autobiography

The Lost Airman

A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France

Author: Seth Meyerowitz,Peter Stevens

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698193962

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 3618

The remarkable, untold story of World War II American Air Force turret-gunner Staff Sergeant Arthur Meyerowitz, who was shot down over Nazi-occupied France and evaded Gestapo pursuers for more than six months before escaping to freedom. Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was one of only two crewmen who escaped death or immediate capture on the ground, when their plane was shot down near Cognac, France, in 1943. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts had a tight connection to the French resistance group Morhange and its founder, Marcel Taillandier, who arranged for Arthur’s transfers among safe houses in southern France, shielding him from the Gestapo. Based on recently declassified material, exclusive personal interviews, and extensive research into the French Resistance, The Lost Airman tells the tense and riveting story of Arthur’s hair-raising journey to freedom—a true story of endurance, perseverance, and escape during World War II. INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS AND MAP
Biography & Autobiography

Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi

Author: George H. Devol

Publisher: Applewood Books

ISBN: 1557091102

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 6234

George H. Devol was the greatest riverboat gambler in the history of the Mississippi. Born in Ohio in 1829, he ran away from home and worked as a cabin boy at age ten. At fourteen he could stack a deck of cards. Over the years, he bilked soldiers, paymasters, cotton buyers, thieves, and businessmen alike. He fought more fights than anyone, and was never beaten. This is his story. Nobody was ever bored by it.
True Crime

Stung

The Incredible Obsession of Brian Molony

Author: Gary Stephen Ross

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

ISBN: 1551996723

Category: True Crime

Page: 368

View: 4529

He was one of the brightest stars at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, a brilliant young banker on his way to the top. But Brian Molony had a secret obsession: he loved to gamble. The unsuspecting bank was soon fuelling that obsession, as Molony helped himself to hundreds of thousands, then millions, of dollars in fraudulent loans. Despite falling deeper and deeper in the hole, Molony convinced himself he could win it all back. Before long, the mild-mannered assistant manager had become one of the biggest high-rollers the casinos had ever seen and earned himself a place in the annals of criminal history. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Fiction

The Devil's Punchbowl

A Novel

Author: Greg Iles

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416594639

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 9182

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Penn Cage series comes an electrifying thriller that reveals a world of depravity, sex, violence, and the corruption of a Southern town. As a prosecuting attorney in Houston, Penn Cage sent hardened killers to death row. But it is as mayor of his hometown—Natchez, Mississippi—that Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez, like other Mississippi towns, has turned to casino gambling, and now five fantastical steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market at Natchez like props from Gone With the Wind. But one boat isn't like the others. Rumor has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas to its Mississippi backwater. And with them—on sleek private jets that slip in and out of town like whispers in the night—come pro football players, rap stars, and international gamblers, all sharing an unquenchable taste for one thing: blood sport—and the dark vices that go with it. When a childhood friend of Penn's who brings him evidence of these crimes is brutally murdered, the full weight of Penn's failure to protect his city hits home. So begins his quest to find the men responsible. But it's a hunt he begins alone, for the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy. With his family's lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies in his one-man war are those bound to him by blood or honor: -Caitlin Masters, the lover Penn found in The Quiet Can Game and lost in Turning Angel -Danny McDavitt, the heroic helicopter pilot from Third Degree -Tom Cage, Penn's father and legendary local family physician -Walt Garrity, a retired Texas Ranger who served with Penn's father during the Korean War Together they must defeat a sophisticated killer who has an almost preternatural ability to anticipate—and counter—their every move. Ultimately, victory will depend on a bold stroke that will leave one of Penn's allies dead—and Natchez changed forever. After appearing in two of Iles's most popular novels, Penn Cage makes his triumphant return as a brilliant, honorable, and courageous hero. Rich with Southern atmosphere and marked by one jaw-dropping plot turn after another, The Devil's Punchbowl confirms that Greg Iles is America's master of suspense.

Win Lose Repeat

My Life As a Gambler, from Coin Pushers to Financial Spread-betting

Author: Chris Stringman

Publisher: Ortus Press

ISBN: 9781911383086

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 5479

Chris Stringman gambled, and lost, 130,000, destroying his savings, losing his car and almost his house, but he managed to escape his addiction just before he fell over the precipice. This is not a book about how to win, rather a book about how not to lose - essentially a self-help book for the delusional gambler. The author explores the gambling industry in a way that hasn't been done before. His personal demon was spread-betting and much of the book is focused on that industry. He explains how it operates, how it sucks gamblers in and keeps them there. He goes on to look at high-street bookies, fruit machines, casinos, poker and bingo. He also looks at how and why we gamble. Full of humour throughout and written in an accessible style, the book sets out to entertain as well as educate. York has produced a handbook for both the gambling addict and those who see it as 'just' an innocent hobby. He gives practical guidance on how to escape the clutches of gambling and how to spot the signs in others.

Tony 10

The Astonishing Story of the Double Life of the Gambling Postman Who Lost E10,000,000

Author: Declan Lynch,Tony O'Reilly

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780717179701

Category:

Page: 304

View: 7528

Tony 10 was the online betting username of Tony O''Reilly, the postman who became front-page news in 2011 after he stole e1.75 million from An Post while he was a branch manager in Gorey. He used the money to fund a gambling addiction that began with a bet of e1 and eventually rose to e10 million, leading to the loss of his job, his family, his home - and winning him a prison sentence. From the heart-stopping moments in a hotel room in Cyprus with his wedding money riding on the Epsom Derby, to the euphoria of winning half a million over a weekend, to the late goals and the horses falling at the last fence, Tony 10 is the story of an ordinary man''s journey from normality to catastrophe. At times, he vowed to get out while he was ahead, only to be taken by another surge of adrenaline, falling deeper and deeper into a compulsion that consumed his life. His disappearance on the morning the fraud was discovered led to a surreal three days on the run in Northern Ireland, and ultimately his arrest, conviction and sentencing to four years in jail. Tony 10 is a mesmerising story of the secret life of a pathological gambler - as well as the most compelling account yet of the damage wrought by the online gambling industry. ''As hair-raising as the downfall reads, O''Reilly''s story grips to the end as a context of humanity replaces the sweat-browed hijinks.'' Hilary A White, The Sunday Independent ''This is a spine-tingling tale, beautifully told, and at the end of the rollercoaster ride there''s even a happy ending.'' Damian Corless, The Irish Independent ''A brilliant, nerve-shredding account of one man''s gambling addiction - and every word of it true. Would highly recommend it.'' Paul Howard ''Shocking, hugely readable and deeply important'' The Irish Examiner ''Remarkable story'' The Sunday World ''A fascinating story'' Daithí Ó Sé ''A startling illustration of the silent devastation that gambling can inflict'' The Racing Post ''Tony 10 is easily one of the best non-fiction books of the year'' Hot Press ''A fascinating and often incredible read'' - Barry Glendenning The Guardian
Sports & Recreation

The Perfect Punter

A Year of Losing Everything and Trying to Win It All Back

Author: Dave Farrar

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408164914

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 6591

Like millions of other sports-mad gamblers around the world, Dave Farrar loved taking on the bookies. But when the girl that he loved walked out on him without explaining why, it all went wrong and he embarked on an ill-disciplined six-month losing streak that made him decide that he was done with punting forever. As he started to get over the fact that the girl wasn't coming back, he resolved not to give up without a fight. But this time, he was going to do it properly, making sure that he did enough research to take on the bookmakers and win. In The Perfect Punter, Farrar delves into the detail of every sporting event he'd lost money on in that bad run to make sure that, whenever he placed a bet in the future, he would know more about it than anyone else. He travels around the world following the sporting calendar, meeting experts who help him get to the bottom of each event so he can try to win back every penny that he lost. From snooker at the Crucible and racing at Cheltenham, to tennis at Roland Garros, golf's Ryder Cup and the US Superbowl, The Perfect Punter is the engrossing story of one man's journey to overcome the odds.
Fiction

My Ántonia

Author: Willa Cather

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048611483X

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 8402

Splendid early novel (1918) evokes the Nebraska prairie life of the author's childhood, and touchingly commemorates the spirit and courage of the immigrant pioneers who settled the land.

Alcoholics Anonymous

The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism

Author: Alcoholics Anonymous

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781258461805

Category:

Page: 410

View: 5761

Bereavement

Beauty from Ashes

Readings for Times of Loss

Author: Jennifer Rees Larcombe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781841017440

Category: Bereavement

Page: 144

View: 3524

'When my life seemed burnt to ashes, the last thing I could cope with was reading lengthy Bible passages, yet the Bible contains many verses which encourage and comfort people who are grappling with grief and loss. I began collecting these verses and sticking them all over my kitchen walls! My favourite verse reminded me that God could transform the ashes of my life into something new and beautiful. This book grew out my collection of "kitchen verses" combined with some of the practical tips and helpful ideas, given to me at the time by others who know how it feels from personal experience'. This is a new edition of a BRF classic that has, over the years, helped and comforted many people walking the hard road of grieving. Forty readings offer gentle guidance and consolation, from the earliest stage of groping for God's presence to realising the beginnings of new life and hope. The book has four sections: The early stages, Walking through question marks, Dealing with the Lurkers and The return of spring.
Compulsive gamblers

Keith Gillespie: How Not to be a Football Millionaire

Author: Keith Gillespie,Daniel McDonnell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781908695796

Category: Compulsive gamblers

Page: 320

View: 402

Keith Gillespie is renowned as a footballer who liked a bet. And lost a lot. One afternoon he added up how much he had gambled away during the course of his professional career. It made for uncomfortable reading. This is his story.