Insider’s Guide To Internet Gambling

There was a time when a new book on Internet gambling was something of an event, but today a new book on the subject can sit around a while before being noticed. Such has been the case with John G. Brokopp’s Insider’s Guide To Internet Gambling (Bonus Books Inc., 2001).

 

Nothing against this particular book but with dozens of web sites, magazines, books, television shows, and newspaper articles making hash out of the same old information it’s hard to get excited about yet another offering of it.

 

Brokopp does, however, deserve credit and commendation for being the most down-to-earth writer on the subject I have ever read. In the first 30 pages of this book, you’ll have a very clear picture of what Internet gambling is and what you can expect if you decide to wager. He tells it straight and true.

 

In spite of what’s indicated in the Table of Contents (more on this later), there are three basic areas covered: 1) What is Internet Gambling and how do I do it?; 2) Game and betting analysis; and 3) Tips on choosing a casino, a web site, etc.

 

I could go into each section in detail but let’s opt for brevity on this one. As much as I praise Brokopp’s approach, I’m afraid to say that if you’ve spent any time at all gambling online, you probably won’t find many surprises in this book. If you’re a total newbie or just getting your feet wet, by all means enjoy. But I can’t say that I learned much, or anything, at least not about Internet gambling.

 

What I did learn was a whole lot about horse racing, handicapping and the rest of the equestrian scene on the web. Clearly this is Brokopp’s pet subject and I’d bet it’s why he wrote the book in the first place.

 

A big tip-off is the subtitle “Special Section on Horse Racing” on the cover pages, but the proof is the way Brokopp delivers this material with a healthy dose of affection. I’ll even admit to getting a little misty-eyed every now and again ’cause it’s clear that this guy truly, madly, deeply loves the ponies.

 

You’re in luck if horses are your thing, because no less than 1/3 of the 110 pages in Insider’s Guide are devoted to them. But again I can’t help but wonder whether the author is preaching to the converted. If you’re already a horseplayer, I’ll bet you know most of what he has to say. The historical passages may be of interest, though.

 

This section reveals the truth behind the text: Brokopp is hoping to introduce 789bet┬ápeople to the ponies. He’s trying to pass the old torch on to a new generation. I wish him all the best but I honestly wonder how many of the people that pick up this book are going to care.

 

One last thing: for whatever reason, the publisher has rolled the “what is …?” and the analysis material — items (1) and (2) mentioned above– into the same section of the book. I found this confusing and it left me with a muddled understanding of what Brokopp was saying. Once I went back and reviewed it things were clear, but needing to do so annoyed me somewhat. Unfortunately, the index didn’t help much either.

 

These organizational issues may be personal quibbles and you might find yourself unperturbed. Either way, they don’t significantly effect the overall value or impact of the book.

 

The bottom line? Rookies to Internet gambling should find Insider’s Guide informative and sobering, while more experienced readers will find it underwhelming. Would-be horseplaye