Radical Blackjack (New!)

(Huntington Press 2021)

 is a professional gambling memoir unlike any other book on how to make money gambling. These are the methods I used personally to win money in the casinos while keeping casino managers friendly.

Most books on professional blackjack focus on how to count cards, how much to bet, and when to alter playing decisions based on the count.  I’ve already written about that stuff.  That’s not this book.

Instead, Radical Blackjack focuses on professional techniques and tactics and how they actually work in real life, at real blackjack tables, even when you’re playing for high stakes and you know you’re being watched closely.

I talk about shuffle-tracking and hole-carding tricks and plays like edge-sorting you may never have heard of.  I tell real-life stories of playing with partners and teams of the best professional gamblers in the world.

I also provide a comprehensive treatment of the value of loss rebates for high-stakes and moderate-stakes players, including in online casinos, the secrets behind some of the most famous gambling stories in history, and lots more.  This is the stuff I never wrote about before because I was using these methods personally.

In this book, you will see how the most valuable techniques in professional gambling work in real life – when they’re going right and when they’re going so badly the casino is ready to have you arrested.

Learning to count cards is just the start. If you’re serious about making money in the casinos, let this book teach you to think like a professional gambler.  Of all the gambling books I’ve written, this is my personal favorite.

List price: $39.95, now available on a prepublication sale for $29.96 if purchased direct through the publisher here. (Scheduled to be in print by February 1, 2021)

The Poker Tournament Formula

(Cardoza Publishing 2006)

This book specifically deals with making money in the “fast” no-limit hold ’em tournaments that are so popular in poker rooms all over the country these days. These are the small buy-in tournaments (usually $20 to $200) that last only a few hours from start to finish.

Most poker rooms offer tournaments like these every day, and some offer multiple such tournaments every day. The number of players usually range from 20 to 200. Tournaments like these are very different from the big buy-in tournaments we see on TV and the strategies for beating these tournaments are also unique. If you want to win consistently at these types of events, you’ve got to learn how to win when you’re getting dealt inferior cards.


Introduction (Or, Why a New Approach to Poker Tournaments is Long Overdue)

1. The Waiting Game vs. the Hunting Game
2. How to Play Texas Hold’em
3. The Patience Factor

4. Meet the Weapons: Rock, Paper, Scissors
5. Position Basic Strategy
6. Card Strategy I: Hands and Moves
7. Card Strategy II: Outs and Odds
8. Player Types
9. The Chip Strategy
10. Rebuys and Add-Ons

11. Know Your Cards
12. Bounties
13. Bluffing
14. Showing Your Cards
15. Table Image
16. Mistakes
17. Taking a Stand
18. Laydowns
19. The Accidental Nuts
20. The Wolf Pack Instinct
21. Chopping It Up
22. Satellites
23. Last-Longer Bets—Everybody into the Pool!
24. Break Out of the Mold
25. The Luck Factor
26. Cheating and “Semi-Cheating”
27. Tournament Skills Check List

28.  How Much Money Do You Need?
29. How Field Size Affects Tournament Speed
30. Conclusion: What I Can’t Teach You

Poker Tournament Secrets (formerly The Poker Tournament Formula 2)

(Cardoza Publishing 2017)

PokerTournament Secrets by Arnold SnyderThis book follows up on The Poker Tournament Formula, concentrating this time on the longer, slower, bigger buy-in, professional events.

It introduces the concept of “chip utility,” which I consider to be one of the most important factors in determining who wins and who busts out in the major tournaments.

The book is considered controversial by many tournament “experts,” as my advice flies in the face of a lot of the traditional thinking on poker tournaments. If you want a solid foundation in tournament logic, read this book.

The Poker Tournament Formula II:

Advanced Strategies for Big Money Tournaments
Intro: Most of What You Know Is Wrong

PART ONE: Principles
1. The Big Secret: Chip Utility
2. Analyzing a Tournament’s Structure: The Utility Factor
3. Utility Odds

4.  Smallball vs. Longball vs. Utility
5.  Shifting Gears
6. Bluffs, Reads, and the Psychology of Theft
7. Attitude:  Twistin’ the Knife with a Smile
8. Table Image:  The Fear Factor

PART THREE: Strategies
9.  The Five Phases of a Poker Tournament
10.  Phase One:  Stack Building—Take Their Chips While They’re Napping
11.  Phase Two:  The Minefield
12. Phase Three:  The Bubble—A Buffet of Chip Sandwiches
13. Phase Four:  The Money—Exploiting Mass Relief
14. Phase Five:  The Final Table—Last Chance to Screw Up
15. Cashing Out

PART FOUR:  For Hardcore Players Only
Appendix A:  Bankrolling Your Play
Appendix B.  Satellites: Are They Worth It? (Satellites and Risk of Ruin)
Appendix C.  “True M” vs. Harrington’s M

Blackbelt in Blackjack

(RGE 1983, revised 1998, Cardoza revised 2005)

This is my card counter’s bible.

Subtitled “Playing 21 as a Martial Art,” this book will take you from being a rank beginner who’s not even sure about the rules of how to play to a level of skill that will rank you with the top professional players.

It provides three different counting systems, each fully developed and optimized for maximum profitability with ease of use, complete instructions on how to practice and test your skills, the most comprehensive advice on bankrolling your play, plus detailed instructions on how to camouflage your play so you don’t look like a card counter even when you’re beating the casinos consistently.

If blackjack’s your game, or you want to make blackjack your game, this is your book.

Blackbelt in Blackjack Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. The Great Blackjack Hoax
3. How to Play Casino Blackjack
4. Basic Strategy
5. The Red Seven Count
6. The Hi-Lo Lite
7. True Count
8. The Zen Count
9. Phony Systems
10. Problem Gambling
11. Table Conditions
12. How Much Money Do I Need?
13. Special Rules
14. Professional Betting Strategies
15. The Unencountered Counter
16. Card Counting and the Law
17. Team Play
18. Shuffle Tracking
19. More Secrets of the Pros
20. Comprehensive Strategy Charts
21. Recommended Source Material

The Big Book of Blackjack

(Cardoza Publishing 2006)

I don’t care how much you think you know about blackjack, I guarantee this book will teach you a hundred things you didn’t know.

In addition to the “normal” stuff like basic strategy and card counting, you learn about the history of the game from its very beginnings in the 16th century to its introduction in America, first in the early east coast colonies, then on the New Orleans riverboats, then in the wild west.

You’ll learn the history of card counting systems, the crazy arguments the early experts got into about how to win at the game, and how the game expanded in the U.S. to become the casinos’ most profitable table game.

You’ll learn about the weirdest blackjack rules ever dreamed up, the most complicated card counting systems ever published, and there’s even a section of blackjack poetry. This book’s for hardcore blackjack addicts.

Big Book of Blackjack — Table of Contents
Introduction:  Blackjack: The War for the Money
1. The Long Slow Birth of the Most Popular Card Game in the World
2. Blackjack in the Wild West
3. Ed Thorp versus the World
4. Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!
5. Big Boom on the Boardwalk
6. Indians, Riverboats, Lawsuits, and Loot
7. Playing the Game
8. Playing the Game Right
9. The Odd Truth about “Even Money”
10. Meet the Cards
11. How to Count Cards
12. Rules, Rules, Rules, and More Rules
13. How to Beat “Over/Under 13”
14. How to Beat “Royal Match”
15. How to Beat “Super Sevens”
16. How to Beat “Lucky Ladies”
17. How to Beat “Spanish 21”
18. How to Beat “Super Fun 21”
19. How to Beat “Double Exposure”
20. How to Beat “Blackjack Switch”
21. How to Beat Those Weird California Games
22. Like It or Not, You Are the Enemy
23. Winning Is Dangerous
24. Cheating? At Blackjack?
25. The Eye in the Sky
26. Team Play
27. Hole Cards, Devices, Shuffle Tracking, and Nevada-Style “Justice”
28. The Blackjack Hall of Fame
29. Twenty-One Questions
30. Poetry
31. Blackjack Reality versus Blackjack Hype

Blackjack Wisdom

(RGE 1997)

Since the early 1980’s, I’ve written about 500 articles for gambling periodicals. Blackjack Wisdom is a compilation of 82 of these articles that were published in the 15-year period between 1982 and 1997, loosely organized by subject matter.

This book, published in 1997, remains one of my personal favorites. It’s all short essays, mostly disconnected stories about playing blackjack, with very little math. I had a lot of fun writing these essays, especially the true stories about how the pros play, including myself.

Blackjack Wisdom — Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Bachelor of Counting
3. Faulty Logic
4. Dumb Strategies
5. Smart Strategies
6. On Going Pro
7. War Games
8. Team Attacks
9. Rules, Rules
10. Weird Stuff
11. Other Games
12. Experts, Schmexperts
13. Afterwords

The Blackjack Shuffle Tracker’s Cookbook

(Huntington Press 2003)

Of all my blackjack books, this one is the least accessible to the average player. It assumes the reader is a card counter at a professional level, and one who is willing to devote many hours to practicing drills that will test and train a player to track simple to advanced casino-style shuffles at a professional level.

I’m not even going to bother printing an excerpt or the table of contents. If you’re a serious blackjack player and you think you might be interested in this book, if you click the “BUY NOW” button, it will take you to the publisher’s website where you can get a bit more information and purchase the book if you’re interested. Sorry, it’s not available on Amazon.

 Beat the Deck Series

Beat the 1-Deck Game (RGE 1987, Cardoza revised 2005)

Beat the 2-Deck Game (RGE 1987, Cardoza revised 2005)

Beat the 4-Deck Game (RGE 1987, Cardoza revised 2005)

Beat the 6-Deck Game (RGE 1987, Cardoza revised 2005)

Beat the 8-Deck Game (RGE 1987, Cardoza revised 2005)

Okay, what I said about the Blackjack Shuffle Tracker’s Cookbook above applies to this set of five booklets (not really books) as well. The 8-deck guide is pictured. They’re 64 pages each, mostly charts of numbers that would be of interest to serious card counters who want to analyze a game’s profitability with a counting system, based on the deck penetration and betting strategy. Did I lose you yet?

These, like my shuffle-tracking book, are not available at Amazon, but you can purchase them directly from the publisher if you’re interested.

The Blackjack Formula (RGE 1980)

Blackjack for Profit (RGE 1981)

These are the first two books I wrote on blackjack, and mainly of historical interest now.  They’re both long out-of-print and obsolete, not because they’re inaccurate, but because casino blackjack games have changed radically in the thirty-plus years since these books were written, and inexpensive easy-to-use computer programs now exist that will provide the data you’re looking for.

I included some of the still-useful material in Blackjack for Profit in the last edition of Blackbelt in Blackjack (above), but if you’re interested in getting these books, you’ll have to find used copies on Amazon, Alibris, or Ebay.

How to Beat the Internet Casinos and Poker Rooms

(Cardoza Publishing 2006)

Back in 2006 when I wrote this book, there were thousands of professional gamblers making big money in the online casinos. This book describes the methods we used and all the tricks of the trade for beating the Internet casinos at their own game.

Then along came Uncle Sam and a new law called the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) and the play was pretty much over for high stakes players in the U.S.

But if the feds ever legalize online gambling again, or if you live in a country where Internet gambling is still legal, or if you’re just interested in reading about the easiest way to make a lot of money gambling that ever existed, you’ll enjoy this book.  (Note: This is not a poker strategy book. It’s about hustling online bonuses.)


PART I: Beating Online Casinos

PART II: Making Money in
Internet Poker Rooms


Risk of Ruin

(Vegas Lit, an imprint of Huntington Press 2012)

The catchy back-cover slogan we came up with for Barnes and Noble is:

She’s God.
He’s a gambler.
It’s a match made in Heaven… or Hell.

Risk of Ruin is a story of crime, passion, and redemption that attempts to answer a question that has tormented gambling men since Adam placed an all-in bet on Eve: Is she worth the risk?

(Now available)

Read an excerpt from Risk of Ruin

“…a blackjack-playing biker, tattoo artist becomes obsessed with a 16-year-old stripper who thinks she’s God … a wild hallucinatory ride …”
— Richard Munchkin, author of Gambling Wizards

“… If you start reading it tonight, your butt is going to be dragging tomorrow.”
— Max Rubin, author of Comp City)


My professional writing career began in 1972 with Greenleaf Classics, writing pulp smut novels.  I was always interested in writing about sex and delusion as the primary forces in men’s lives, and Greenleaf seemed like a way of writing about that under cover, while making an easy living.

I wrote about writing for Greenleaf in an essay at Write-aholic:  The Lost Meat Spear Manuscript.

It turned out to be a fairly easy living, but not a way to write about anything I cared about, and after a while I wanted my brain back.  But I never got over wishing I could have been allowed to do more with the form.  So I’ve recently decided to finish my writing career the same way I started it.

But this time, I’ll do it on my terms. I’m not just writing smut; I’m writing comedy smut, literary smut, under cover—in short, smut for nerds, the kind of smut I always wanted to read, but wasn’t being published.

For easy navigation, scroll down to links to the first chapter of each of my Smut4Nerds novels directly below. Or click straight to Transplant or Pink Wedge  or When the Wolfbane Blooms.


He was a plant trapped in a man’s body. She was a woman trapped in a plant’s body. They called themselves transplants and for years they suffered in silence.

Transplant is a story of love and betrayal, heroism and photosynthesis.  Buy at Amazon or click on the chapters below.

Chapter One

Pink Wedge

Arnold Snyder's Pink WedgeExistence is a game of tag, and everyone gets a turn at being God. Suddenly, you get the tap on your shoulder and, “You’re it.”

Don Huxton, retired bookkeeper, just got tagged. It’s his turn to create. Anything. Everything. It’s not easy being God. Good thing he has Lulu to help him make decisions. A romance, more or less.

Buy at Amazon or click on the chapters below.

Chapter One

When the Wolfbane Blooms

To Dustin Cathcart, werewolves were his business. As CEO of Lupine Solutions, he had access to a database of more than 1300 werewolves nationwide.

The only problem—he couldn’t think of a damn thing anyone could possibly use a werewolf for. They were clumsy, rude, antisocial, and on occasion developed a taste for human flesh.

But Dustin wasn’t going to let those impediments to his dream get in the way of business, especially not after he joined forces with Bridget Baskervilles, the sexiest babe in Strait City.

Buy at Amazon or click on the chapters below.

Chapter One


The Seven Spiritual Laws of Making Big Bucks

(RGE 1998)

What do all the great spiritual leaders of the world have in common?  From Pat Robertson to the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, from Jimmy Swaggart to Pope Benedict XVI, all the great holy men of our time share one common trait:

They’re rich!

Now, at last Deepockets Chokya reveals the cosmic secrets the other religious leaders have been hiding from you—how to use the Seven Spiritual Laws of the Universe to really rake in the loot!

Finally, a spiritual leader who makes sense to Americans. Deepockets Chokya is the reviled leader of the human impotential movement. He is the pseudonymous hack writer of more than eleven hundred worthless pamphlets on how to get rich quick, pick up girls, lose weight, cure cancer, clear your sinuses, get rid of your acne, grow hair, make your cellulite disappear, enlarge your penis, enhance your breasts, increase your vocabulary, and be immortal. Some of his best-selling titles include: Swindling the Elderly, How to Hypnotize Total Strangers to Do Your Bidding, and Creative Flatulence. Wanted in twelve states for fraud, he continues to flaunt the law by regularly appearing on TV talk shows and teaching seminars on how to pay off judges when you’re in trouble with the postal inspectors.

Chapter One: The Law of Pure Greed
Chapter Two: The Law of Taking
Chapter Three: The Law of Helping Others to Reap Their Bad Karma
Chapter Four: The Law of Getting Something for Nothing
Chapter Five: The Law of Never Giving a Sucker an Even Break
Chapter Six: The Law of Total Detachment, or Perfect Heartlessness
Chapter Seven: The Law of Wallowing in Weirdness, or The Purpose of Life


Topless Vegas

(Huntington Press 2009)

I review all of the Las Vegas strip clubs, topless casino shows, topless pools, and bars/nightclubs with various types of topless or erotic entertainment, such as wet T-shirt contests, bikini bull-riding contests, burlesque nights, porn star karaoke, etc.

I provide my honest opinions on the clubs and shows (and prices), including detailed information on what’s legal, which clubs are ripoffs, which clubs have the best shows, the best dancers, what you can expect in the VIP rooms, which clubs the locals prefer and why, and the best Vegas strip club for your budget, large or small.

You can now find this content on my website, Topless Vegas Online.


Part OneThe Strip Clubs
1 Why Do Men Go to Strip Clubs?
2 Topless vs Nude
3 Strip Club Etiquette
4 Strip Club Particulars / Club Map
5 Best of the Best
6 Choosing a Strip Club Based on Your Budget
7 The Strip Club Ratings
8 Reviewing the Topless Clubs
9 Reviewing the Nude Clubs

Part TwoTopless Pools
10 Overview of the Pools
11 Topless Pools Reviewed

Part ThreeNightclubs and Casino Shows
12 Overview of the Nightclubs
13 Nightclubs Reviewed
14 Overview of the Shows
15 Casino Shows Reviewed
Appendix I—Monday Night Football Parties
Appendix II—The Taxi Wars
Appendix III—Interview with a Las Vegas Stripper
Appendix IV—Glossary


Sudoku Formula 1

(Cardoza Publishing 2010)

This is the first book in my three-book Sudoku Formula series. It provides the basic logic of solving Sudoku puzzles and is a good book for beginners, with simple tips and tricks to help you solve easy to moderately difficult puzzles faster.

The discussion of Sudoku logic is quite a bit more detailed than you’ll find in most Sudoku books, with 75 pages devoted to explaining the elementary principles.

Sudoku Formula 1 also includes 200 new puzzles to entertain and challenge yourself with.

Sudoku Formula 2

(Cardoza Publishing 2010)

Book two in my Sudoku Formula series picks up where Sudoku Formula 1 leaves off. This book also has a 70-page section up front describing advanced techniques for solving the more difficult puzzles.

By the time you get through this book, you should be able to solve just about any puzzles, including the five-star difficult puzzles you’ll find in popular newspapers or magazines.

Sudoku Formula 2 also includes 200 new puzzles to entertain and challenge yourself with.

Sudoku Formula 3

(Cardoza Publishing 2010)

The third and final book of my Sudoku Formula series is for hardcore Sudoku addicts who want to be able to solve the extreme puzzles that are found only in Sudoku books that come with warning labels.

With 115 pages describing and simplifying the advanced logic techniques, such as x-wings, swordfish, slipknots, cycles, and impossible forces, this book will turn you into a Sudoku Master!

Sudoku Formula 3 also includes 200 new puzzles to entertain and challenge yourself with.

Sudoku IQ Challenge

(Cardoza Publishing 2012)

This is one of the weirdest Sudoku books I’ve written and probably one of the most unusual ever published. I developed a method whereby Sudoku puzzles could be used to test a person’s IQ.

I believe it may be one of the most accurate methods of IQ testing ever devised, as solving Sudoku puzzles use only logic–no math training is necessary, no language skills, and no cultural influences affect decisions.

Sudoku IQ Challenge includes seven levels of difficulty and 250 new puzzles to entertain and challenge yourself with.

Sadistic Sudoku

(Cardoza Publishing 2012)

Welcome to the world of Sadistic Sudoku, my best-selling Sudoku book, where every puzzle is guaranteed to twist your brain into knots.

These are not the puzzles you’ll find in your daily newspaper, and there are no easy ones sprinkled throughout this collection. I’ve hand-created 200 brutally awesome puzzles for you in this book—each one designed to sizzle your brain, frazzle your nerves, and make you tear out your hair in frustration!

Every one can be solved using the methods described in my Sudoku Formula series, but if you haven’t read that series, good luck!

Genius Sudoku

(Cardoza Publishing 2012)

The 200 puzzles in this book are all difficult to solve by Sudoku standards. But you can solve all of them using basic logic—no guesswork required.

Unlike a lot of puzzle authors, I don’t use computer programs to generate new Sudoku. I personally handcraft all of my puzzles to give you plenty of challenges with a unique flair you won’t find anywhere else.

If you’re familiar with the technique of listing “candidates” for empty cells, you’ll find it quite useful in working these puzzles, along with my own method of using “key numbers” for empty cells that’s fully explained in Sudoku Formula 2.

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