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The Casino, Card and Betting Game Reader: Communities, Cultures, and Play
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The Casino, Card and Betting Game Reader: Communities, Cultures, and Play (Hardback)

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Casino games and traditional card games have rich and idiosyncratic histories, complex subcultures and player practices, and facilitate the flow of billions of dollars each year through casinos and card rooms, and between professional players and amateurs. They have nevertheless been overlooked by game scholars due to the negative ethical weight of "gambling" - with such games pathologized and labelled as deviance or mental illness, few look beyond to unpick the games, their players, and their communities.



The Casino, Card and Betting Game Reader offers 25 chapters studying the communities playing these games, the distinctive cultures and practices that have emerged around them, their activities and beliefs and interpersonal relationships, and how these games influence - both positively and negatively - the lives and careers of millions of game players around the world. It is the first of a new series of edited collections, Play Beyond the Computer, dedicated to exploring the play of games beyond computers and games consoles.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesMedia StudiesScience & MathematicsMathematicsOptimizationGame theorySport & HobbiesHobbies, quizzes & gamesCard games Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Publication Date: 06/08/2020 ISBN-13: 9781501347252  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Mark R Johnson is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. His work focuses on the intersection of play and money, especially professional gaming cultures (both analog and digital). He is also a former professional poker player, an independent game developer, a regular freelance games writer, blogger, and podcaster.

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