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Arthur S. Reber

Non-Academic Vita 


2226 Sunrise Drive
Point Roberts, WA

Born March 11, 1940 (Philadelphia, PA)
Married, three children, five grandchildren


Education— formal
BA (1961) University of Pennsylvania, Psychology
MA (1965) Brown University, Psychology
Ph.D. (1967) Brown University, Psychology


Education— informal
Poker rooms and casinos in North America and Europe, race tracks on both coasts (though mainly the big three in NY, Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga. Friendships with poker professionals, media and communications consultants and several successful bookies and two favorite uncles who were devoted horse handicappers.

I’ve been a free-lance writer, essayist and columnist since the early 1990s on poker, gambling, risk taking and related topics. Much of my writing has psychological elements to it.


Writer and essayist for national magazines
Fun ‘N’ Games
Casino Player
Strictly Slots
Poker Pro

Writer and essayist, occasional contributor  
Daily Racing Form
Card Player
Poker Digest

Internet sites, regular contributor to:
Poker Listings
Titan Poker

The New Gambler’s Bible. (1996) Crown Paperbacks (Random House). Selected as one of the Top 10 Books on Gambling and Gaming by The Gambler’s Book Club, Las Vegas, NV.

Gambling for Dummies. (2001) Co-authored with Lou Krieger and Richard Harroch (Hungry Minds Books). An overview of gambling in all of its variety written in the classic “dummies” style.

Poker, Life and Other Confusing Things. (2012) ConJelCo Press. A collection of essays on poker and life from a psychologist’s perspective.

Xero to Sixty (2015). A novel tracing the life of a literate poker-playing layabout.

Invited Addresses
On Ethical Issues, Public Morality, and Institutional Gaming. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking. Las Vegas, NV

Related Academic Works
Reber, A. S. (2012). The EVF Model of Gambling: A novel framework for understanding gambling and, by extension, poker. Gaming Research and Review Journal, 16, 63-80.

Weiss, S. M. & Reber, A. S. (2012). Curing the dreaded “Steve Blass” disease. Journal of Sports Psychology in Action, 3, 171-181.