According to the book description of The Secret Casino at Red Men's Hall,
"The sleepy town of Mt. Holly, New Jersey, was more than it seemed. In the
unsettled years following the Great Depression, it hosted the Secret Casino at
Red Men's Hall, an underground playground that attracted Mafia bosses and
players alike. Under the watchful and protective eye of author Samuel Valenza
Jr's father, the casino was a thriving den for craps, roulette, poker, and slots
players. The continuing cooperation of local law enforcement was assured each
Saturday morning, when Officer Bucky Squires made his pickup of payoff money
held for him in Mom's icebox. Growing up in this environment, the author's young
life was scarred with violence, fear, hunger, betrayal, and homelessness, while
his father enjoyed the high life with his powerful gangster associates. The
author was just six years old when Frank "Paulie" Carbo, a prolific Murder, Inc.
assassin, raided the casino and slaughtered his uncle, the casino handyman and
'gofer'-as a warning. The murder was the beginning of the end at Red Men's Hall,
which fell under intense scrutiny from the authorities. Using the narrative
style of a crime novel, Valenza recalls the intimate and often dangerous days of
a life lived in the shadow of the Mafia."
According to the book description of The Mathematics of Lottery Games,
"The basic mathematical structures of 3 digit, 4 digit and lotto games is
revealed, including odds calculations and how betting is defined by the the
games. The structure of full combination wheeling is explained as well as how
there is a mathematical edge in lotto games never exposed before."