What Every Gambler Should be ReadingDecember 10, 2018
It feels good to read a book that talks about gambling and the good news is that there are many gambling books. Gambling has existed for more than a century before online casinos emerged. Today, there is plenty of information about Vegas and successful mathematician gamblers. However, it’s important to know that there are many fake stories about winning strategies. Our gambler’s reading list will save you from such stories.
Al Alvarez: The Biggest Game in Town
Al Alvarez’s book is a great option whether you love Las Vegas or poker. The author describes his 1981 Las Vegas trip to the World Series of Poker event. He also talks about poker in Vegas, great gamblers and their tactics, and anxious beginners. His book has inspired many Texas Hold’em fans.
Ben Mezrich: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
We all know card counting and Mezrich’s book shows us how MIT pros did it and the challenges they had to deal with. It’s a great story.
David G. Schwartz: Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling
This books talks about the history of gambling and explains how the game of craps has made it despite the challenges. Schwartz also explores the relationship between culture, religion, and gambling.
Andrew Brisman: American Mensa Guide to Casino Gambling: Winning Ways
Brisman’s book helps you comprehend casino games. It’s all about the odds and what makes casinos thrive in their business. It contains the information you need to boost your winning chances.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: The Gambler
The Gambler is a story about a young person who is addicted to roulette. It’s a bad story about a novice who loses more than his earnings while gambling. It reminds us to be careful gamblers.
Nicholas Pileggi: Casino
Casino is a great gambling story that inspired Martin Scorsese’s film Goodfellas. This novel talks about Mafias in Vegas in the twentieth century. It tells the story of Antony Spilotro and Frank Rosenthal’s falling empire, violence, betrayal, and sex.
Hunter Thompson: Fearing and Loathing in Las Vegas
Thompson presents another interesting gambling story about greed and drug-related issues. Both the novel and the 1998 film have a significant impact.
Ian Fleming: Casino Royale
Casino Royale is a 1953 novel about Agent 007’s first mission in the attempt to defeat Le Chiffre, the leader of an evil agency. It’s a James Bond story, so you should expect some romance and gunshots.
Michael Shackleford (Wizard of Odds): Gambling 102
Michael Shackleford is a renowned gambling expert. His book teaches us how to play 19 different casino games including blackjack.
Nelson Algre: The Man with the Golden Arm
This fascinating story was written after World War 2. It talks about a former convict known as Francis Majcinek. Francis tries to keep off heroin and plays cards in Chicago. The story inspired a 1950s movie featuring Frank Sinatra.
Are you familiar with these books and other books about gambling? Let us know your experience if you have read them.