Frankly speaking, when you hear the world “gambling”, you don’t actually associate it with reading different literature. Nevertheless, there is still plenty of essential non-fiction and fiction literature about gambling. The book market is fulfilled with different kinds of exciting books, so it was rather hard to choose 10 best books about gamblers and gambling. Moreover, our experts had to leave out several pretty essential guides for gamblers, real-life profiles of the world-prominent gamblers and even some interesting novels. In the end, we understood that we have created a true mix of various styles and genres. In the list below you may find completely different topics from a prize-winning classic to some real-life criminal stories. Read our list of top 10 exciting books and enjoy!
CASINO: LOVE AND HORROR IN LAS VEGAS
Once you truly adore several exciting novels about real mobsters, hate and love, then this book was created for you! The book named “Casino : Love and Horror in Las Vegas” was written by Nelson Pileggi, who was working as a crime reporter. The main actions in the book describe the gambling scene in 1970s Las Vegas. The plot tells us about the dealings of the two mafioso named Anthony Spioltro and Frank Rosenthal. Moreover, there’s a prominent film adaptation of the book directed by Martin Scorsese. There you may find such star-studded cast as Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro.
BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE
Once you are an ordinary gambler, then you have probably heard about the technique called card counting which may help the gamblers to place their stakes properly. The professor of mathematics from MIT named Edward O. Thorp was the card counting pioneer researcher, who has described all the methods and probabilities of this technique. Nevertheless, there were six MIT students who made a research considering card counting while playing blackjack and placing amazingly high stakes at the most prominent casinos in the United States.
The team won a gigantic sum of money (around 3 million dollars) and dominated the casino edge by exploiting the methods of perfected mathematics which were applied to the blackjack rules. The book also shows us the hard work you should do so as to become a professional blackjack gambler.
Despite the fans of the book estimating it as a true real-life story, it also involves plenty of fictional elements worth to be mentioned. Nevertheless, once you are a true gambling enthusiast, the book is a perfect solution for you and a great inspiration.
- It’s not very complicated to pick out an educational and funny literature about gambling.
- In the list below you may find completely different topics from a prize-winning classic to some real-life criminal stories.
- There is still plenty of essential non-fiction and fiction literature about gambling.
THE BIGGEST GAME IN TOWN
It’s not actually a book, but a documentation of the WSP Tournament held in 1981. Al Alvarez has graduated from the Oxford University and adored poker, but he has never taken part in such gigantic poker tournaments as the World Series of Poker. Yes, he has an excellent educational background and he writes poems, but the participation at the tournament is rather thrilling. In the book the main character will meet the top poker-gamblers of that time and will witness the excitement of the most prominent and biggest poker tournament crowded with the professional high-rollers.
The book tells us about the endless energy and thrill during the three weeks of the WSP tournament. Moreover, the book describes the authentic culture of playing poker in the United States. You may feel the unique atmosphere of 1980s Las Vegas where thousands of gamblers are craving to win the biggest sum of money. For them poker is the way they live. The book is full of excitement and is written pretty well. Moreover, the Washington Post has reviewed it and marked it as “Thoroughly entertaining”.
Statistics proves that all the poker enthusiasts will be excited to know more about the poker atmosphere of the 1980s Las Vegas and to equate it with the modern poker industry of Las Vegas.
SHARP SPORTS BETTING
Once you adore sports betting, an ordinary book won’t change your mind anyway. In fact, all the skills are actually more practical, so it will be better to find a mentor. Moreover, the betting market tends to change every single hour, so once you have read a book about betting techniques, it might not be essential anymore by the time you have finished it.
Nevertheless, the book named Sharp Sports Betting has managed to keep all the important information any newcomer should know before placing his first bets. The book outlines all the main strategies and types of bets, helps the punter to learn more about the mathematical patterns and foundations that lie behind the sports betting and keeps the reader excited about the betting process. Despite the fact that the author adores the NFL, there’s still plenty of essential betting information worth reading about.
DUELLING WITH KINGS
Daily Fantasy Sports is a brand new industry, full of brutality and high competitiveness. Moreover, you shouldn’t hesitate while placing a bet there once you have already read this book. The book tells us a story about Daniel Barbarisi who appears in this billion-dollar system and during the whole plot is trying to understand how to deal with this harsh and brutal environment. The book has been recently published and now is extremely popular among those interested in betting. The book is remarkable as it actually manages to explain the truly chaotic environment of Daily Fantasy Sports as the majority of people have been considering it as an unusual extension to ordinary sports betting. It’s also essential to mention that this book is truly challenging, so once you are a sports bettor, “Duelling with kings” it’s a real must-read for you.
HOW TO MAKE $100,000 A YEAR GAMBLING FOR A LIVING
There are plenty of points of view about those gamblers who earn a living while gambling. The majority of people tend to think that such gamblers are amazingly rich and have luxury lifestyles, while others detest gamblers for some different reasons. Moreover, nobody prays for the professional gamblers for their hard work and plenty of practice which helped them to achieve brilliant experience.
Once you are craving to become a true professional while gambling, then it’s essential to use various mathematical patterns, passion and patience. Those gamblers who have mastered all the aforementioned skills go to the top of the professional tournaments and win there in flying colours. The book about making a living for true gamblers was written by Mason Malmuth and David Sklansky, where two authors explain in a simple and accessible way the casino titles and how to benefit while gambling.
BEATWEBCASINOS.COM: A SHREWD PLAYER'S GUIDE TO INTERNET GAMBLING
This book was published at the dawn of the 00s and stays truly actual and up-to-date in 2021 as well, as it describes the online gambling industry. Bill Haywood, as an author, writes about the benefits and drawbacks of online gambling and how to use various tips and tricks while gambling there. Moreover, the way he writes is truly engaging and funny, so the book is truly worth reading.
The book involves an all-round approach to the online gambling platforms with all their bonuses and other perks. You may find there a piece of advice on how to stay safe while playing online titles, which is extremely essential. Of course, as the book is rather old for the online gambling industry, some information isn’t up-to-date anymore, but the book is still a must-read for all the online punters.
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM
Actually, this book is worth to be included into our top-10 list, despite the fact that it’s main topic isn’t gambling. The story takes the reader back in the World War II days. You will be living the life of the ordinary soldier trying to put his whole life together. The main character was a talented musician dreaming about a successful music career, but in fact he now is taking night shifts at a gambling house so as to make a living.
The book is about gambling, passion, theft and drugs. This book written by the talented Nelson Algren won a National Book Award in the 50s, so it’s worth reading.
THE FRUGAL GAMBLER
When we are talking about the frugal gambling phenomena, it may seem pretty illogical in comparison with all the previous books mentioned. Nevertheless, it’s important to present the reader all the essential sides of such a game. When several gamblers wager 100,000 dollars on one poker hand and dress in Gucci and Prada, the others prefer making savvy and smart decisions about the entertainment they have.
The main goal of such frugal punters is to take an advantage of the house edge. This book tells us how to use coupons and get more comps after the flights and at the gambling houses. The Frugal Gambler by Jean Scott tells us about the calculated and less shiny steps to take as much advantage from one play as it’s possible.
Nevertheless, it’s not very complicated to pick out an educational and funny literature about gambling. Despite the fact that all the aforementioned books are worth reading, there are still thousands of exciting books about gambling, and we have selected the greatest out of them. It doesn’t matter whether you are craving to know more about card counting or simply entertain yourself with a fictional story - it’s up to you to choose.