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Ready to Read the 10 top Gambling Books?

Published on December 11, 2019, 2:26 pm

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Luck is not the only thing you need to succeed in gambling. Excellent skills, wit and knowing how to read your opponents can all give you an edge at the blackjack or poker tables. A good gambling book can teach you skills, to inspire and motivate you to play like an expert. That's why we've compiled a list of the best gambling books for you.

  1. Beating the Casinos at their own Game

Peter Svoboda's 'Beating the Casinos at their own Game' was written with new gamblers in mind. As such, it talks about casinos, major games, and how to play them skillfully without assuming you have prior knowledge in gambling.

So, if you are a beginner casino player who wants to learn more about gambling before you dip your feet into it, 'Beating the casinos' is a great book. It's also a beautifully designed book you could gift a friend interested in learning about casino games.

Beating the Casinos at their own Game
Peter Svoboda's book 'Beating the Casinos at their own Game'
  1. A Man of All Markets

Edward Thorp’s ‘A Man of Many Markets’ shares the story of one of the most respected men in the casino world in his own words. If you’ve never heard of him, Thorp is a mathematician, a Wall Street investor and a blackjack enthusiast who pioneered card counting.

Thorp also wrote the hugely successful blackjack book: Beat the dealer. In the book, he successfully proved you could beat the house advantage by using math to count cards. Read a comprehensive review of the book at You’ll also find more gambling books, notably guides, biographies, history books and fictional works.

  1. Casino Royale

Raise your hand if you loved the movie ‘Casino Royale’ starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. It's action-packed, witty, hilarious and inspiring despite exaggerating Bond's poker skills. Nonetheless, you can also read the book that inspired the movie.

Authored by Ian Fleming, Casino Royale is gambling fiction at its finest. It doesn’t talk about poker, though. In the book, Bond attempts to stop the terrorist financier Le Chiffre in a game of Baccarat. It’s also the book in a series of Bond books by Ian Fleming. So, if you love it, there are lots of other books by the author to read.

  1. Casino

While Casino Royale is a fictional thriller, Nicholas Pileggi's ‘Casino’ shares intriguing stories of mobsters while they operated most casinos in Las Vegas back in the 70s. Pileggi was a crime reporter back then. As such, his book details real-life encounters with infamous mobsters Tony Spilotro and Lefty Rosenthal and how they took down other mobsters to run Las Vegas.

  1. The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King

Michael Craig’s ‘The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King’ is yet another good read you need to read if you love casino games. It’s based on a true story of how an amateur poker player devised unique tactics to take down some of the best high-profile poker players in Las Vegas.

The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King
Michael Craig’s book ‘The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King

Craig was a regular at the Bellagio poker room when he wrote the book, but he followed the gambling life of Andy Beal from his early beginnings to his unprecedented success in Vegas. The book also details the life of Doyle Brunson, another high roller who worked with a team of difficult millionaire gamblers.

  1. Bringing Down the House

The story of six MIT students who made millions in Las Vegas counting cards has been told countless times. But if you want to get the full story, read Ben Mezrich’s 'Bringing Down the House.' Not only does Ben talk about who the players were, but he also explains the entire process of how they won blackjack games in Las Vegas.

The MIT team took inspiration from Edward Thorpe in his book, ‘Beat the Dealer, as Ben explains. They also counted cards legally although casinos didn’t particularly love them for it.

  1. Duelling with Kings

Daniel Barbarisi’s Duelling with Kings talks about the fast-growing world of daily fantasy sports. In addition to explaining DFS, the journalist also goes into detail about betting on fantasy sports.

As he explains, Barbarisi was an avid sports fan in the 1980s. But after years of frustrations and losses, he decided to get close with veteran bettors to learn from them. The journalist gives special attention to fantasy hockey and how he became good at it, learning the ways of more successful punters.

  1. Roll the Bones

They say experience is the best teacher. But when it comes to gambling, the best way to learn is through the failures and successes of others. Lucky for you, David Schwartz wrote ‘Roll the Bones’ so that you know exactly how not to gamble based on the mishaps of a few famous gamblers.

First off, Schwartz shares the histories of some of the most popular card games and how they work. He then goes into detail about renowned gamblers like Voltaire, the French author who figured how to win at the lottery and won 9 million Francs. But on the other hand, he also talks about Fyodor Dostoyevsky and others who lost vast sums of money by using unwise tactics.

Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling
David Schwartz book 'Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling'
  1. The Smart Money

After you learn how to gamble in ‘Roll the Bones,’ consider reading Michael Konik’s ‘The Smart Money’ to learn smart ways to win at betting. Being an American journalist, Michael's betting stories revolve around the USA and how to beat bookmakers in US casinos. But the fundamentals Michael teaches can be applied everywhere in the world.

  1. Video Poker for the Intelligent Beginner

Video poker is a pretty standard game at both online and land-based casinos. Yet, few people talk about it at poker conversations. Fortunately, poker champion Bob Dancer cared enough to write a detailed guide on how to beat the house at video poker.

Bob, who made a living as a poker player for decades, shares some of his best betting strategies and tips in the book. And considering he was a profitable gambler, you could learn a lot of great ideas in the book.


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