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Gambling Book Reviews

Gambling Book Reviews

While we pride ourselves on offering some of the best casino advice around, there are experts who can advise you on specific games better than we can. It always helps to have a solid grounding in casino gameplay, but if you really want to step up a gear and become a professional player then you’ll need to seek out the help of gaming authorities. It’s for all these reasons and more that we bring you our book reviews, which feature some of the biggest names in the gambling industry.

Whether you’re interested in blackjack books, gambling systems, or general betting books, we've got you covered. By reading our reviews you’ll not only find out what the best gambling books offer, but you can also read short excerpts absolutely free. Of course, the internet gambling bibliography isn't limited to educational guides. We've also reviewed gripping historical recounts of the mob's stranglehold on Las Vegas, fantasy fiction, and so much more.

The majority of the books we review are written either by real gamblers, just like you, or casino workers, who can tell you the inside story on both Las Vegas and gambling. If you’re interested in really getting to grips with casino games, then make sure to check out our book reviews, details of which you’ll find below.

NEW! Top 50 Gambling Books of All Time has just released its compilation of the Top 50 Gambling Books of All Time. Want to know where 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' featured? Did 'Casino Royale' take the top prize? Find out here.

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Top 50 Gambling Books of All Time - 1 to 25

Browse through our top 25 books related to gambling, covering everything from factually based guide books to novels with Sin City as their backdrop.

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Top 50 Gambling Books of All Time - 26 to 50

Our top 50 continues, with even more works linked to the world of gambling. We're sure you'll find something to get lost in in no time!

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Lawyer's Poker

Steven Lubet's thought-provoking 'Lawyer's Poker: 52 Lessons that Lawyers Can Learn from Card Players', compares and contrasts lawyers' and poker players' strategic thinking. Read our review to find out what you can learn from this book.

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Gambling, Space and Time

'Gambling, Space and Time' provides something a bit different to the book review collection. This collection of essays looks at a number of different aspects which affect the way we gamble and the places that we gamble in. Of most significance is the chapter which covers internet wagering in the US.

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Gamblers find the idea of luck extremely hard to avoid and as such it is accepted as part and parcel of the casino experience. It's for this reason that 'Luck: What it Means and Why it Matters' should be of interest to anyone looking to test their own luck at the tables.

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Essential Blackjack Wisdom

While 'Essential Blackjack Wisdom' isn’t as well-known as Cardoza’s landmark 'Winning Casino Blackjack for the Non-Counter', it offers an informative introduction to betting on blackjack. Useful for both amateurs and experts, find out our thoughts on Cardoza’s blackjack strategies.

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Casino Women

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones provide this unique look into the life of women working in the gambling industry. From cocktail waitresses to cleaners and union leaders, 'Casino Women' is an engaging read.

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Decide to Play Great Poker

A look at 'Decide to Play Great Poker' confirms what we already expected – that this is a book written by a duo that really knows their poker. Taking all of the variables you could ever imagine into account, this book shows players how to make the best poker decisions possible.

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Find out what made some of Las Vegas’ most dangerous criminals, from Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal to Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, tick in Dennis N Griffin’s 'Frank Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness'.

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The Battle for Las Vegas

Dennis N Griffin has established himself as one of Nevada's leading true crime writers. Read our review of Griffin's 'The Battle for Las Vegas: The Law vs. the Mob' and find out about Sin City's relationship with organised crime and how law enforcement agents “battled” mobsters such as Tony “The Ant” Spilotro.

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The Raiser's Edge

Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier, Tony Dunst, Lee Nelson, and Tysen Streib all contribute to 'The Raiser’s Edge', a poker guide which focuses on live tournament poker strategies. While it’s not for beginners, this title is certainly an entertaining and challenging read that rewards players who know their LAG (loose aggressive) strategy from their TAG (tight aggressive).

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Beat Web Casinos

Bill Haywood’s 'Beat Web Casinos' is one of the archetypal online casino books which paved the way for a new type of player: the bonus hunter. Find out whether bonus hunting is still a profitable exercise and learn more about online casino by reading our review.

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Red Joker Rules

'Red Joker Rules' is a one on one fictitious interview between the “Common Man” and the “Red Joker”. Take a seat and listen in as the Red Joker expounds on the links between gambling and investment, as well as what techniques and tools a successful gambler has to hand.

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7 Charting Tools Spread Betting

We review Malcolm Pryor’s latest title, '7 Charting Tools for Spread Betting' and find out what the financial betting resource has to offer. If you’re looking for guidance on spread betting “tools” such as Directional Movement and Oscillators, then Malcolm Pryor’s book is for you.

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The Age of Chance

'The Age of Chance' consists of an academic yet entertaining approach to gambling with all forms of our favourite pastime covered. Having being written in 1999, author Gerda Reith even covers what online gambling was like back in its early days.

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Beneath the Neon

Read our review of Matthew O’Brien’s 'Beneath the Neon' and find out about homeless people living in Las Vegas’ storm tunnels. Documenting the lives and times of storm drain residents ranging from retired horse jockeys to Vietnam veterans, O’Brien’s book is a moving, poignant, and gripping read that shouldn’t be missed.

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Calculated Bets

Find out how one man, with the help of a few students and a fellow professor, managed to create a winning jai alai betting system in Steven Skiena’s 'Calculated Bets: Computers, Gambling and Mathematical Modelling to Win'. Rest assured, you won’t be disappointed by Skiena’s success story.

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Casino Gamble Talk

Want to find out what a “dime” refers to in Las Vegas casinos, or what mobsters really mean when they take people out for a “stroll in the desert”? Read Victor H. Royer’s 'Casino Gamble Talk' and learn the slang phrases which casino patrons in Las Vegas use whilst gambling.

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Casino and Museum

This analysis of the Mashantucket Pequot people includes information on how the tribal nation came to be in charge of the Western Hemisphere’s largest casino.

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Dead Neon

'Dead Neon: Tales of Near-Future Las Vegas' is a series of short stories which depict a post-apocalyptic Sin City. Featuring a variety of up and coming Las Vegas authors, as well as established figures such as K.W Jeter, this short story anthology isn’t to be missed.

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The Financial Spread Betting Handbook

Malcolm Pryor’s second edition of 'The Financial Spread Betting Handbook' builds on the excellent information provided back in 2007. The reader is guided through just about every aspect of financial spread betting imaginable with plenty of quick tips that are bound to set you on the path to spread betting success.

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Gambling, Game, and Psyche

Gambling has been a part of society since time began, but few books have explored its representations in literature. In 'Gambling, Game, and Psyche', Bettina L. Knapp examines the role of the troubled gambler, in books ranging from Dostoevsky’s 'The Gambler' to Herman Hesse’s 'The Glass Bead Game'.

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The Haunting of Las Vegas

Prepare to be spooked by Janice Oberding’s 'The Haunting of Las Vegas', an alternative tour-book which details paranormal sightings and stories in Sin City. Whether you wish to find out more about the ghost of Elvis, or simply read bloodcurdling tales of hauntings in casinos such as The Luxor, Oberding’s title is must.

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Mastering Betfair

Find out how to “master” Betfair’s betting exchange by reading Pete Nordsted’s title. While Nordsted deals primarily with the betting side of Betfair, casino players may also learn a thing or two from the trading strategy expert.

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Mysteries and Legends of Nevada

'Mysteries and Legends of Nevada', Richard Moreno's latest publication which discusses some of the strange sights and tales of the Silver State. Find out about Nevada’s very own Loch Ness monster, as well as the strange tale of a deceased politician who was allegedly “put on ice” to ensure the Democrats kept their stronghold in the state.

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My Week at the Blue Angel

We review Matthew O’Brien’s latest title, 'My Week at the Blue Angel' - a collection of stories about the hidden lives in Las Vegas. In a series of often stark narratives, O’Brien takes the reader on a guided tour of the Sin City locations that are rarely witnessed by visitors to the city.

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Played at the Pub

Arthur Taylor’s 'Played at the Pub: The Pub Games of Britain' takes a fascinating look at some of the most popular, quaint, and quirky pastimes which have filled US public houses over the years. Whether you’re interested in the recent resurgence of poker, or perhaps the history of darts, Played at the Pub charts the history of popular ale house games and offers an explorative account of how the Great US pub became a place of entertainment, competition, and enjoyment.

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Telling Lies and Getting Paid

Michael Konik documents some of the strangest and entertaining gambling stories in his book, 'Telling Lies and Getting Paid'. Find out Konik’s irreverent and enjoyable thoughts on topics ranging from applying gambling strategies when on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and playing in World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournaments.

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How to Win More Blackjack Tournaments

As the author of and a finalist in the World Series of Blackjack, you can be certain that Smith knows what he’s talking about when it comes to tournaments. Discover how this eBook can improve your decisions at the blackjack table.

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Winning Spread Betting Strategies

Ever wondered whether you could find financial success in the markets? Read our review of Malcolm Pryor’s 'Winning Spread Betting Strategies' to find out whether you’d fit into the category of financial spread “bettor” or “investor”, and why Pryor warns against casino style gambling when it comes to stocks and shares.

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Good Gambling Reading Await

It doesn't matter if you're looking for a little holiday reading or want to enhance your time at the tables, gambling books are always worth a look. If you're looking to plough through our list, it's worth noting that many of these titles are now available digitally.  Whether you prefer audiobooks, eBooks, or old fashioned ink on paper, there are great gaming-themed reads in store.