Top 15 Gambling Books of All Time
Gambling may seem to be uncontrolled and unpredictable entertainment that cannot, and should not be controlled. People like to take risks and test the strength of luck, but due to the fact that systematization and analysis of the action seem to be unnecessary components of the process that wipe out the heat of the game.
However, it is known that self-control allows the best players in the world that are constantly gambling to shine on the gambling market, as well as many other people to live off the elegant casinos.
Like a sports car that accelerates to a mind-blowing speed in seconds, the gambling grabs its members by their minds, and if you do not learn how to control the speed and study the characteristics of a flying machine of this success, just take careless momentary pleasures, all the emotions and feelings will soon be broken on the wall of reality that is pretty harsh, you know. After all, there is no perfectly flat roads, on which there are no twists and turns, and in order to survive in an unpredictable and winding gambling world, each "rider" should learn to control his car by himself well enough to survive.
Wise and smart books have always helped people to often reveal mysteries and secrets which seem impossible to approach on their own. Of course, an experienced gambler is sure that every sane player has to constantly work on improving the skills and finding new knowledge by reading the right books. Below is a list of works that helped many professional gamblers to get adapted to the world of gambling better and faster.
Best Books of the Casino
The following are the Top Fifteen books of all time on the list, with the authors and a brief synopsis.
1. «Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas» by Hunter S Thompson
The cult writer of the XX century. Hunter S. Thompson became classics of the American counterculture of the early seventies, and remains a classic to this day.
The novel "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" withstood 30 editions, translated into many languages, including Japanese, French, Italian. The absolute bestseller, whose position in the book market has strengthened his adaptation of the famous film director Terry Gilliam.
The classic and outrageous account of drug - induced gambling adventures in Vegas by the "Gonzo" journalist. Inspired the movie by the same name starring Johnny Depp
«What was I doing here? What was the meaning of this trip? Was I just roaming around in a drug frenzy of some kind? Or had I really come out here to Las Vegas to work on a story? Who are these people, these faces? Where do they come from? They look like caricatures of used car dealers from Dallas, and sweet Jesus, there were a hell of a lot of them at 4:30 on a Sunday morning, still humping the American dream, that vision of the big winner somehow emerging from the last minute pre-dawn chaos of a stale Vegas casino.» Raoul Duke
2. «Casino Royale» by Ian Fleming
Initial entry in the classic James Bond series. James Bond is sent to France to disarm the French politician Le Chiffre, the head and the paymaster of the largest communist and Soviet murder organization SMERSH.
However, quirky and shocking manners of the rich resort to cheating in a card game. The fight starts with a fifty-million-franc round of baccarat, gains energy amid Bond's searing relationship with an exotic woman spy, and achieves a chilling peak with beastly torment on account of a pervert murderer.
For unfathomable tension, surprising rushes, and unprecedented threat, nothing can beat James Bond in his experience.
Casino Royale book was adopted for the wide screen in 2006 and starred Daniel Craig in main role. It disposed of the silliness and gadgetry that plagued recent James Bond outings, and Daniel Craig delivered what fans and critics have been waiting for: a haunted, caustic, and intense reinvention of 007.
“Never say 'no' to adventures. Always say 'yes,' otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.» Ian Fleming
3. «Beat the Dealer» by Edward O. Thorp
The first and perhaps most influential blackjack card - counter's Bible. How to win at blackjack? The question is most tormented by the lovers of casino card games. And the answer can be found after the reading the book of Edward Thorp's "Beat the Dealer".
In his book, Thorpe elaborated that the effect on the outcome of the game depends on the ability to count cards in blackjack. Even when playing online blackjack the dealer's role is very important.
As an assistant to his studies Edward used IBM 704, the first computer that supported arithmetic operations with floating point. The professor made a few equations, in which the game of blackjack was based purely on mathematical calculations.
As a result of this work, Thorp made a remarkable conclusion: if you use the blackjack card counting, it is possible not only to eliminate the 5% of the dealer overweight, but also turn it into a 1% player overweight. Counting cards is tracking them: what cards were shown during the game, and which remained in the deck.
Although now, many casinos have taken measures of self-defense, the weaknesses in the game of blackjack addressed in the book by Edward Thorp, however, is still one of the most basic and the book is popular and widely read by the players from all over the world.
“The people who run the casino are tough and smart is so many ways, but they belong in the Dark Ages...They explain the phenomena of their world the way the ancient astrologers did. They really believe that dice get hot.” Edward O. Thorp
4. «Gambling 102» by Michael Shackleford
This is a "Wizard of Odds" comprehensive guide to casino game play. Michael is the founder of the specialized website for the gamblers, an expert analyst of new casino games, and a consultant in many land-based casinos, as well as a teacher of mathematical probability in gambling of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
The book by Sheklford enlightens the readers in terms of gambling, talks about the games in casinos and betting systems and NFL sports betting.
The genius of excitement in his book shares his knowledge and secrets that are easy to use and useful in almost every game of chance.
In addition to tips and important words, his work contains numerous graphics and detailed strategy.
Michael does not share the incredible secrets in a book or an extremely profitable strategy, and tells a simple but important truth of excitement.
We recommend initially to learn more about gambling in general for the novice players before the start of the reading this book. The very title Gambling 102 says that the book is intended for a more mature audience, with respect to gambling.
«Surrender if allowed and double after split not allowed, otherwise split.» Michael Shackleford
5. «Casino Gambling for Dummies» by Kevin Blackwood
Easy to read casino and casino games guide.
There are many gambling people in the world, but any game is just a game, and the leitmotif of the book is to treat it accordingly.
Those who at least once in their lives visited casinos know that this gambling establishment has its own clear and strict rules, the violation of which could entail even a ban on visits of a casino.
Therefore, those who decided to try their luck in the gambling house, should read this book.
In addition to the most basic information that every player should know, you can see various interesting examples and stories from the real world of gambling. Let the Fortune always smile at you after reading the book.
«Discover how to understand the odds, develop winning strategies, avoid gimmicks and bad bets, manage your money effectively, gamble on the Internet and deal with the IRS.» Kevin Blackwood
6. «The Battle for Las Vegas» by Dennis Griffin
Historical account of the battle between mobsters and law enforcement in Las Vegas.
From the 1970s through the mid-1980s, the Chicago outfit overwhelmed organized crime and wrongdoing in Las Vegas. Government and nearby law authorization, perceiving the need to rid the casinos of the mob and shut down Spilotro's rackets, pronounced war on on organized crime.
The Battle for Las Vegas relates the tale of the battle between the intense folks on both sides, told in substantial part by the specialists and investigators who knew they needed to win this battle for the better future of the city.
A combination Goodfellas and Casino, this book also adds in the law enforcement part of the story. Interesting, but hard to believe it could be true.
«Everybody on the Strip is scared to death of the little bastard. He struts in and out of the joints Little Caesar.» The Battle for Las Vegas.
7. «Bringing Down the House» by Ben Mezrich
Story of how the MIT students won millions at blackjack team play in Las Vegas.
Ben Mezrich tells the story of a cluster of MIT understudies and alumni class living a definitive nerd dream: using math to profit. The mystery is in group play, pooling a bankroll to smooth out the impacts of difference (there's no such thing as fortunes when math is your partner) and to give you a chance to utilize techniques that accentuate the experience and abilities of your colleagues.
By the way, 21 movie released in 2008 is based on the events described in the book by Mezrich. Have a look and enjoy.
«Below, he could see down the entire Strip, from the radioactive green lion at the base of the MGM Grand to the glowing spire of the Stratosphere. The logjam street traffic just added to the visual effect: a thousand headlights blinking like neurons in the glowing spine that snaked down the center of the city.» Ben Mezrich
8. «The Video Poker Answer Book» by John Grochowski
This is a landmark video poker complete guidebook. In The Video Poker Answer Book, John Grochowski gives his easy-to-understand insights in to how the machines work and the best strategies for attacking up-to-date variations on this casino standard.
Video poker is a game diversion that can be beaten if the players learn to master technique and adhere to certain high-paying games. Those specialists then more often do not give data on the best way to play those diversions, and disregard everything else.
This book is different. John Grochowski demonstrates an understanding that the greater part of us play for amusement, and that we're not continually going to have entry to the games the specialists say we ought to stick to. He demonstrates to take full advantage of your cash out of the games individuals truly play. It doesn't claim to be an ensured framework for winning.
This is a book that's meant for browsing. Jump ahead to the games you like to play, skip the ones you don't. Try the quiz, or skip ahead to the answers - the questions are repeated at the beginning of each answer. Read, and re-read, and when you can answer the questions without the prompts, you're ready to play in the casino. None from all editions of the book on video poker is anywhere near as complete, nor as much fun, as the other books.
«How the dealer 22 pushes rule affects Blackjack Switch strategy.» John Grochowski
9. «Blackjack Secrets» by Stanford Wong
Blackjack guru's advice for advanced card counting techniques.
The book was distributed in 1993, however, it's still up-to-date due to how it was composed and written.
The fundamental rule depicted in the book is the hypothesis of math probability on which the entire blackjack methodology is based.
This book on blackjack is composed with valuable tips on checking and wagering. In our perspective this is the best publication to remain focused without investing much energy and funds.
This book discloses how to transform blackjack into a speculation. It depicts a capable, yet basic, framework that has been demonstrated to work, and it does as such in a straight-forward way so that a man who has never been to a gambling club can figure out how to win too.
“Life doesn't get much better than this.” Stanford Wong
10. «Blackbelt in Blackjack» by Arnold Snyder
Arnold Snyder's book is an underground betting exemplary composed by one of the fantastic experts of blackjack and a legend. One of the blackjack Bibles by a lifelong expert. This recently amended and upgraded release is presently made accessible and interesting to a national group of onlookers.
This is blackjack as a martial art, focused on genuine and expert players hoping to win real cash at the games.
Snyder uncovers tips and traps used in team play, pros-shuffle tracking, various deck cover methods so that the clubhouse can't identify that the player is using winning systems, and so on.
21 capable parts incorporate a complete course on beating blackjack: the overwhelming red 7 count, the zen count, the hi-lo count, the true count, and many others.
"In fact, Hi-Lo is notably superior to both Red Seven and KO in one and two-deck games, and from many professional players’ perspectives, where accurate bet-sizing according to Kelly principles is important, Hi-Lo is also far superior in shoe games." Arnold Snyder
11. "Gambling Theory and Other Topics» by Mason Malmuth
This is the book by Mason Malmuth, a honored and world-renowned expert in the field of gambling. Mason has written several books, numerous articles, and has long worked with poker legend David Sklansky.
The author examines all the aspects and nuances of gambling entertainment in detail, draws attention to the psychological side of the issue, and also analyzes the game professionals.
Mason Malmuth describes the reasons why only some gamblers become successful, and tells the readers about a very simple but extremely effective methods of monitoring, analysis and account.
The readers really like the fact that the author analyzes in detail not only how to achieve success in the gambling world, but also takes into account the reasons for which people are willing to be successful in gambling.
"There's now an avalanche of poker books coming out. We have a reputation for putting out the very best books and we have no competitors in that respect. We're not putting out trivial books. These are like textbooks." Mason Malmuth
12. «The Winner's Guide to Casino Gambling» by Edwin Silberstang
The author of this book has been studying various gambling issues, particularly casino advantage over the players for a long time.
Edwin spent many years analyzing the benefits of gambling venues and offered its readers many ways to reduce the notorious percentage by which the casino always outplay their customers.
Edwin Silbershtang also gives a very important advice on the distribution of personal funds. His advice will help to save thousands of dollars!
"Every time the deck was favorable and I had a big bet out, I'd lose. When I had a minimum bet with a super-negative deck, I'd get a blackjack. It was awful." Edwin Silberstang
13. "Small Stakes Hold'em" by David Sklansky & Mason Malmuth
The author of the book David Sklansky, known as a poker player with the nickname "Einstein" has a degree in mathematics. When not working, he gets engaged in mathematical poker models.
Today, David Sklansky is the recognized expert number one gambling worldwide. In addition to the ten books on the subject, David has also released two videos and has numerous publications on gambling.
He conducts seminars from time to time on the game of poker, including seminars, which were held in a casino "Taj Mahal" in Atlantic City, and in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, and is always perceived with great enthusiasm.
«When we play, we must realize, before anything else, that we are out to make money.» David Sklansky
14. «The New Gambler's Bible: How to Beat the Casinos..» by Arthur S. Reber
The book shares the observations and secrets. Unfortunately, not all of such tips are applicable to all casinos in the world, but Arthur Reber's excellent job is very useful for all people associated with the passion called gambling. Judging by the reviews, this opinion is shared by millions of players around the world.
“The typical gambler might not really understand the probabilistic nuances of the wheel or the dice, but such things seem a bit more tractable than, say, trying to raise a child in this lunatic society of ours.” Arthur S. Reber
15 «BeatWebCasinos.Com» by Bill Haywood
A book by Bill Haywood tells us about blackjack in the Internet world, which is very appropriate according to the time we live in. The book gives variety of advices for gamblers of all skills.
The whole book is a compilation of the information gathered on everything about online blackjack you might be interested in.
"Get-rich-quick books follow a pattern. There’s a spirited pitch to get you to buy the book and discover the secret, then you read through chapter after chapter of fluff until you find some simple idea midway through. It turns out not to be work-free or risk-free…[and could] be explained in one paragraph, but gets five chapters of repetition so the book looks thick enough to be worth $19.95." Bill Haywood
To Sum Up
All these books are interesting and useful works of professionals, which should be read by every person who wants to learn and succeed alongside having fun in the casino. It is important to remember that awareness and education are important in any sphere of human life and the world of gambling is no exception!