Must read gambling books for every gambler

As we know, much content related to gambling is available on the internet. But still, some people prefer physical pages to enrich their knowledge about casinos. It is known that reading books not only helps to gain ideas but also feeds our souls. You can gather endless inspiration from gambling books if you read the right ones.

There are many gambling books available in the market. You should choose them wisely. Most of them talk about specific games and stories related to them. Few of them deal with ways to fight addiction. And you can also find interesting inspirational and success stories of gamblers too.

In this article, let’s discuss a few of the best gambling books available. Let’s explore the list!

The Gambler

The gambler is one of the most important literary works ever written in the history of gambling. This gambling book is a must-read and has proven to be an inspirational piece for the gambling community. ‘The Gambler’ is written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, a prominent Russian novelist. 

The novel depicts the story of a young man called Alexei, who worked as a tutor under an affluent Russian general. This book portrays a story that is different from today’s online casinos.

‘The general’ is portrayed as a hopeless gambling addict who spends his big sum of wealth gambling and betting. This resulted in the General falling into a massive financial crisis, which made him approach his grandmother to settle his debts.

Meanwhile, Alexei fell in love with the general’s niece, and the young girl forced him to enter into wagering at a local casino. His affection for the young girl forced him to get addicted to gambling and pushed him to the verge of irresponsible gambling and financial losses. 

‘The gambler’ remains one of the most printed gambling books in the world and is used as a moral bible for responsible gambling. The fascinating fact about this gambling book is the author of the book himself was a gambling addict!. That made him craft this gambling book to pay off his debts. Fascinating right?

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Written by the famous American writer Hunter S. Thompson, the gambling book illustrates the untold emotions which force gamblers to the deep in his book. The story portrays the life of Raoul Duke and Dr Gonzo, who head to the gambling world of Las Vegas in pursuit of the American dream. 

They begin their journey on a fiery red convertible with a gigantic suitcase of drugs in the trunk of a car. Once they reach their hotel, they have been high on narcotics and been in a full-blown state. That made them contemplate their life for hours.

Eventually, Dr Gonzo leaves the Duke in the sin city alone as he finds it difficult to cope with the drugs anymore. But later, he returns to Vegas and resumes their escapade by gambling all night and day by getting high on narcotics.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is known for the real-life depiction of gambling and the American dream. But if you aren’t a bookworm, this gambling book is also adapted as a movie, which you can enjoy watching with a bag of popcorn. 

Bringing Down the House

Bringing Down the House is an impressive literary creation that portrays the influence of gambling on the young generation. It illustrates the story of Kevin Lewis, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology student. He convinces his classmates to go on a gambling rampage by learning the art of card counting. 

The team heads to Vegas, Nevada, and aims for a blackjack heist worth millions of dollars. Even though it’s clear that this gambling book is a non-fiction variant, it gained a lot of admiration all across the world. Along with appreciation, this gambling book also invited critical acclamations for depicting real-life scams and fraudulent activities in the gambling world.

The author was very meticulous when he illustrated the modern-day cheering techniques in gambling. As we know, card counting in blackjack is not illegal, even though it is frowned upon in most casinos. If the operators catch you counting cards, you could get instantly kicked out of the casino. If you want to know more about the biggest scams and the gambling life of fellow MIT students, this book is a must-read!

Roll the Bones

Roll the bones is a great work written by the prominent historian and avid gambler David G. Schwartz. The book is a raw depiction of gambling in the prehistoric period. The book unravels the saga of gambling through different timelines. And if you are interested to understand more about the evolution of gambling, this book is a must-read.

The book starts with the chronicle of humans rolling knuckles in the game of chance. Then, the story transforms by telling about gambling during the Greek and Roman empire, following its way into Chinese civilisation.

The book also talks about the roots of the first gambling game in the gambling dens of Venice and how the gambling industry helped the American civilisation to gain supremacy. This book has not left any stone untouched as it discusses modern-day gambling and the formation of the world’s largest gambling centre, Las Vegas.

Also, it shows how business magnates like Steve Wynn helped the gambling industry to become one of the high revenue-generating businesses in the world. If you are a history geek and a gambling admirer, this book must have a place in your library.

Sex, Lies, and Video Poker

Moving on, the last but not the least one on our list, written by one of the best contemporary novelists Bob Dancer, “the Sex, Lies, and Video Poker” is a book we chose to recommend for you as an aid for understanding video poker. It’s proven to be a great help and the best choice for people who look to play video poker.

The novel is two in one shot as it depicts the game of video poker and, simultaneously, a flaming romance. That makes this book worth reading, as it will never get boring. 

The location of this book is in Las Vegas, the gambling capital in the world. If you don’t have any favourites for video poker, there are books available on various games. Such as tips for playing roulette online, baccarat, and video slots. You can try your hand at that too.


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