The worlds best gambling books
Whether you are trying to gain an advantage against the casino, or just find some escapism in a good novel, there is a gambling book out there for you. It is not all “How to Become a Millionaire” guides by charlatans trying to trick you into spending money either; some gambling books give an excellent insight into the lives of people involved in the industry. Here are some page-turners that you will want to share with all your gambling buddies.
Bringing down the house by Ben Mezrich
This true story about six MIT students who brought down a casino has been inspiring math experts looking to gain an edge for years. Although the Boston Globe reports that some of the claims within the book are greatly exaggerated, it is undeniable that these students used their wits to win big, the book inspired the movie 21, starring the legendary Kevin Spacey.
The Biggest Game in Town by Al Alvarez
The first book of its kind, Alvarez’s 1983 work detailed the World Series of Poker and is an interesting read for anyone who has ever played the game, it is amazing to look back on what was then a relatively small event, but what is now a staple in Vegas’ yearly calendar.
Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
Lean on Pete is a novel about a down on his luck teenager who steals a failing racehorse. Their adventures creates one of the best novels written over the past ten years. Channeling his inner Kerouac, Vlautin’s story is full of heart and humour, a must for fans of fiction and fans of gambling.
Shut up and deal by Jesse May
May’s novel details the excess and energy of the Casino industry in the 90s. Ethics and entitlement are questioned as the protagonist, Mickey, aims to make a career out of poker after dropping out of college. Pick this novel up at your own risk, because chances are, you won’t be able to put it down until the final page is read.
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
Carey’s book is so wonderful, it picked up the 1988 Booker Prize. The novel tells the story of two gamblers who make a bet that changes both of their lives forever that description is apt because it is not an overstatement to insist that this book has the power to change yours.