Poker… love it or hate it, there is a certain mystique, a certain cool about this game of games. Professional poker players are seemingly a law unto themselves and the high stakes games that they become involved with are the stuff of legend. The Professor, The Banker and The Suicide King by Michael Craig is ..
John Scarne is known as one of the most authoritative specialists on gambling that the world has ever seen. His knowledge is legendary, and his books on the subject are snapped up by novices and experts alike. And when Scarne’s New Complete Guide to Gambling was published back in 1961, it flew off the shelves. ..
Whilst it’s not the first of the films, Casino Royale is actually the first of the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming. The story focuses around British secret agent, James Bond, who is on a mission that involves gambling against a member of the Russian secret service, Le Chiffre, in order to make him bankrupt. ..
In the literary world of books ‘based on real events’ we’re accustomed to being fed scenarios which have some grounding in reality but which are so sexed up and adapted for the page that we lose the essence of the story and the ‘real’ is blurred with the ‘not-so-real’. In Josh Axelrad’s memoir, however, we’re ..
Whatever images you have of glamorous high-rollers and cocktails lining the craps table should be discarded long before opening this book, to get ready for the raucous drug-fuelled Vegas binge that Hunter S Thompson throws the reader into with ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream’ ..
When there are big windfalls in Vegas there are inevitably books, papers, films or at the very least articles on the story, telling the world about how the casinos were outsmarted by their own customers. In Mezrich’s non-fiction book, Bringing Down the House, we’re looking at a group, not an individual, involved in several major ..
Edward O Thorp became the most hated man amongst casino owners for decades after he released his internationally acclaimed book ‘Beat the Dealer’ in 1962 in which he effectively revealed to the general public how to win at blackjack, exposing casinos to huge potential losses and discredit. It also, sadly, led to O Thorp being ..
It’s an ominous title for a book that’s anything but dark and gloomy, and the ‘bones’ in the title actually refer to one of the earliest incarnations of primitive die used in ancient forms of gambling. At the very least the title will make you open the cover just to see why it has such ..
There are as many ways to rob a casino as there are ways to skin a cat, and in this book, one of many by Michael Connelly, we witness a novel way of doing the dirty: stealing off the customers who have just won big, in the dead f night, fro their hotel rooms. Synopsis ..
It’s a common choice of gambling writers to include a reference to earning money in the titles of their books, and it’s no coincidence; as Konik relates in these 14 short stories, most gambling exploits aim ultimately to make the player richer, or at least to keep losses to a minimum. Konik is an established ..