The Gambler – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Gambler – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Although most know Dostoyevsky for his most famous book, Crime and Punishment, he is also the author of the dark and intense (and much shorter!) novel, The Gambler. We follow the story of Alexey Ivanovitch who is working as a tutor in the house of an imperious Russian general. Despite his attempts to break down ..

The Hustler – Walter Tevis

The Hustler – Walter Tevis

Despite being written way back in 1959, there is a reason that The Hustler by Walter Tevis is still widely regarded as one of the best novels ever written about billiards. The very first of its kind written about the game that is over 400 years old and was made into a successful film in ..

Lay the Favorite

Lay the Favorite

Sports betting is a well-loved pastime that can become a career if the odds are in your favor. But isn’t that always the way? For Beth Raymer, author of the funny, rude, fascinating Lay The Favorite, that is exactly what happened. Her story is one not to be missed, in fact it was so intriguing ..

Casino – Nicholas Pileggi

Casino – Nicholas Pileggi

Nicholas Pileggi is the esteemed true mob crime author of two of the most prominent mob books ever written; Casino and Wiseguys. Both of these books lead to collaborations with director Martin Scorsese, and became the highly acclaimed films Casino and Goodfellas. Pileggi was a crime journalist for the Associated Press for nearly 30 years ..

Casino Royale – Ian Fleming

Casino Royale – Ian Fleming

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. ..

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson

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’ ..

Void Moon – Michael Connelly

Void Moon – Michael Connelly

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 ..

All On Zero – Argiro Mantoglou

All On Zero – Argiro Mantoglou

More often than not, a casino story will tell the tale of a man, gambling everything he has and risking it all before becoming the hero at the end of the book. With “All On Zero” this is not the case at all- mainly due to the fact that the main character is actually a ..

The Dark Side of the Felt – Tyler Nals

The Dark Side of the Felt – Tyler Nals

You might not have played poker but you will certainly have heard about it- the money it can make you, the money it can take from you and just how addictive it can be. Addictions cause problems and ruins lives and “The Dark Side of the Felt” demonstrates just how it can do that. Synopsis ..

Comped – Bill Kearney

Comped – Bill Kearney

‘Comped’ tells the autobiographical story of a man being ‘comped’ in casinos for the very first time in a very fictional style. Synopsis When lead character Richie V is comped for the first time, suddenly he is caught up in an emotional whirlwind of luxury, money, sex, violence and gambling- everything you might expect from ..