Book Review: The Biggest Game In Town

Book Review: The Biggest Game In Town

Initially published as a two-part article in The New Yorker back in 1983, The Biggest Game In Town is the best selling book that discusses the ins and outs of the World Series of Poker. It put the World Series of Poker (WSOP) under the spotlight and acquainted many of its readers with the idea ..

Book Review: The Man with the $100,000 Breasts

Book Review: The Man with the $100,000 Breasts

When it comes to gambling, there are two types of people. There are the people who know that it’s all about the luck of the draw and choose to throw a couple of pennies into a slot machine for a laugh, and perhaps rejoice if they win £10 because hey, that’s a prize! Then there’s ..

Casino Confidential – Anonymous

Casino Confidential – Anonymous

Written by a long-serving pit boss from Las Vegas, Nevada, Casino Confidential is a must-have introduction to casino gambling. First trip to Vegas? Do you plan to play (more) online? Arm yourself with this educational book and you may just decrease the odds of losing. The Book In Casino Confidential, the author mixes basic game ..

The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King

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 ..

Scarne’s New Complete Guide to Gambling

Scarne’s New Complete Guide to Gambling

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. ..

Repeat Until Rich – Josh Axelrad

Repeat Until Rich – Josh Axelrad

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 ..

Bringing Down the House – Ben Mezrich

Bringing Down the House – Ben Mezrich

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 ..

Beat the Dealer – Edward O. Thorp

Beat the Dealer – Edward O. Thorp

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 ..

Roll the Bones – David Schwartz

Roll the Bones – David Schwartz

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 ..