Dr. Seuss once said “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” He couldn’t have said it better. Here are the 5 books that every casino player needs to read.
1. The Biggest Game in Town by A. Alvarez
First published in 1983, The Biggest Game in Town dives into the murky world of high-stakes poker during the 80s, cleverly capturing the fanatical rites of professional poker players in the World Series of Poker.
2. Gambling 102: The Best Strategies for All Casino Games by Michael Shackleford
Forget Gambling 101. Gambling 102: The Best Strategies for All Casino Games by Michael Shackleford, also known as the Wizard of Odds, is the result of years of mathematical analysis and casino play, and offers insightful strategies and tips for mastering each casino game.
3. Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker by Doug J. Swanson
Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker is a thrilling saga that tells the compelling story of Benny Binion: a cowboy, gangster, killer, a pioneering casino owner and founder of the World Series of Poker.
4. Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling by David G. Schwartz
In Roll the Bones, Center for Gaming Research director David G. Schwartz takes a compelling look at the history of gambling, beginning with the risk-taking habits of hunter-gatherer peoples and ending with today’s global gaming culture.
5. Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling by Beth Raymer
The eye-popping memoir of Beth Raymer Lay the Favorite tells of her journey through the underbelly of sports betting, and depicts a kaleidoscopic world surging with despair and ecstasy during a time that saw the fall of the local sports bookie and the rise of the offshore sports book, and with it the ascension of sports betting in modern culture.