The Best Gambling Books in the Market!

Are you looking for some of the best gambling books in the market today? This piece takes a look at golden oldies and some of the best of the new breed.


Al Alvarez’s The Biggest Game in Town

The book was published in 1983. It is a true thriller in the mould of Sarah Harian’s A Vault of Sins. Alvarez is an accomplished author, poet and literary critic. In this book, he shows how Las Vegas could be heaven for some and a burial ground for others. He does this by recreating the world around the poker tables in Vegas and provides us with a wide-angle view into the casino world. The book captures the life of daredevil gamblers that willingly bet large suitcases of money on single rolls of the dice and addicts who believe that they can control luck. It also covers perpetual losers that can’t seem to take a cue and quit. Parts of the book also shows how gangsters can lose all their money at poker, rob a bank to replenish and still return to lose the entire heist.

John Scarne’s Complete Guide to Gambling

The book was published in 1961. It is a complete guide to all aspects of gambling, including its history, rules, winning strategies, gambling mathematics, as well as methods of cheating. The author died in 1985 but his work still remains one of the best. In fact, most modern how-to guides on gambling have struggled to truly top the work done by Scarney. Until his death, he was considered an unrivalled gambling authority and an impeccable card magician. Everyone from serious poker players on the World Poker Tour to casual players on mobile casinos like will enjoy this book.

Charles Cotton’s The Compleat Gamester

The book was published in 1674 at a time when gamblers were just beginning to realize that mathematics could come in handy when trying to predict the role of chance. During that period, gambling was not yet regarded as a business where professionals could enjoy advantage. The book is a peek into a period where more emphasis was placed on cheating than on odds because chance was deemed to be reliant on providence.

David G. Schwartz’s Roll the Bones

David Schwartz is the director of the Centre for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. This book was published in 2006 and covers more than just the history of gambling. It shows how gambling has affected society from the time of our ancestors, a period where correct gauging of risk was important for survival. The book is a perfect guide if you are looking for a title that covers the origins of dice, playing cards, lotteries and other forms of gambling.

These are some must reads if you are interested in studying the history and strategy of gambling.

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