There are more than a few great books that cover the exciting world of gambling and casinos. Here are a few of my favorites:
The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart:
Let the dice decide! This is the philosophy that changes the life of bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart – and in some ways changes the world as well. Because once you hand over your life to the dice, anything can happen. Beware, once you’ve read this book you may never think about life in the same way again.
The book tells the story of psychiatrist Rhinehart who, feeling unfulfilled in life, starts making decisions about what to do based on a roll of a dice. Entertaining, humorous, scary, shocking, subversive, The Dice Man is one of the cult bestsellers of our time.
The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
If you are a betting fan, then The Signal and the Noise is the book you must read. Nate Silver explains the art of prediction, which is more of a science than you can imagine. And the book is far from being a boring exposé about statistics – it is full of lively examples in domains as diverse as bets on presidential elections, sports, the weather or earthquakes. After putting the book down, you’ll be eager to try the real thing, so get online and download one of betfair’s sports apps. You will find out that you can take control of your bets and make winning less of a game of chance.
The Biggest Game In Town – Al Alvarez
Since its first publication 20 years ago, The Biggest Game in Town has become a sought-after cult classic. Long before the poker boom of 2003, there existed the “good old days” of poker, which included the days of the road gambler and the rise of the World Series of Poker. Al Alvarez’s The Biggest Game in Town delves into these days by documenting the world of high-stakes poker in Las Vegas in the late 1970s and early 1980s. More specifically, Alvarez explores the annual decent of top poker professionals on the W.S.O.P. The Biggest Game in Town, which was written in 1983, has become a cult classic and is what London’s Evening Star has called “probably the best book on poker ever written.”
Bringing Down the House – Ben Mezrich:
The long-running New York Times bestseller that has become a cultural phenomenon, Bringing Down the House is an action-filled caper where the protagonists are super-smart college geeks. Gambling pervaded the M.I.T. campus, and genius kids with money and glittering futures were just as likely to be found in a Paradise Island casino as in the school library. A highly elite group of math-letes was recruited to join The Club, a small, secret blackjack organization dedicated to counting cards and beating the major casinos across the nation at their own game. As a successful ring of card savants, backed by a mysterious ringleader and shadowy investors, they infiltrated Vegas and won millions.
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