Whether you are an amateur gambler or an experienced casino player, there is always room to learn and improve your skills.
Check out our Top 5 insightful gambling books we have come across and offer a helping hand to your winning odds:
Kevin Blackwood, Casino Gambling For Dummies
Everybody has to start somewhere, so we suggest this book as a “gambling 101” guide. It takes you through the whole (quite complex) process of casino playing, explaining it in a facile manner.
After you finish it, you will understand the odds, learn how to develop online and offline strategies, learn how to spot gimmicks and how to avoid bad bets and, last but not least, how to manage your money efficiently and how to deal with the IRS.
Steve Bourie, American Casino Guide (2016 Edition)
This book is meant for all kind of casino players, regardless of their experience in the industry. So, if you are in to learn more about gambling, or only planning to spend your next holiday in Las Vegas, this guide will turn out to be helpful.
You will find in the book useful reviews of 750+ casinos and gambling resorts, including location, room rates, game range and buffet prices. Besides mapping down all these updated gambling venues, the book also features detailed info on the best playing strategies for the most popular casino games: blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, slots and video poker. Oh, and let’s not forget about the valuable casino vouchers (worth +$1,000) it contains.
Alton Hardin, Essential Poker Math: Fundamental No Limit Hold’em Mathematics You Need To Know
Up to this book, we focused on the basics of gambling. This one takes poker players one step further, by going into the depth of the math principles which affect the player’s “luck”. Even if you are not at all into figures, you have no reason to avoid reading this book: it explains the mechanics in a straightforward, clear manner. Without this knowledge, you cannot properly play poker, but just a guessing game.
More exactly, this book will teach you how to calculate Pot Odds and Implied Odds, how to use effectively Pot Equity and The Rule of 2&4, how to use simple arithmetics to gain an advantage over your opponent.
Jared Tendler, Barry Carter, The Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies for Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More
Poker is not all about maths, as it is not all about luck either. There’s a whole lot of psychology that you need to understand and apply to really ace it. This book teaches you proven techniques to manage painstaking problems like tilt, handling variance, emotional control, fear, confidence and motivation.
Besides the useful learnings, the book also features the stories of eight poker players who applied these principles to improve their game.
Charles Cotton, The Compleat Gamester
This one is an excellent work from the early times of gambling. At the time it was published, in 1674, the so-called “casino games” today were mere society entertainment primarily viewed as instrumented by fate rather than statistics. Gamblers were only just beginning to understand that mathematics can be used to influence odds, but it would take a few more decades until the first related materials would be published.
We recommend this book to all those who are curious about the gambling games’ whereabouts and history: they will get all that + juicy details about how players were taught to cheat.
Ladies and gents, enjoy your reading!
This is our personal Top 5, but feel free to add your favourites in the comment section below!