Casino books basically tell players the stories of their writers and how they managed to beat the odds and master the game. Their lessons are entertaining and enlightening, and reading them can take you one step closer to achieving that all-important win at your favourite casino game.
Are you ready to discover the secrets that legendary players unlocked and how they helped them benefit over the house edge? Here are five of the best casino books (or gambling books, as some people refer to them).
The Biggest Bluff – How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself is a recently published (2020) 368-page book about poker by psychologist Maria Konnikova. Published by Fourth Estate, it is a book that goes deep into the player’s mindset, looking at how poker players react and play. And of course, Konnikova knows what she’s talking about because besides being a psychologist and author, she is also one of the most respected women in poker, earning an amount of around $300,000 per month using her strategies.
A masterpiece by casino book writer Annie Duke, Thinking in Bets – Making Smarter Decisions is a 288-page book published by Portfolio, in which Annie looks at everything you can do behaviorally and strategically for the best possible chance of winning, even when you don’t have all the information or when the information is imperfect. Since its publication in 2018, Thinking in Bets has been used as a model for many players and traders, cementing its status as a classic genre.
Fortune’s Formula – The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street is a 386-page book by William Poundstone published in 2006. The author was inspired by a strategy that first entered the collective consciousness in 1956. Known as the “Kelly Criterion,” or as most people refer to it today, the “Fortune Formula,” the strategy was devised by Claude Shannon and John L. Kelly Jr., two scientists who wanted to get rich quickly and succeed in various testing theories. Fortune Formula became so popular that among its most dedicated followers, one can even find the American investor and business magnate, Warren Buffet, whose net worth is estimated at over $100 billion.
Although casino games are a game of luck, understanding the possibilities can give you a big advantage over your opponents and even the house. Interesting, educational, and great reading in general, these casino books are worth investing in.