Great Gambling Books for Resources

Nine years ago I made a list of Great Gambling Books for Resources. It was a short list of suggestions I have enjoyed and have in my personal gambling library. Since then, good gambling resources are many. On-line, audio-books, and yes, the old paper books are available to give your gambling experience a boost.


“American Casino Guide” by Steve Bourie – I buy this book every year. It has articles about different games, statistics, and coverage of every state’s gambling status. In addition, it comes with over $1000 worth of coupons for casinos all over the country. Subsequently, using a few of these coupons pays for the price of the book each year. Steve also has a popular YouTube series on playing casino games and their strategies.

“Bringing Down the House” by Ben Mezrich – The tale of how MIT students won millions of dollars in Las Vegas is sure to excite and inspire. This is fun reading and includes references to play at Foxwoods for a New England flavor.  Reads well enough for you to forget that it isn’t fiction.

“The Frugal Gambler” by Jean Scott – Learn the low-roller secrets. Jean Scott is famous for her suggestions concerning staying free at hotel-casinos. In addition, her blueprint for  beating casino promotions, eating and drinking on the house and playing video poker for profit don’t get old. THE FRUGAL GAMBLER is now completely revised and updated. New information includes a completely revamped chapter on video poker, updated coverage of getting the most out of slot clubs, recent examples of exploitable gambling promotions, and a brand new Resources section, identifying the best sources of player information available from books to software to the Internet. It gives a great perspective on why using your rewards card for every casino is important all the time.

Player Resources

“Million Dollar Blackjack” by Ken Uston – Uston’s book has great descriptions of team BJ play. Extremely entertaining and was THE book to read for BJ teams years ago. A bit dated in spots, but not a bad place to start learning about card-counting and advantage play

“Video Poker-Optimum Play” by Dan Paymar – This was the first serious book I read to learn about Video Poker. I had finally realized the benefits of correct strategy, Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun had just been built and it changed my VP play forever. It’s simply the best book ever written on Video Poker (and probably the only one you’ll ever need).

“The Video Poker Answer Book” by John Grochowski – John Grochowski addresses common player concerns in his complete guide to video poker. This is a nuts and bolts book that answers questions that every VP player asks or wonders about. Perfect for players who want to understand the mechanics behind video poker, without becoming overwhelmed by facts and figures

“Zen and the Art of Casino Gaming” by Miron Stabinsky – This book discusses basic rules & strategies, as all gambling books do. But this differs in the way Miron covers the psychology of being successful – or at least enjoying gaming more by realizing what you actually DO control. This book teaches acceptance of gambling reality to help get the most enjoyment out of your play. It’s a little different, but I liked it.

Finally, any book about systems to beat slots is a good book – a good book for the author that is. There is NO SYSTEM to beat slots. DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY! If you consider buying any such book, drop it and run – run fast and run far!



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