Nine years ago, I made a list of my Favorite Gambling Books. It was a shortlist of books I enjoyed and have in my gambling library. Online audiobooks and, yes, old paper books are available to boost your gambling experience. This is not complete, but it’s a good start for gambling resources. Every year we edit and add to this list. Here is The Ultimate List of Gambling Books.
- THE BASICS OF WINNING CRAPS by J. Edward Allen – This is a short, no-nonsense, no-filler book that teaches you what you need to know to play the game
- FOREVER CRAPS or CASINO CRAPS SHOOT TO WIN by Frank Scoblete
Mr. Scoblete has numerous gambling books, especially craps related. These two give you an excellent overview of the game.
- SO YOU WANT TO BE A GAMBLER By John Patrick
- TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN By Henry J. Tamburin
- BLACKJACK TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN BY Henry Tamburin
- THE BIG BOOK OF BLACKJACK by Arnold Snyder
- PROFESSIONAL BLACKJACK by Stanford Wong
- BLACKJACK BLUEPRINT by Rick Blaine
CARD COUNTING (BJ)
- BLACKJACK BLUEBOOK II by Fred Renzey Proven method to beat the game in an easy-to-understand format.
- GOLDEN TOUCH BLACKJACK REVOLUTION by Frank Scoblete. A radically different method for counting that can be learned in a day.
- BEAT THE DEALER by Edward Thorp – the ultimate guide to card counting
- MODERN CARD COUNTING by Patrick Lisenmeyer
- JOHN PATRICK’S ROULETTE: A Pro’s GUIDE TO MANAGING YOUR MONEY AND BEATING THE WHEEL. (The wheel cannot be beaten, but Mr. Patrick’s “Big Four and Little three” are valuable in any casino game.)
- THIRTEEN AGAINST THE BANK by Norman Leigh
- GET THE EDGE IN ROULETTE by Christopher Pawlicki
- SPIN ROULETTE GOLD by Frank Scoblete
- WHALE HUNT IN THE DESERT: SECRETS OF A LAS VEGAS SUPER HOST by Steve Cyr
This a reminder that your host is NOT your friend. (Get the newer edition.)
- COMP CITY by May Rubin – Somewhat dated, but interesting stories/info
- The FRUGAL GAMBLER by Jean Scott – Again, Somewhat dated, but good advice from the Queen of Comps.
- HOW TO BE TREATED LIKE A HIGH ROLLER ..EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE NOT By Robert Renneisen
Somewhat dated by interesting stories/info written by a former AC casino manager.
GENERAL GAMBLING BOOKS
- CASINO GAMBLING FOR DUMMIES by Kevin Blackwood
- GAMBLING101 & GAMBLING 102 by Michael Shackelford
- THE CASINO ANSWER BOOK by John Grochowski
- SCARNE’S NEW COMPLETE GUIDE to GAMBLING by John Scarne
VIDEO POKER BOOKS
- THE VIDEO POKER EDGE by Linda Boyd
- MILLION DOLLAR VIDEO POKER by Bob Dancer
- THE VIDEO POKER ANSWER BOOK by John Grochowski
- VIDEO POKER OPTIMUM PLAY by Dan Playmar
- THE BOARD WALKERS by Fredrick Schofield. An Atlantic City-Based Novel
- MEGA CASINO THE 13th CASINO by Fredrick Schofield Atlantic City Based. Some characters from the author’s previous book reemerge.
- GOD DOSENT SHOOT CRAPS – A DIVINE COMEDY by Richard Armstrong
- DICE ANGEL by Brian Rouff
- FOOLS DIE by Mario Puzo
- THE PROFESSOR, the BANKER, and the SUICIDE KING – a window into the exciting world of high stakes Poker and the characters that play.
- 24/7: LIVING IT UP AND DOUBLING DOWN IN LAS VEGAS by Andres Martinez
The author used his book Advance on a Las Vegas Gambling Spree
- SUPER CASINO: INSIDE THE “NEW” LAS VEGAS by Pete Earley
Published in 2001, it details the changes from early Las Vegas to 2000
- The MAN WITH THE $100,000 BREASTS and OTHER GAMBLING STORIES by Michael Konik
- ROLL THE BONES: THE HISTORY OF GAMBLING by David G Schwartz
- Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas
- SHARP SPORTS BETTING by Stanford Wong
- GAMBLING WIZARDS: Conversations with the World’s Greatest Gamblers’ Source by Richard Munchkin
- MATHLETICS by Wayne L. Winston