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Gambling Book Reviews

Book ReviewsWhile we at Casino Online pride ourselves on offering some of the best casino advice around, there are experts who can advise you on specific casino games better than we can. It always helps to have a solid grounding in casino gameplay, but if you really want to step up a gear and become a professional player then you’ll need to seek out the help of gaming authorities. It’s for all these reasons and more that we bring you our book reviews, which feature some of the biggest names in the gambling industry.

Whether you’re interested in blackjack books, gambling systems or general betting books, by reading our reviews you’ll not only find out what the best gambling books offer, but you can also read short excerpts absolutely free.

The majority of the books we review are written either by real gamblers, just like you, or casino workers, who can tell you the inside story on both Las Vegas and gambling. If you’re interested in really getting to grips with casino games, then make sure to check out our book reviews, details of which you’ll find below.

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Steven Lubet - Lawyer's Poker: 52 Lessons That Lawyers Can Learn From Card Players

Lawyer's Poker

Casino Online offers a review of Steven Lubet's thought-provoking Lawyer's Poker, 52 Lessons that Lawyers Can Learn from Card Players, which compares and contrasts lawyers' and poker players' strategic thinking. Read our review to find out what you can learn from this book.

Paulina Raenot & David G. Schwartz - Gambling, Space and Time

The Financial Spread Betting Handbook

Gambling, Space and Time provides something a bit different to the book review collection. This collection of essays looks at a number of different aspects which affect the way we gamble and the places that we gamble in. Of most significance to users will be the chapter which covers internet wagering in the US.

Barry Meadow – Blackjack Autumn

Blackjack Autumn: A True Tale of Life, Death, and Slitting Tens in Winnemucca

Barry Meadow provides a witty account of his venture through Nevada's casinos. He details blackjack strategies while giving a thorough account of his experience from Casino to Casino. Be sure to read our detailed review of Meadow’s Blackjack Autumn: A True Tale of Life, Death, and Slitting Tens in Winnemucca.

Ed Smith – Luck: What it Means and Why it Matters

Luck: What it Means and Why it Matters

Gamblers find the idea of luck extremely hard to avoid and as such it is accepted as part and parcel of the casino experience. It's for this reason that Luck: What it Means and Why it Matters should be of interest to anyone looking to test their own luck at the tables.

Mark Balestra – The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Online Gambling

Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Gambling

We offer a retrospective review of Mark Balestra’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Online Gambling. Offering a complete compendium of everything gambling related, we evaluate whether Balestra’s “idiot’s” guide is as useful to new casino players now as it was when first published by Alpha Books almost ten years ago.

David J. Berri, Martin B. Schmidt (et al) - The Wages of Wins

The Wages of Wins

Casino Online reviews The Wages of Wins, an entertaining look at the respective worlds of sports and economic science, by David J. Berri, Martin B. Schmidt and Stacey L. Brook. Want to know what The Wages of Wins offers gamblers? Be sure to read our review.

Bill Burton - 1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets

1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets

As a writer on and a tutor at Frank Scoblete’s famous school of craps, chances are you’ll have heard of Bill Burton. 1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets offers a wealth of gambling related hints and tricks – find out if it’s right for you by reading our review of Burton's book.

Avery Cardoza – Easy Money! How to Beat 10 Casino Games

Easy Money! How to Beat 10 Casino Games

Avery Cardoza is commonly recognised as an all-round gambling expert. In Easy Money! How to Beat 10 Casino Games, Cardoza talks you through tips and strategies for games such as blackjack, slots and roulette, as well as lesser known games such as Caribbean Stud poker.

Avery Cardoza – Essential Blackjack Wisdom

Essential Blackjack Wisdom

While Essential Blackjack Wisdom isn’t as well known as Cardoza’s landmark Winning Casino Blackjack for the Non-Counter, it offers an informative introduction to betting on blackjack. Useful for both amateurs and experts, find out our thoughts on Cardoza’s blackjack strategies.

Avery Cardoza – Secrets of Winning Slots

Secrets of Winning Slots

Avery Cardoza’s Secrets of Winning Slots examines and analyses the common myth that slot machines are often the worst paying casino games. Offering over 20 strategies for players to get to grips with, find out whether Cardoza’s slots systems can be applied to online casino gameplay by reading our review.

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones – Casino Women

Casino Women

Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones provide this unique look into the life of women working in the gambling industry. From cocktail waitresses to cleaners and union leaders, Casino Women is an engaging read.

Annie Duke & John Vorhaus - Decide to Play Great Poker

Decide to Play Great Poker

A Casino Online look at Decide to Play Great Poker confirms what we already expected – that this is a book written by a duo that really knows their poker. Taking all of the variables you could ever imagine into account, this book shows players how to make the best poker decisions possible.

M. Finnigan and P. Nordsted - The Essential World Cup Betting Guide 2010

The Essential World Cup Betting Guide 2010

Find out the best bets to place on the World Cup and learn about football betting in general, with Matt Finnigan’s and Pete Nordsted’s new book, The Essential World Cup Betting Guide 2010. This Harriman House title is an absolute must for football fans looking to learn more about World Cup odds and predictions, as well as experienced sports bettors.

M. Finnigan and P. Nordsted - The Premier Football Betting Handbook 2010/11

The Premier Football Betting Handbook 2010/11

Pete Nordsted and Matt Finnigan's latest offering highlights all of the key statistics for this year's Premier League football season. A must for both casual punters and avid football bettors, make sure to read our in-depth review of The Premier Football Betting Handbook 2010/11.

David A. Goldberg – Stupidity and Slot Machine Players in Las Vegas

Stupidity and Slot Machine Players in Las Vegas

David A. Goldberg’s humorous book recounts the secrets and stupidity of slot machine players and casino goers in Las Vegas. Not only will you be amused by Goldberg’s anecdotes, chances are you’ll also learn something new about slots in Vegas. Check out our review of Stupidity and Slot Machine Players in Las Vegas

Dennis N. Griffin - Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal

Frank Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness

Find out what made some of Las Vegas’ most dangerous criminals, ranging from Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal to Tony “The Ant” Spilotro tick by reading our review of Dennis N Griffin’s Frank Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness.

Dennis N. Griffin - The Battle for Las Vegas

The Battle for Las VegasDennis N Griffin has established himself as one of Nevada's leading true crime writers. Read our review of Griffin's The Battle for Las Vegas: The Law vs. the Mob and find out about Sin City's relationship with organised crime and how law enforcement agents "battled" mobsters such as Tony "The Ant" Spilotro.

Bertrand Grospellier, Lee Nelson... - The Raiser's Edge

The Raiser's EdgeBertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier, Tony Dunst Lee Nelson and Tysen Streib all contribute to The Raiser’s Edge, a poker guide which focuses on live tournament poker strategies. While it’s not for beginners, The Raiser’s Edge is certainly an entertaining and challenging read that rewards players who know their LAG (loose aggressive) strategy from their TAG (tight aggressive).

Bill Haywood - Beat Web Casinos

Beat Web Casinos

Read our review of Bill Haywood’s Beat Web Casinos, one of the archetypal online casino books which paved the way for players casinos just love to hate: The bonus hunter. Find out whether bonus hunting is still a profitable exercise and learn more about online casinos by reading our review.

Pat Holland - Red Joker Rules

Red Joker Rules

Red Joker Rules is a one on one fictitious interview between the “Common Man” and the “Red Joker”; take a seat and listen in as the Red Joker expounds on the links between gambling and investment, as well as what techniques and tools a successful gambler has to hand. Enjoy a writer who can reference Rousseau and mathematical principals by reading Red Joker Rules.

Todd James Pierce and Jarret Keene (eds.) - Dead Neon

Dead Neon

Casino Online reviews Dead Neon: Tales of Near-Future Las Vegas, a series of short stories which depict a post-apocalyptic Sin City. Featuring a variety of up and coming Las Vegas authors, as well as established figures such as K.W Jeter, this short story anthology isn’t to be missed.

Bettina L. Knapp – Gambling, Game, and Psyche

Gambling, Game, and Psyche

Gambling has been a part of society since time began, but few books have explored its representations in literature. In Gambling, Game, and Psyche, Bettina L. Knapp examines the role of the troubled gambler, in books ranging from Dostoevsky’s The Gambler to Herman Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game.

Michael Konik - Telling Lies and Getting Paid

Telling Lies and Getting Paid

Michael Konik documents some of the strangest and entertaining gambling stories in his book, Telling Lies and Getting Paid. Find out Konik’s irreverent and enjoyable thoughts on topics ranging from applying gambling strategies when on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and playing in World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournaments by reading our book review.

Gary Mahoney - The Last Cookie Club

Gary Mahoney - The Last Cookie Club

Discover the reality of Sin City’s excess with Gary Mahoney’s new book, The Last Cookie Club. Loosely autobiographical, Mahoney’s title charts the addictions and issues of Larry Brennan, the owner of a casino in Las Vegas, as well as the struggles his customers and co-workers face. This book is highly recommended by Casino Online.

Richard Moreno - Mysteries and Legends of Nevada

Richard Moreno - Nevada CuriositiesRead our review of Richard Moreno’s Mysteries and Legends of Nevada, his latest publication which discusses some of the strange sights and tales of the Silver State. Find out about Nevada’s very own Loch Ness monster, as well as the strange tale of a deceased politician who was allegedly “put on ice” to ensure the Democrats kept their stronghold in the state.

Richard Moreno – Nevada Curiosities

Richard Moreno - Nevada Curiosities

As the former director of advertising and PR for the Nevada Tourist Commission, Richard Moreno has gathered together his unique insights into Las Vegas and the “Silver State” in this unique title. Read our review of Nevada Curiosities and find out about some of the quirky facts and attractions Moreno lists in his entertaining guide to the gambling capital.

Pete Nordsted - Mastering Betfair

Mastering Betfair

Find out how to “master” Betfair’s betting exchange by reading Pete Nordsted’s title. While Nordsted deals primarily with the betting side of Betfair, casino players may also learn a thing or two from the trading strategy expert. Read our review of Mastering Betfair to find out more.

Matthew O'Brien - Beneath the Neon

Beneath the NeonRead our review of Matthew O’Brien’s Beneath the Neon and find out about homeless people living in Las Vegas’ storm tunnels. Documenting the lives and times of storm drain residents ranging from retired horse jockeys to Vietnam veterans, O’Brien’s book is a moving, poignant and gripping read that shouldn’t be missed.

Matthew O'Brien - My Week at the Blue Angel

My Week at the Blue Angel We review Matthew O’Brien’s latest title, My Week at the Blue Angel - a collection of stories about the hidden lives in Las Vegas. In a series of often stark narratives, O’Brien takes the reader on a guided tour of the Sin City locations that are rarely witnessed by visitors to the city. Illustrating that ‘all that glitters is not gold’, My Week at the Blue Angel deftly explores the intertwined and troubled relationship between the PR-conscious side of Las Vegas and its darker underbelly.

Janice Oberding - The Haunting of Las Vegas

The Haunting of Las VegasPrepare to be spooked by Janice Oberding’s The Haunting of Las Vegas, an alternative tour-book which details paranormal sightings and stories in Sin City. Whether you wish to find out more about the ghost of Elvis, or simply read bloodcurdling tales of hauntings in casinos such as The Luxor, Oberding’s title is must.

Malcolm Pryor – 7 Charting Tools for Spread Betting

7 Charting Tools for Spread Betting

We review Malcolm Pryor’s latest title, 7 Charting Tools for Spread Betting and find out what the financial betting resource has to offer. If you’re looking for guidance on spread betting “tools” such as Directional Movement and Oscillators, then Malcolm Pryor’s book is for you.

Malcolm Pryor - The Financial Spread Betting Handbook

The Financial Spread Betting Handbook

Malcolm Pryor’s second edition of The Financial Spread Betting Handbook builds on the excellent information provided back in 2007. The reader is guided through just about every aspect of financial spread betting imaginable with plenty of quick tips that are bound to set you on the path to spread betting success.

Malcolm Pryor – Winning Spread Betting Strategies

Winning Spread Betting Strategies

Ever wondered whether you could find financial success in the markets? Read our review of Malcolm Pryor’s Winning Spread Betting Strategies to find out whether you’d fit into the category of financial spread “bettor”, or “investor” and also why Pryor warns against casino style gambling when it comes to stocks and shares.

Gerda Reith – The Age of Chance

The Age of Chance

The Age of Chance consists of an academic yet entertaining approach to gambling with all forms of our favourite pastime covered. Having being written in 1999, author Gerda Reith even covers what online gambling was like back in its early days.

Hal K. Rothman - The Making of Modern Nevada

The Making of Modern NevadaThe Making of Modern Nevada examines the cultural, economic and geographical history of the Silver State, culminating in an analysis of Nevada’s current status. Published posthumously, Hal K. Rothman’s The Making of Modern Nevada offers a comprehensive and nuanced account of the state’s history.

Victor H. Royer - Casino Gamble Talk

Casino Gamble Talk

Want to find out what a “dime” refers to in Las Vegas casinos, or what mobsters really mean when they take people out for a “stroll in the desert”? Read our review of Victor H. Royer’s Casino Gamble Talk and learn the slang phrases which casino patrons in Las Vegas use whilst gambling.

Lee Robert Schreiber - Poker as Life

Poker as Life

Looking for a poker guide that combines humour, wit and good advice? Look no further than Lee Robert Schreiber’s new book, which explains the inherent similarities between poker and life. Read our review of Poker as Life: 101 Lessons from the World’s Greatest Game for more details on this Sterling Publishing Co. title.

Steven Skiena - Calculated Bets

Calculated Bets

Find out how one man, with the help of a few students and a fellow professor, managed to create a winning jai alai betting system by reading our review of Steven Skiena’s Calculated Bets: Computers, Gambling and Mathematical Modeling to Win. Rest assured, you won’t be disappointed by Skiena’s success story.

Kenneth R. Smith - How to Win More Blackjack Tournaments

How to Win More Blackjack TournamentsCasino Online reviews Kenneth R. Smith’s How to Win More Blackjack Tournaments. As the author of and a finalist in the World Series of Blackjack, you can be certain that Smith knows what he’s talking about when it comes to tournaments. Read our review to find out how this ebook can improve your decisions at the blackjack table.

Arnold Snyder - Sin City Advisor's Topless Vegas

Sin City Advisor's Topless VegasWe review Arnold Snyder’s Sin City Advisor’s Topless Vegas, a pocket-sized guide to adult entertainment in Las Vegas. While Snyder is best known for his blackjack expertise, in this new book he rates and reviews some of the hottest nightspots in Las Vegas. Perfect if you’re planning a bachelor’s night out, Topless Vegas is the ultimate guide to adult fun in Sin City.

Arthur Taylor - Played at the Pub: The Pub Games of Britain

Played at the Pub: The Pub Games of Britain

Arthur Taylor’s Played at the Pub: The Pub Games of Britain takes a fascinating look at some of the most popular, quaint and quirky pastimes which have filled British public houses over the years. Whether you’re interested in the recent resurgence of poker, or perhaps the history of darts, Played at the Pub charts the history of popular ale house games and offers an explorative account of how the Great British pub became a place of entertainment, competition and enjoyment.

John J. Bodinger de Uriate – Casino and Museum

 Casino and Museum: Representing Mashantucket Pequot IdentitySomething a bit different for Casino Online’s book review list comes in the form of John J. Bodinger de Uriarte’s Casino and Museum. This analysis of the Mashantucket Pequot people includes information on how the tribal nation came to be in charge of the Western Hemisphere’s largest casino.

Steve Ward - Sports Betting to Win

Sports Betting to Win

Learn how to wager at sportsbooks properly with Steve Ward’s innovative new betting guide. Sports Betting to Win examines the psychological factors sports bettors need to bear in mind when wagering and explains how you can avoid common new trader errors.

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