Books On Games Of Chance: Anecdotes, Strategy & Luck

Several visitors of OnlineCasinoGround are at home during the current crisis. Some continue to work. But many cannot. Roulette from home is a fun pastime for gambling enthusiasts. However, it is also a good time to read books on games of chance.

The question is of course which book. You may already have read the recommendations from our blog article 10 Best Books About Gambling . Fortunately, a lot of books have been written about games of chance. Are there any books that are ‘better’ than others? Of course. Yet such an answer is very subjective and depends on the reader’s goal.

Books on games of chance

There are books that will take you by the hand. They guide you step-by-step through a game. Is that good? Perhaps for beginners. But even with them, such a book, especially if it has a pedantic style, can seem unpleasant. Other books deal with the different parts of a game in chapters. If the writer supports this with practical stories, such a book can be attractive.

There are also writers who tell their own gambling history almost autobiographically. With a bit of luck it reads like a novel or good thriller and you get some useful tips from it. Because books about games of chance are not only read for relaxation.

Preferences and tastes

The choice in books about games of chance mainly depends on your goal. After all, there is a whole world of books between simple pastime and learning to play poker better . And once the goal has been determined, you can look at the type of book.

You choose a book with a personal or historical story. Or rather a book that directly deals with a particular game of chance in general or perhaps directly delves into the deep end. For the above reasons, it is difficult to say what a good book is, because the question should be ‘what is a good book for you?’. And of course we cannot answer that question here.


Most of the books mentioned below can (still) be ordered online. As an ebook you usually have them immediately available. One problem, there are not many books in Dutch. Moreover, the question is what the quality of those books is when you compare them with the English offer.

For example, let’s look at the books at the poker shop. There they have 126 books, of which only 10 are in Dutch. This includes a book like ‘Poker for Girls’. Probably a nice book, but also with a bit of a sought-after concept. The authors of that book also have an advanced book (Poker Unlimited), but it is not available at the poker store.

A subjective selection

The poker shop also has several books entitled Poker Bible. That sounds pretentious. The most striking is the Dutch translation of a book by the French poker player Francois Montmirel. Not a top player, but perhaps a very good writer.

The same applies to other books about games of chance. For example about roulette. At the (still) largest online bookstore in the Netherlands, they have 20 books in our language, more than 300 in English and almost 100 in German.

To give you an idea, below is a subjective selection, compiled after a round about the editorial staff of OnlineCasinoGround. So they are not necessarily the best books, but it did become a varied list. So perhaps the book that gets you through the ‘home isolation’ period is also there.

The Professor, The Banker And The Suicide King – Michael Craig

The book “The Professor, The Banker And The Suicide King” was published some time ago, but is still a wonderful book. It is the romanticized story of Andrew Beal’s poker experiences. He started playing poker in 2001 and won millions in a short time.

He did not necessarily need those millions. He once started as a banker with his own bank. From there he started investing in real estate and he is now estimated at a net worth of 9 billion. But his poker story is interesting and so was chronicled by Michael Craig, a former lawyer who has turned to the game of poker.

Blood Aces – Doug J. Swanson

The subtitle, spread over the entire cover of the book, is loosely translated as “the wild ride of Benny Binion, the Texas gangster who made poker in Vegas big.” It is the story of Benny Binion , about whom we already wrote an article on OnlineCasinoGround.

It is an interesting book for the poker-playing entrepreneurs among our visitors. It is full of techniques the crafty Binion used to motivate his customers and keep his employees on their toes. Worthy of reading, but less suitable for imitation, are Binion’s methods of fighting his competition. In the latter case, he did not always use legal means and was also regularly assisted by corrupt police officers.

But he also had a good vision of games of chance. And he put them into practice with humor and indeed sometimes cold-blooded actions. Doug J. Swanson wrote the book and occasionally talks about poker techniques. Because Benny Binion was ultimately also the man behind the World Series of Poker, the world’s most important poker event.

Blackbelt in Blackjack – Arnold Snyder

Arnold Synder belongs to the top according to many professional Blackjack players. The top authors in Blackjack books and Blackjack players. He rightfully has the black belt in Blackjack and may call his book that way. The book tells you all the secrets surrounding the popular card game Blackjack.

If you already have some knowledge of the game, this is really a recommendation. It will definitely raise your level. Although we can of course give no guarantees for this. Because in the end it is quite 21 tough chapters that you have to struggle through.

But then everything came along about playing together, counting cards, camouflage techniques and much more. And don’t be put off by our choice of words. Struggling through is not too bad. Snyder knows better than anyone how to translate the game into simplicity.

The Frugal Gambler – Jean Scott

Schoolteacher Jean Scott and her husband had been coming to the casino for years. She was known to a handful of professional players. That changed when she wrote the book ‘the thrifty gambler’ after her retirement. She quickly became known in a worldwide reading circle. And she was nicknamed ‘gambling grandmother’.

The Frugal Gambler from 1998 is her first book. In it she tells with many anecdotes and advice how you as a player with limited resources can still win more or lose less. Part of that is of course money management and obtaining bonuses, discounts and the like.

But there are also many techniques explained in the book. In her later books she mainly elaborates on that money management. She discusses casinos and games and focuses more on video gambling.

Beating the Casinos – Peter Svoboda

According to the back cover of this book, it is aimed at beginners and advanced users. Svoboda handles various games such as Baccarat , Blackjack and Poker. He does this remarkably extensively for a book with several subjects. In addition to game rules, strategy and the like, he even deals with money management.

But an advanced player will soon get bored with this book. However, it is recommended for beginners. And then we also take a look at the full title ‘Beat casinos with their own game’. The extensive book introduces the beginner to various games, making winning indeed quickly possible. Of course we call it ‘beginner’s luck’.

Roll The Bones – David G. Schwartz

Roll the Bones is a pleasantly readable history book. No techniques and rules of the game, but stories of how games of chance developed into what they are today. There are some remarkable stories. Like that of the French writer Voltaire . He is said to have devised a trick to win a lottery with which he won almost 10 million old Franks. Or that of the Russian writer Dostoevsky, a fanatic gambler who even wrote a nice book about gambling.

‘Roll the bones’ is a very old expression by the way. It was first used in the late 19th century, where ‘bones’ refers to dice.

Gambling 102 – Mike Shackleford

This book picks up where others stop. Mathematician Mike Shackleford uses his knowledge and experience to explain a variety of strategies for multiple casino games. In easily readable chapters he deals with all kinds of issues, such as when should you increase or decrease your bet or fold.

It is about games of chance and many think it is a coincidence. Shackleford is convinced that math plays a big role. And so it can help the player increase his winnings or reduce his losses. For people who agree a bit with him, this book is a good introduction to the next step, which is to 102.

Powerful Profits From Internet Gambling – Victor H Royer

We better take this title down and focus on the writer. Because at Victor H Royer you can choose from numerous books. This much-writer wrote fewer books than novelist Herman Brusselmans, but with more than 20 books and numerous articles on gambling, you have plenty of choice. In addition, he covers specific topics such as online gambling, blackjack and poker. But he has also written general books and even novels in which gambling plays a role. So you can choose the book you feel like in these days. You don’t have to leave it for the price, most are available as ebooks for less than 3.50 euros.

They are recommended. Victor H Royer was an advisor to the major Vegas casinos and an active gambler himself. He has a lot of special experience in the gambling world, an extensive network of informants and a playful way of writing. In recent years, after his retirement, he has also written fantasy stories that do not include games of chance.

Casino-ology 2 – Bill Transmitter

Zender was an employee, manager, and owner of a casino, and he was a player. He introduced various novelties to the casino world. But according to him they do not go far enough. Read in this book what the casino future could look like according to him.

Numerous topics are covered in his book, such as changing technology, customer profile creation, gambler psychology, gaming protection. But also money loans, different card sharing, promotional programs, the mobile phone as a medium, card counters, cheating, game strategies and much more.

Many books

When you add up all the available books on games of chance, you may come to thousands of books. Some deal with multiple games of chance , others stick to one like roulette, poker or the slot machine. It is impossible to make a choice, so we limited ourselves to a few suggestions from the editors of OnlineCasinoGround.

Most of the mentioned books can easily be ordered as an ebook. You do not have to leave the house for this and the postman can also stay at a safe distance. In addition, you will receive the book immediately after ordering. If you still want the paper version, you have to wait a day or two. But in the meantime you can of course already play a game of roulette or poker.

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