Going to your local casino or playing games online is, of course, a lot of fun. But have you considered trying to boost your knowledge the old-fashioned way, swotting up with a book?

Books about gambling may not get a lot of coverage or space in a traditional bookshop but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty written. With our list you’ll find the perfect book for your needs.

Whether you want to learn more about gambling, or want to step into the exciting world of it in days gone by, we have something for you. Read on to discover the next thing to add to your bookshelf.

Best for all round knowledge:

New Complete Guide to Gambling – John Scarne

Regarded across the industry as the book with all the know-how, John Scarne leaves no room for questions in this comprehensive guide.

He uses all his experience in the gambling world to educate you. From history to playing tips, house odds to strategy.

He also peppers it with anecdotes from his personal life brushing up with some famous names. A great place to start your gambling journey.


Best for the strategist:

Beating the Casinos at Their Own Game – Peter Svoboda

For those of you out there trying your hand at different strategies to minimise losses, this is the book for you.

Peter Svoboda takes you through each game and gives tips and tricks on how to play best in order to avoid losing too much long term.

It’s written very simply, so probably better suited to newer players, and easy to follow with lots of colour pictures.


Best for budget players:

The Frugal Gambler – Jean Scott

This ‘Gambling Grandma’ has become a total legend in the casino world since the publication of her book.

She shares all her tips to maximise your money when playing. If you can’t afford to bet big, no worries, the Gambling Grandma has got your back.

From tips on staying in casino hotels for free to getting free food and drink, getting the most out of slots clubs and maxing out on casino promotions, you’ll save big dollar with her advice.


Best for blackjack tips:

Burning the Tables in Las Vegas: Keys to Success in Blackjack and in Life – Ian Andersen

In this book, Ian Andersen shares with you all you need to know to win, not only at blackjack, but at life.

With the focus of the book turned to the psychological aspects of winning, you’ll feel better in your everyday just by following his advice.

His blackjack technique comes from his 20 odd years of experience perfecting it himself at the casino tables. And now he wants to share his knowledge with you.


Best for beginner poker players:

The Theory of Poker – David Sklanksy

If you want to get a good foundation laid in the great game of poker, then this is the book for you. It takes you through the many variations, and literally every other thing you need to know about playing.

You’ll get theories and concepts, plus how other factors, like your headspace, will have an impact on your game.

With an in-depth look at the Fundamental Theorem of Poker covered, there’s no stone left unturned. If you’re serious about poker, read this.


Best for advanced poker players:

Every Hand Revealed – Gus Hansen

Get into the mind of a winner, and not just any winner. Gus Hansen is a renowned poker player for his ‘mad’ approach to playing. And now he’s sharing that apparent madness with you in a cool and logical way.

From tips on bluffing, to reading your opponents, making good guesses and knowing how to stay cool. This book is what every serious poker player needs to elevate their playing to the next level.


Best for slots players:

Slots Conquest – Frank Scoblete

If you’re a lover of slots you might think there’s no strategy involved. Wrong. This book helps you win more by advising on the best machine to pick, getting the best mathematical edge and how to properly manage your money.

You don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot before you’ve even made your first bet, so read up to find out how to play smart.


Best for roulette players:

Roulette Rockstar – anonymous

No wonder the author of this book has remained anonymous. A real rags to riches tale saw this unemployed man down at the casino where he had the good fortune of playing roulette. There, he found himself next to an old man who shared with him, the golden secrets to win.

Now, following those tips he’s made thousands every day and in this book he shares the strategies with you. Maybe you’ve already tried a few well-known roulette betting tips? This book blows them out the water.

It also advises on how to apply the knowledge to both land based and online casinos.


Best for history buffs:

Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling – David G. Schwartz

This book is gospel for anyone wanting to get a grasp of the way gambling has evolved over the centuries. Not only does it look at the way it’s changed, it also looks at how it’s changed us, as a civilisation.

Really epic and fascinating stuff. From Biblical times, to the Middle Ages, and through to today, it brings you right up to speed.

With famous characters throughout time given a mention, plus a nod to the emergence of organised crime and how it funded major times in history. This book is a must for any gambler interested in history.


Best for budding magicians:

The Royal Road to Card Magic – Jean Hugard, Frederick Braue

If you’re looking to impress your friends with awesome card tricks, then look no further. We’ve found you the book you need! The first chapter alone will arm you with amazing skills that will leave your friends speechless and astounded.

With easy-to-follow instructions you’ll be dealing and tricking like a pro in no time.