Not a gambling book, but a fascinating biography and account of the times, is The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards by Jim Steinmeyer. Today we remember Houdini, but in the early quarter of the 20th century Thurston was the most famous magician in the world. I loved this one. It can be a little flat, but I forgive that for all the rest of the time that I was enthralled by it.
The Gambler's Companion
edited by George C Blakey
It's a great anthology of gambling stories from good writers.
Very entertaining and lots of historical interest.
Any book written by Lyle Stuart.
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No Work All Play
Las Vegas, NV, November 14, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Roger Wagner announced today the release of No Work and All Play, Audacious Chronicles of a Casino Boss, published by Outskirts Press. A forty-five year veteran of the gaming and hotel management industry, Wagner offers a solid primer from the lowest to the highest levels of casino hospitality positions while also entertaining his readers with his anecdotes about the forgotten and the famous of this fascinating world.
Guess it was an actual book. Read it for free on one of the Vegas sites, about the two guys who bought the Golden Nugget along with other investors (Andre Agassi, for one), and resold in maybe 2008 for a huge profit. Talk about perfect timing. Very entertaining.
Were these the guys who were the "stars" of the Fox "reality" series The Casino? (I put "reality" in quotes as it smacked of scripting; for example, some episodes began with video of somebody headed into Vegas, and the episode had something to do with trying to get that person to come to the GN, but if they didn't have the whole thing arranged in advance, then how did the video camera (and operator) get there in the first place? There was nothing new about this; Fox's series The Princes of Malibu, about Bruce Jenner's two sons (who were living with their mother and (I think) her new husband, and their attempts to make money, listed "day players" in the credits.)