3 More Gambling Books Reviewed
Online Poker by Doyle Brunson
Cowboy's Full The Story of Poker by James McManus
This book is interesting in that it ties the story of poker into world and US history as well connects the game to well known places, time periods, and people. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in gambling or poker or even to a general history buff. I like that is broken up into small chapters so you can skip ahead if you find an individual story not that appealing. I didn't like however the excessive name dropping in some sections, poor narration of some poker hands, and the fact that the author's opinion leaked into some unnecessary commentary at some points. Overall it was a surprisingly good read and certainly wasn't a stuffy drawn out history of the usual poker suspects.
The Book on Games of Chance by Girolamo Cardano
This is a cool historical piece but I do not recommend picking it up for a casual read. Turns out Latin from the 1500's translated to English doesn't make for the most enjoyable reading. If you are deeply interested in the history of gambling or how old school games were played you will probably find value in this book. One of my favorite parts is when he discusses card cheats and it turns out scams like marked cards, dealing seconds/from the bottom of the deck, and cold decks were well known even way back then. Overall the book's content is part life lessons on gambling, part probability, and part descriptions of how various games are played.
5 Gambling Books Reviewed
The Basics of Winning Video Poker by J. Edward Allen
I do not recommend buying this book or even bothering to read it. It is an extremely bare bones overview of video poker. It is rather short and outdated as well. The only thing it has value for is if you never have heard of video poker and want an overview but the content of the book itself is completely outdone by a simple search engine search in 2017.
Winning At Slot Machines by Jim Regan
I do not recommend buying this book but its a good read for anyone brand new to gambling/casinos. This book is actually a good level headed introduction to the world of gambling through slot machines. However, it's downfall is that it is outdated so the same person who would benefit from reading this would also probably be bewildered by walking into a casino in 2017 and seeing all the modern video slots. The author should consider doing a new modern edition featuring all the new video slots and taking advantage of slot clubs.
The Frugal Gambler by Jean Scott
I recommend reading this book to anyone interested in the world of advantage play (AP). I also recommend buying it if you are ok with just reading it once since there is not too much to look back in reference. Although it has a content bias towards Las Vegas and video poker the book applies to anyone trying to gain a positive expectation in a casino. You will not learn the strategy and secrets of your specific game but instead you will learn general concepts that can apply to gambling in any casino game.
Fundamentals of Poker by Mason Malmuth and Lynne Loomis
I did not read the physical booklet version but rather a free html version that is on the two plus two website. It is a good little booklet to have around if you want to know how to play some of the common variations of poker and the basic strategy that goes along with it. Does not compare at all to the more in depth selection of books Two Plus Two Publishing offers but rather just some good tidbits. Check of the free version if you wish but there are better intro to poker books out there.
Poker for Dummies by Richard Harroch and Lou Krieger
I recommend reading and buying this book to anyone interested in poker. Despite the "For Dummies" brand this is not some bottom shelf bargain bin book. It is really a perfect introduction to all the major topics one would be interested in the world of poker. It is just slightly outdated but its a book you can come back to reference to brush up on basic strategy or learn a new variation. The major in depth variation sections cover 7 card stud, hold em, seven-stud/8, and Omaha. If you are already reading advanced strategy poker books you can skip this but it is a perfect read for some Poker 101.