Check out my list of top casino books – from beginners, to poker strategies and playing blackjack professionally. It’s all here.
If you are looking for some reading material about playing at the casino, including strategies and hidden secrets, you are in the right place.
But first thing’s first, to be a smart casino player, you have to always be able to keep your cool.
Or otherwise, you are better off staying reading.
Mental Game Of Poker by Jared Tendler
As promised, I want to start with a book that helped me understand my feelings towards the money. Why I worry, when and how I lose my biggest post in poker. All of these are issues that are answer in Jared Tendler’s book, The Mental Game of Poker. By the way, it’s not only for poker. Tendler’s book is a fantastic resource for all kinds of casino players. By the way, Elements of Poker by Tommy Angelo also explores similar topics.
Gambling 102 by Mike Shackleford
If you are still new in the world of playing casino game, Gambling 102 is as good of a book as you going to get your hands on. In Gambling 102, Shackleford explains 19 different casino games and their strategies.
Book of Poker Tells by Mike Caro
While it’s a classic, written 15 years ago, it’s not to be missed because of its multiple applications. The book not only will make you a better poker player, exploring human psychology and behavior will also translate in better reads in many other situations in life. Like your business partners.
Professional Blackjack by Stephen Wong
Blackjack is as much about luck s it is about discipline. There is no way around. Well, maybe there is. I suppose you can play it like pokies – loose and wild. But that’s beside the point. Blackjack hasn’t changed much throughout the decades. How have some gone on to be professionals while others went broke? Discipline, my friend. Discipline. And that’s why Wong’s book is a priceless resource for any blackjack player.
Beat The Dealer by Edward O. Thorp
And the trend continues. While with Wong’s book we went back to 1975, now we have reached 1966 with Thorp’s book. And yet, this is another irreplaceable book to become an expert blackjack player. It has everything – explanations, secrets, charts. Take it with you or, better yet, keep it while you play online.
Speaking on which, I can’t wrap my head around the fact that there are very few, if any, books dedicated for an online player. Sure, for the most part it’s the same game but it also isn’t. Even brick-and-mortar slots are different from the free pokies downloads on your machine. And it’s the same for blackjack. The game is the same, but the dynamics, frequent card shuffles, stakes and everything else are largely different.
So, I want to close with a word of advice.
Never stop learning. Online casino knowledge doesn’t end with the books I listed above, especially if you play online. Even pokies should be played differently because of the advantages of your home.