The best casino books: from real stories to fiction

There are many stories about gambling that deserve to be published and that would be interesting to read. Consider the most famous casino books. Some can be found on the Internet for free or for a fee, others are available in print – see more on the Vavada casino website.

The best casino books

Casino books based on real events

Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich

This book is about university students who started making money on their card account in Las Vegas. It can be classified as a fiction book about the casino, and based on reality. The fact is that the events really happened, and the students really beat the casino in blackjack. However, the author added a lot of details to make the book more action-packed.

Based on this book, film 21 was filmed, which we mentioned in the article The best films about casinos. A few years later, the author writes another book about the casino, Busting Vegas. The same case with card counting and even a player from the same team, only now the story is about one player, and not about a group. However, the book was not successful.

Beat the Dealer by Edward Thorpe

This book is about how casino players can win at blackjack. It was written back in 1966, but still remains relevant. Edward Thorpe is considered the founder of card counting and describes in detail how it is applied in practice. His book quickly became mega popular and is billed as “The book that made Las Vegas change the rules.”

The book is more suitable for those who are specifically interested in blackjack, and are not in the mood for reading as entertainment. Although this is not a dry retelling of what needs to be done and why. It also has interesting stories.

The Big Game (Molly’s Game) by Molly Bloom

The story is told from the first person and based on real events. In fact, this is something like a biography of one of the main organizers of the underground poker games in Hollywood. Playing at very high stakes. A movie of the same name was even based on the book.

This is one of the newest known books about casinos and underground games. It was released in 2017 and made into a movie the same year. The very story of this woman is very interesting, so it will be interesting to watch the movie and read the book.

Initially, Molly Bloom was a professional skier and even qualified for the Olympics, but was injured and could not continue her career. She had moments when she worked as a waitress, then helped organize underground poker games, then organized her own game, one of the largest and most elite. As a result, she was arrested first in 2011, then in 2013.

Fiction books about the casino

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

If the name sounds familiar to you, that’s right – the story told in this book about the casino became the basis of the 2006 film of the same name with Daniel Craig. The book was published back in 1953. The plot, you probably already know if you watched the movie.

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

The casino organizes a tournament in which the bad hero must earn money to compensate for unsuccessful investments. British secret agent James Bond has to ruin it. Initially, Bond loses all the money, but is bailed out and given a second chance to win.

Casino Royale 2006 is not the only film adaptation of the work. Prior to that, in 1954, the story was presented as an episode of Climax! And in 1967, a film directed by John Huston was released.

Casino by Nicholas Pileggi

This book served as the basis for the famous Scorsese film “Casino” with Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone. Nicholas Pileggi is not only the author of the book, but also the author of the screenplay for the film. The main character is a casino manager owned by mafia bosses. He falls in love with a former prostitute, over whom her former pimp has unlimited power. Nicholas Pileggi was writing a novel based on existing characters, which should intrigue readers even more.

Fools Die by Mario Puzo

There is only one fact to be said about this writer, and many will already want to read this casino book. Marie Puzo is the author of The Godfather. That famous novel that was made into one of the best movies of all time.

The book Fools Die was written in 1978 and tells mostly about the writer. Three players meet in a casino. One of them wins half a million and on the same day commits suicide. The following tells separately about the fate of the other two players. One is a writer and the other is an assistant casino manager. They meet again to launder illegal money from wealthy families who don’t want their sons sent to Vietnam.

Some call this book the best of Puzo’s career, while others criticize it. There are those who say that half of the novel is interesting and the other half is not. In general, the opinion is different.

Books by James Swain

This author has a whole series of books about casinos. More precisely, about the former police officer Tony Valentine, who is investigating cases related to cheating casinos or in general with casino affairs. This series includes books such as All-In!, Lucky Money, Sucker’s Bet, Charged Dice, Mr. Lucky, Deadman’s Poker, Deadman’s Bluff.