There’s nothing like a good book to help you wind down after a busy day at work, or to pass the time between hands at the poker table. Here’s a quick roundup of the recently published literature in the world of gambling.

Life’s A Gamble: The High Stakes and Low Life of a Poker Professional” is the autobiography of Roy “The Boy” Brindley. Released in February 2010, the book tells Brindley’s incredible story, warts and all. A gambling addict, Brindley would spend most of his younger days in the betting shop, before ending up homeless and on the run from the police aged just 28. Eventually turning his life around by harnessing his mathematical skills, he now has a comfortable life as a professional poker player. A truly inspirational rags to riches story, offering a tantalising glimpse into the increasingly popular poker world.

World Series of Poker Official Guidebook” is set to be released in the next fortnight, in time for the opening of the 2010 World Series of Poker in May. By Avery Cardoza, the 2010 – 2011 version of the Official Guidebook is packed with information about WSOP events and their structures, plus tips on how to beat them. The book also has a photo section featuring some of poker’s biggest names, for collecting autographs.

Casino Craps for the Winner” is another book by Cardoza Publishing set for release in the coming weeks. This is the revised version of a classic book, which has helped hundreds of thousands of people get to grips with what used to be an intimidating casino game. Cardoza explains the basics of craps, such as the types of bet, the odds and the payouts, before discussing more detailed strategy and money management. Perfect for the beginner, as well as more serious players.

Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker” by James McManus tells the story of poker from its humble beginnings in China, right through to the online poker craze of modern times. The author combines his own personal experiences of the game with history, explaining how poker has influenced political policy, military strategy and popular culture throughout the centuries.

Bet the House: How I Gambled Over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker, and Games of Chance” chronicles the exploits of Richard Roeper, who staked over $250,000 at virtually every form of gambling legally available in the United States, in the early part of 2009. This roller coaster ride is humorously written for the most part, but Roeper also insightfully describes more serious issues, such as betting with money you can’t afford to lose.