Whether it’s something to occupy you between hands at the poker table, something to keep in the smallest room of the house or simply a way to relax at the end of a hard day, you just can’t beat a good book. Here’s a look at some of the gambling world’s latest literature.
“Mastering Betfair” by Pete Nordsted was released at the end of October 2009 and is primarily aimed at those who play the betting exchanges. The book offers basic trading strategies and points out what not to do, to hopefully improve the reader’s trading skills. The author feels that “Mastering Betfair” could appeal to those who use the stock exchanges too, as trades on sporting markets are usually wrapped up far more quickly than in the business world. RRP: £24.99
“Heads-Up Poker” is set for a March 2010 release and is the work of professional poker player Paul Wasicka and Charley Swayne, an author and lecturer who specialises in poker. Wasicka won the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship beating the likes of TJ Cloutier and 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Joe Hachem, so is well qualified to offer instruction on Heads-Up poker. The book claims to teach the reader all about one on one play, including how to handle aggressive players, manipulate passive ones and how to play poor hands to make profit. RRP: £12.46
“Breaking the Roulette Wheel” is the story of Balvinder Sambhi’s roulette system that was featured in UK newspapers in October 2010 and was published the following month. The system has been tested for two months without a losing day, before the author found himself banned from every Grosvenor casino in Britain. It requires a starting bankroll of £2,500 and the book itself is not exactly cheap, but makes for interesting reading all the same. RRP: £100
“The Godfather of Poker” was released in November 2009 and tells the story of the Doyle Brunson, from his humble Texan beginnings to the legendary status that he enjoys today, with everything in between. He talks candidly about his time in jail, the loss of friends to drug abuse and his recovery from melanoma, as well as his incredible poker achievements. Full of amusing anecdotes and strict self examination, “The Godfather of Poker” is a must read for any poker fan. RRP: £16.83
Marten Jensen’s “Big Book of Slots and Video Poker” explains everything you need to know about slots and video games, featuring instructions for 200 major games, as well as some of the best strategies and insider secrets to beat them. The book also includes advice on money management, the history of slots and plenty of charts, photos and illustrations. RRP: £9.33