15 best books about gambling, gamblers, and lottery!

Thursday 21 May, 2020


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Men are most known to fall for dangerous gambling because they are evolutionarily adapted to hunting animals thus taking serious risks. Men are used to taking a great risk to gain great benefits. Many authors have taken up the subject of gambling in the past, and today we will show you about a dozen gambling related books.

Peter Carey - "Oscar and Lucinda"

A fascinating novel about a man and a woman, two gamblers, addicted each in their own way, up to the bitter end of their relationship. The book has an interesting chapter about playing one of the oldest gambling games in the world - Pak-Ah-Pu.

Jules Verne - "Around the World in 80 days"

The most famous bet in the world. Will Mr. Frogg manage to travel around the earth in 80 days or will he lose his fortune? This author also wrote the novel "A Lottery ticket" with a story placed in Norway.

Ian Fleming - "Casino Royale"

You can choose any book related to Agent 007 and you will find a lot of gambling in each, often fulfilled with alcohol and heists. Cards and criminals are the foundation of these thrillers.

Fjodor Dostoyevski - "The gambler"

No writer was able to describe the thoughts of the compulsive gambler in the 19th-century casino in the German city of Homburg so accurately. Very popular book especially in Europe.

Thackeray - "Barry Lyndon"

A moralizing novel about a man who loved playing cards. Because of cards he loses everything - money, house, and wife. He marries a millionaire then, loses his fortune and dies without a penny.

Damon Runyon - "The Snatching of bookie Bob"

The hero has to pay the ransom, but soon it turns out that criminals owe him money after he showed them what horse to bet in the race.

Mario Puzo - "Gambling"

A good book from which you can learn about the functioning of the gambling world in the USA, especially in Las Vegas.

Nelson Algren - "The Man with the Golden Arm"

Nelson focuses very much on poker in his stories, of which this is probably the best. A movie was created based on this one.

Herman Hesse - "Siddhartha"

The gambling aspect is even included in the story of a young Siddharta who becomes a Buddha. Grahame Greene - "Loser Takes All"

What's more important, love, or fortune? Accountant Bertram has a winning system and uses it Monte Carlo, but will his unhealthy pursuit of winnings allow him to keep his recently married wife with him forever?

Casanova - "Memories"

The Casanova could probably describe many of his adventures with the women, but no less popular are his stories about gambling. The way he convinced the King of France to run the lottery is very didactic.

Jorg Luis Borges "The loterry in Babylon"

This Argentinian used only eight pages to describes important aspects of gamblers who come from lands where lotteries are the goal of life. Mythological Babylon is a place where the role of happiness in changing lives for the better is very important. How could Babylonians achieve ultimate happiness?

Luke Rhinehart - "The Dice Man"

An iconic book in which the author wonders what would happen if a human was making decisions based on the results of throwing a dice. Aren't our lives already much random?

Baldacci - "The Winner"

The 450-page book describing lottery cheating and big prizes. It unveils hypocrisy of lottery developers who collect gigantic money from proceeds.

Isak Dinesen - "The feast of Babette"

The story of a French chef whose winning the lottery did not necessarily bring him luck. Ready to find out who stole his luck?!





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