Top Casino Themed Novels of All Time

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As gambling continues to be a classic form of entertainment, the gambling industry is often written about in books and depicted in novels. From Las Vegas and Atlantic City to high-stakes table games, there are a few casino-themed books that are delightful page-turners and some of the best reads for your next vacation or long commute home.

These include:

Molly’s Game

“I wanted a big life, a grand adventure, and no one was going to hand it to. I wasn’t born with a way to get it. I was waiting for my opportunity, and somehow I knew it would come.” Molly Bloom

Molly’s Game is the true story of 26-year-old Molly Bloom who hails from Colorado. The memoir is about the high-stakes poker player who organized some of the world’s largest no-limit underground poker tournaments on the east and west coasts. 

While most of the novel is about the private games she arranged for Hollywood’s elite, Molly offers a lot of insight into reading poker tells, working on her mental strategy for poker and how she advanced from the typical low-limit games and moved up the ranks. The overachiever who was also a star athlete played with the wealthiest tycoons and business barons from all over the world before catching the attention of the FBI. 

The Dark Side of the Felt

The fiction story by Tyler Nals is based on real-life gambling experiences in casinos. While not a straight lace poker read, it’s an adrenaline ride that a lot of gamblers have  taken. Tyler uses both humor and pain to depict the rollercoaster ride gamblers go through from their high-stakes, no-limit tournaments to underground games that will keep you turning the pages in this thrilling and engaging read. 

The Dark Side tells a story that’s not often seen outside of the safe and clean existence of mainstream casinos and one that not every poker player knows about. It’s an adventurous ride that every gambler should take – but buckle up for the sometimes unbelievable stories ahead.

Comped

Comped is a high-roller’s personal story of life in Atlantic City in the 1980s. It was the time when casinos were bustling with activity and no one could even imagine online gambling or the collapse of star-studded casinos like the Taj or Showboat. 

Author Bill Kearney depicts a dark and shady side of Atlantic City, Celebrities frequented the casinos, doubling down could get you into all kinds of trouble and winning big meant fast cars, even faster women, lush penthouse suites and a free ride – everywhere.

All On Zero

Ahh, if only love were candid and transparent. However, when a love story takes place in a casino, it’s guaranteed that the players will hide their true emotions. Such is the case in All On Zero by Argiro Mantoglou and Don Nielsen. It’s the story of lovers Stavros and Dawn who meet  in a casino and chase big wins as they try to hide their true emotions. Game on!

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