Five gambling books to make space for in your summer holiday suitcases

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Items including two pairs of flip flops (in case a pair break), suitable swimwear, sunglasses and different towels for washing and use on the beach are often regarded as the biggest essentials for a summer holiday in the sun.

However, ensuring enough entertainment enters the suitcase to occupy the relaxing time in the sun is just as imperative. This may involve numerous musical playlists, puzzle magazines and an array of books.

For those wanting their reading material to follow a gambling theme, here are five books along slightly different lines that will allow you to soak up the hours and the sunlight:

The Frugal Gambler

Getting free massages, meals and merchandise are things typically enjoyed by the biggest spenders at a casino, but it doesn’t have to be so exclusive anymore based on the advice of the Gambling Grandma.

Jean Scott also has the alternate nickname of Queen of Comps having spent years draining casinos of all of their freebies, despite being a comparative low roller in the gambling stakes.

Whether it be through slot clubs, coupons or alternate comp programmes, Scott now stays in hotels for over 120 nights a year free of charge thanks to her economical approach.

Reading this will certainly help make your future trip to Las Vegas much less expensive, even if some of the guidance in this book may no longer be suitable as the book has now been on shelves for over a decade.

God Doesn’t Shoot Craps

Imagine a supposed betting system that actually works. That’s what the lead character Danny Pellegrino believes he has stumbled across in this novel by Richard Armstrong.

Pellegrino is a known scam artist, making a living both pedalling gambling systems that are all losers in the long run and avoiding the pursuit of criminal investigators.

However, while testing a new system that ends up in his lap, the character believes he has uncovered an actual winning formula. The challenge is then to drop the scam setup and milk the casinos of Las Vegas and Atlantic City instead.

The book is one that can easily be blasted through in a few days, given its collection of twists and the nature of the suspense generated.

Telling Lies and Getting Paid

Have you heard the one about the nun who has a track record for accurately predicting football scores? If no, it is one of a number of amusing gambling anecdotes present in this Michael Konik book.

The book seamlessly weaves together second-hand gambling stories with more direct accounts of his personal assault on participating in the World Series of Poker. The memoirs retain a more human side than numerous other books on the market along a similar theme.

Other topics include the bad strategy adopted by a vast number of players lucky enough to play for the jackpot on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and a lowdown of the intense gambling scene on the Chinese island of Macau.

The writing style of Konik is one of the most luring elements of the book and helps make it tough to put down.

The Eudaemonic Pie

Bringing Down The House, which morphed into the film 21, is perhaps the most well-known account of people masterminding techniques to allow them to regularly take the casinos to the cleaners.

However, where the genius students in that book utilised team play and elaborate maths memory, The Eadaemonic Pie looks at a team with a more undercover bilking agenda.

This non-fiction effort from Thomas Bass focuses on a team trying to fleece the casinos by building a miniature computer to conceal in their jacket pockets or shoes, which allows them to tilt the game of roulette in their favour.

Stupidity and Slot Machines In Las Vegas

Whether it be a day in the life of a paramedic, airline hostess, Feng Shai consultant or picking names for nail polish, people are generally intrigued about such information.

David Goldberg is a former casino shop floor supervisor in Las Vegas, who has been privy to his fair share of slot machine faux pas over the years.

With his reminisce through some sarcasm-tinted glasses, Goldberg’s humorous tales involve dopey customer requests, objectionable colleagues and what happened when his team were occasionally caught slacking by surveillance.