Gambling isn’t for everybody. If it isn’t for you, the purpose of this article isn’t to convince you to try your hand at it. Some people love it, and some people hate it. Given that you’ve chosen to click on this link and read this article, however, we’re going to assume that you either have an open mind on the subject, or you don’t mind having the occasional flutter yourself!

Most forms of gambling involve at least a degree of luck. Some of them are entirely based on luck. You have no control over where the ball might fall if you spin a roulette wheel, for example. You also have very little say in how the spin of the reels in a game of mobile slots might turn out. There’s still an element of skill in both games though. In both roulette and UK slots, there are certain betting strategies which might yield more than others. Knowing the significance of RTP rates and volatility rates in mobile slots, for example, can tell you which slots are worth your attention, and which aren’t. Knowing the difference between an American and European roulette wheel will make a material difference to the odds on each spin. We’ll let you in on that secret – your odds are better when you play European roulette.

In other forms of gambling, the need for skill is obvious. You can only make money out of sports betting if you have an inkling on how a sporting contest will turn out. You can only make money out of card games if you know which cards hold the highest value, and how to make an educated guess about the potential value of your opponent’s hand. The process of acquiring that knowledge can be costly if you just turn up at a casino as a rookie and repeatedly lose until your skills improve – but fortunately, there are a few great books on the market that can help you out!

For Sports Betting

There are hundreds of books about sports betting available, but ‘The Smart Money’ by Michael Konik is as good as any of them. Konik is expertly qualified as both a sports bettor and a writer – and so he knows exactly how to bet, and exactly how to communicate his betting advice to you. He’s also quite the expert at both Blackjack and poker, but in this particular tome, he restricts himself to discussing how to bet on sports.

Some of the book is biographical, but Konik has quite a fascinating tale to tell, so the story doesn’t get in the way all too much. He’ll outline some strong advice on what to do and what not to do when it comes to placing bets on sports as the book goes along, and also helps you identify opportunities to exploit variations in bookmakers odds. The advice is focused on the American sports betting market though, so it might not apply to you if you live elsewhere.

For Blackjack

The basic aim in Blackjack is to score 21 with the face value of your cards, and do it with as few cards as possible. Failing that, you should get as close to 21 as you can without exceeding it. That sounds basic – and therefore the sort of thing that shouldn’t need a whole book devoting to it. If it were that simple though, everybody would be rich from playing the game, and ‘Blackbelt in Blackjack’ by Arnold Snyder wouldn’t exist.

Synder is a well-known name in Blackjack circles, and is considered one of the masters of the game. Fittingly, the book contains 21 chapters, and within them, Synder will attempt to teach you how to count cards, camouflage decks, and generally maximize your chances while diminishing those of the people you’re playing with.

For Poker

‘The Theory of Poker’ might not win any awards for the originality of its title, but it should be handed every award for teaching absolute beginners how to become confident and successful poker players. It was written in 1994, and in the 25 years since, nobody’s been able to put together a better book about poker game theory.

This is a book that can take you from being a complete novice to a poker shark – and it does it efficiently at only 275 pages, tightly divided into 25 chapters. It isn’t written in entertaining language, so don’t expect thrills and spills along the way, but it’s every bit as effective as the textbooks you relied on to pass your exams at school. David Sklansky condensed every piece of poker knowledge and strategy he picked up in his whole life into this book – and it’s yours to digest.

For Slots

As we covered earlier, success at slots is more about luck than judgment, but there are still a few basic strategies you can employ to improve your fortunes at slot games. They might not necessarily make you win any more often – that would be impossible – but they can help to ensure you don’t lose as much. That has to be a good thing.

Written in 2012, Greg Elder’s ‘Not Just Another Slot Machine Strategy System’ is a very short book. It contains a mere 28 pages. That’s all the space he needs to explain his ideas to you, and help you set a framework for yourself to operate within. Elder’s take is that any book which claims to be able to improve your win rate is a lie, and so he focuses instead on proper bankroll management.

As A Comprehensive Guide

If you’re more interested in getting a feel for everything a casino has to offer than specializing in any particular game, then you might just want to pick up one book which gives you a basic overview of every casino game available. There are thousands of such books out there – and most of them are suitable for the task – but you can’t go wrong with Mike Shackleford’s ‘Gambling 102.’

Shackleford is an interesting character. In researching this book, he went to casinos every night for an entire year, and then went home to feed his results into a computer. From there, he devised mathematical formulas and computer models to formulate new strategies, and he provides those strategies to you in his book. It’s a little number-heavy, but it’s written in terms which are easy enough to pick up and follow. If you want to be able to bluff your way through any game the casino can offer, this book will teach you how.

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