11 books directly related to casinos 📚

All 11 casino books as recommended by authors and experts. Updated weekly.

Red Seas Under Red Skies

By Scott Lynch,

Book cover of Red Seas Under Red Skies

Why this book?

If there’s anything I like as much as pirates, it’s heist stories. The excellent follow-up to the amazing Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas rang every one of my bells by taking our favorite thieving bastards Locke and Jean to sea, under the command of a strong, brilliant female captain, Zamira Drakasha. And she’s not just a woman pirate – she’s a middle-aged, Black single mother, running her ship and being the best pirate any denizen of the high seas could aspire to be. Lynch caught a good bit of flack for this character, but I was delighted. You will be, too.

Bad Blood (Corrupt Gods Duet)

By Cora Kenborn, Catherine Wiltcher,

Book cover of Bad Blood (Corrupt Gods Duet)

Why this book?

Bad Blood is edgy, fast-paced, and thoroughly entertaining. Cora Kenborn and Catherine Wiltcher create pure magic together, giving readers two characters whose hate-fueled lust heats up the pages while war and dissent brews around them. It’s a well-balanced storyline that flows perfectly. The romance and mafia elements played really well against each other. There was humor and action and fantastically written dialogue.

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

By Edwin Lefèvre,

Book cover of Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Why this book?

This is the most famous book on trading, the story of Jesse Livermore. It shows how he watched the patterns on the ticker tape, developed his trading style, and became rich. It is the book that all traders read when they go through a period of uncertainty. It is an uplifting story.

Option Volatility and Pricing: Advanced Trading Strategies and Techniques

By Sheldon Natenberg,

Book cover of Option Volatility and Pricing: Advanced Trading Strategies and Techniques

Why this book?

Traders often ask me for a book that will teach them the nuts and bolts (pricing models, volatility, the Greeks, spread strategies, etc.,) of options and I always recommend this book. When I was learning options, the Natenberg book hadn’t been written and although there were “good” books on the topic, Natenberg is truly the gold standard for options traders.

What Are You Going To Write About When I'm Gone? Essays of Hilarity and Heartache About His Mother

By Scott Saalman,

Book cover of What Are You Going To Write About When I'm Gone? Essays of Hilarity and Heartache About His Mother

Why this book?

The author, a columnist, wrote these family stories as an homage to his bigger-than-life mom Patty while she was battling cancer. Told with heart, laugh-out-loud family anecdotes, and love, always love, Saalman brings you into an unforgettable midwestern world of then and now, although even the modern-day Indiana stories echo with “yore” to my more urban ears: his parents’ solid working-class values, their casino date every Saturday night, Patty’s job as the hostess of a diner. Ultimately, she would outlive her death sentence by five years.

Grant's Crossing: Death on the Alder

By Jamie Tremain,

Book cover of Grant's Crossing: Death on the Alder

Why this book?

This novel was written by two sweet authors who live not too far from me and they have a wonderful sense of humour. It’s an intriguing mystery that is worthwhile picking up! They also have another series called the Dorothy Dennehy Mysteries and I have designed those book covers as well!  

The Disciplined Trader: Developing Winning Attitudes

By Mark Douglas,

Book cover of The Disciplined Trader: Developing Winning Attitudes

Why this book?

Mark Douglas’ book focuses on practical tools and techniques to counter the gambling mentality that typifies speculative trading. He focuses on a more rational, math-based approach to participation in markets as a speculator. Although I was already a successful trader by the time I’d read Mark’s book, it reinforced that the tools and techniques I had developed to dampen emotionalism in the markets were sound.

Take Down

By James Swain,

Book cover of Take Down

Why this book?

The tagline says it all – “Whoever says crime doesn’t pay isn’t doing it right.” Pubbed in 2015, this book is often compared to Ocean’s Eleven as it contains the same main elements: the con artist and his experienced crew, the girl, Vegas. What’s opposite is the focus – this book emphasizes plot over character. While I love this book’s complex con-within-a-con, Billy Cunningham is not particularly likable as a main character. If you enjoy Vegas’s dark side, this book and its two sequels, Bad Action and Super Con, are for you. 

You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense

By Charles Bukowski,

Book cover of You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense

Why this book?

Bukowski had a unique perspective on the world, and anyone who has read his work would most definitely agree. This book, which is a collection of some of Bukowski’s greatest pieces in my opinion, has a way of resonating with you on a personal level. Whether it be gaining a newfound perspective on the animals that scurry around our yards, or of a gambler wasting away in a casino on a Monday afternoon, Bukowski has a knack for bringing up the world’s problems in a way that is both depressing and humorous at the same time, while also giving peeks at his wit and charm as well.

Hedge Hogs: The Cowboy Traders Behind Wall Street's Largest Hedge Fund Disaster

By Barbara T. Dreyfuss,

Book cover of Hedge Hogs: The Cowboy Traders Behind Wall Street's Largest Hedge Fund Disaster

Why this book?

As opposed to another “teach me how to trade” book, Hedge Hogs is the entertaining cautionary tale of Brian Hunter and his failure to manage risk at Amaranth (one of the largest commodity trading hedge funds until its demise in 2006). The book also showcases the trader that was “generally” on the other side of Amaranth’s bullish bets in natural gas, John Arnold of Centaurus Capital. Although this book won’t help you develop the casino paradigm as a speculator, it teaches valuable lessons of modelling for liquidity risk as well as not allowing a single opinion (namely, that natural gas would go up in 2006) to bankrupt you.


By Carl Hiaasen,

Book cover of Flush

Why this book?

I love Hiaasen’s humor and down-to-earth boy characters. In Flush, Noah is the adult in the father-son relationship. Normally I wouldn’t go for this in a story: Dads should lead by example, even in fiction. But I recognize that in real life that’s not always the case. Hiaasen’s YA novels are clean adventures that often include strong female characters, a solid moral (in this case preserving our environment), and make me want to read them again and again. I know some want to know how readers “feel” when they read a book. Not me. I’m more interested in the adventure and solving the puzzle (who is the bad guy and will he get caught?).