Knowledge is power isn’t just a cool line from one of the famous characters of the most popular TV series – Game of Thrones. It actually has great value in every field of life. That’s why reading books is still quite popular in the world, despite the internet and technology reducing the attention spans of people.
Besides being a great source of information, books also provide good content for movies, which are one of the primary sources of entertainment in the modern world. In fact, some of the film adaptations of books have been a big financial hit, raking in millions of dollars at the box office.
As per Betway Insider, the famous book turned movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II made an incredible $1.34 billion at the box office. While other films like The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Jurassic Park has also garnered more than one billion at the box office.
Film adaptations of books are mutually beneficial to both industries, with movie writers able to lean on books while their legacies are kept alive by their film versions.
1- The biggest Bluff (2020)
Winners never miss anything, never leave anything to chance and try to notice every tiny little detail to beat their opponents. In The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win, Maria Konnikova has tried to make the readers aware of every detail during the play and use them to their advantage. The book has employed psychology to describe human behavior and has told us how we can use it to predict others’ behavior. The famous author has tried to give a deeper understanding of humans through psychology.
We know that Maria Konnikova’s book doesn’t just theorize only, rather its claims have value in the real world. She has won over $311,000 herself, with the numbers still increasing as she continues to play. This is a huge amount, considering she delves into gambling as a hobby while also working as a psychologist, researcher and writer.
For those who want to improve their game by using the power of psychology, The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win is a highly recommended read.
2- Bringing Down the House (2002)
Intelligence and strategy can make a big difference between winning the game and losing it. Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions is a testament to that.
The book recounts the story of a professor and his students who come up with a count-carding strategy to rake in an enormous amount of money at the casinos. Using the clever ‘spotting’ strategy, the M.I.T. Blackjack Team went on to win an enormous $10 million.
Bringing Down the House is an interesting read that not only provides scientific evidence to back its claims but mixes anecdotes to prevent it from becoming too serious and boring.
There are no exaggerations and embellishments yet the book is exciting and entertaining, and that speaks a great deal about the brilliance of author Ben Mezrich. If you want to know how math managed to beat the house to rake in millions, then Bringing down the House is the right book for you.
3- Fortune’s Formula (2006)
You might have heard about AT&T, the American multinational company that has the distinction of being the world’s largest telecommunications company. But it is less likely that you would have heard about its predecessor Bell’s Telephone Company. For those who don’t know, the company became hugely famous for creating the first silicon solar panels back in the 1950s.
In 1956, two Bell Labs scientists devised a great strategy to get rich quickly. Claude Shannon was a mathematician and John L. Kelly Jr. was a physicist, and both were highly gifted in their fields. They applied their knowledge to making money and became hugely successful. The duo created the ‘Kelly criterion’ after delving into gambling, stock investing and information theory.
For gambling enthusiasts, there cannot be a better book than the Fortune’s Formula, which was published in 2006.
4- The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told (2020)
The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told: A True Tale of Three Gamblers, The Kentucky Derby, and the Mexican Cartel is a highly interesting read for betting enthusiasts. The book is written by Mark Paul who has recounted the story of a filly that inspired many by breaking through the male-dominated world of horse racing. The narrative of the three-year-old female racehorse is as epic as the story of the three gamblers who decided to stake against her during the Kentucky Derby.
5- A Man for All Markets (2017)
A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, how I beat the Dealer and the Market is one of the best gambling books you will find in the current market. The main argument of the author professor Edward O. Thorp is that wealth is not always predicated on chance. The main focus of the famous hedge fund manager and blackjack researcher is on education. He emphasizes making the right choices by studying patterns and amassing knowledge.
6- Soccernomics (2018)
Why do some bettors often win while others tend to lose again and again? Why some correctly guess the season’s EPL top scorers while others fail to do so? One of the big reasons for the success of some gamblers is that they study everything very closely and try to learn from their experiences.
By examining the 2018 World Cup, Simon Kuper tried to create a pattern that would help him win more of his bets. In his book Soccernomics, he doesn’t offer easy solutions to his readers rather he makes them work to find out the answers themselves.
According to the British author, all sports betting events cannot be lumped together in a single group; rather they are all unique and should be studied individually.
Reading this book won’t make you a gambling genius, but you can certainly improve if you pay attention to its valuable content.