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The Gambler's Library

Our list of the game's top tomes
Michael Kaplan
From the Print Edition:
Bill Murray, Nov/Dec 2004

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On the more upbeat side, Fast Company captures top players in their flashiest, winningest moments. And, through the course of it, Bradshaw actually shows how these guys get the money. One of the more telling moments comes when Pearson is on the golf course and getting clobbered—until he raises the stakes high enough to take his superior opponent out of his comfort zone and fleeces the guy. Bradshaw was an excellent journalist who briefly focused his talents on gamblers, and we're all the better for it.

A more contemporary, less literary book of this type—it's all Q&As with the likes of poker player Chip Reese, card counter Tommy Highland and backgammon hustler Mike Svabodny—is Gambling Wizards: Conversations With the World's Greatest Gamblers by Richard Munchkin (Huntington Press, 2002).

Michael Kaplan is Cigar Aficionado's gambling columnist and the author of The Best Time to do Everything (Bloomsbury, 2005).

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