Gambling, in one form or another, has always been present in the life of humans throughout their entire existence. So, it should come as no surprise that has inspired many authors to create their stories, books, and novels. On the other hand, there are also many online slots that are themed on different books.
That is why we have decided to compile a list of Famous Books with a Gambling theme. These books range from classical writings to more recent issues that either have gambling as their main theme or describe a variety of games in some chapter.
Risk and Gambling in Bestsellers
Our list of Famous Books with a Gambling Theme comprises three popular books which have managed to become world’s bestsellers and are either themed on or feature gambling on their pages. Without further ado, here are the three famous books with a gambling theme:
Fear and Loathing by Hunter S. Thompson
Hailed as the best gonzo journalism work by many book critics, the action of Fear and Loathing takes action in Las Vegas. The book’s protagonists, Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, arrive in Vegas with a coffer full of drugs taking every opportunity they get to try a new substance while doing everyday tasks. The book was so popular that it was turned into a movie starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro.
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Casino Royale was the first novel by Ian Fleming that was released in 1953. It is the first of the 11 books depicting the adventures of the secret agent James Bond with his famous code name 007. It tells the story of 007 gambling at the casino in Royale-les-Eaux against the bankrupt Le Chiffre, who is the treasurer of a French union and part of the Russian secret service. Le Chiffre tries to kill 007 because of a card debt, but Bond constantly wins. This book has also been turned into a movie in 2006 starring Daniel Craig.
The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky
This one is a sort of a biographical book, since Dostoevsky wrote it hoping to pay off his debts which have been accrued as a result of his losses in roulette. Being one of the classics, it describes the author’s unbridled passion for card games. The main protagonist in the book is traveling through Europe together with his family anticipating the death of his grandmother, wishing to receive her inheritance. However, grandma has managed to lose all her wealth in a casino.
We’ll end this post with three gambling quotes from different eras showing that gambling has always been present:
- “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well”. – Jack London
- “Baccarat is a game whereby the croupier gathers in money with a flexible sculling oar, then rakes it home. If I could have borrowed his oar I would have stayed.” – Mark Twain
- “Las Vegas looks the way you’d imagine heaven looks like at night” – Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters