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Gambling Wizards: Conversations with the World's Greatest Gamblers Paperback – April, 2003
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If you like to gamble and you read this book, don't get any crazy ideas. The chance of replicating what any of these people have done is less that 1 in 1,000,000. For that reason, they are interesting to me. These are the people that haven't been thrown in jail for decades, been shot and killed, or gone bust. We don't hear about those people, nor do we want to hear about them. These are the Warren Buffet's of gambling.
The interviewer seemed to stick to a script and ask the same generic questions of each interviewee, he did not do a good job of delving in deeper on interesting stories, and would awkwardly bring the conversation back to the original question asked - often abruptly and at the expense of an interesting sideline. I have no idea of the author's gambling credentials, but he was frequently cutting off the answers and inserting his own comments which invariable halted the dialogue on the subject being talked about.
If you enjoy stories about gamblers there are far better reads. If you are looking into insight on personality or character traits of successful professional gamblers or even tips on how to be a successful gambler this book has almost none of that.
It is not horrible - it is just not a must read. For all but the most avid gambling reader I can confidently suggest taking a pass.
What I liked about this book the most is the personal information learned about these very famous gamblers. How they started on the road of gambling, personality, views on other gamblers and what it is like to be a professional gambler. I didn't expect them to be so candid and honest. The stereotype that most gamblers are liars hooked on drugs and alcohol didn't even come close to being upheld, most of them talk about having a great routine of exercise and are either completely against drinking and drugs or very infrequently touch it, especially while "working".
There are some really great stories about things that they've gone through, some shaken down by the government/police for money or flat out robbed by someone waiting in the parking lot. Being a millionaire one day, broke the next, and back again the day after. The gamblers don't give up secrets about particular games, which is something I didn't expect to see anyway since every time someone does then everyone knows and it doesn't work anymore.
The book is what you would expect if you were buying based on the title, candid conversations with professional gamblers. I enjoyed it.