Top 10 Casino Based Books

There have been some amazing books – fiction and non-fiction – set in casinos over the last century or more. From the shady back street casinos of prohibition USA to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, some of these ...

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Tobey Maguire

With parents who divorced while he was still young, Maguire spent a lot of his early years between his father’s house in Washington, and his mother’s house in California. It was his mother who first encouraged him to take up acting, and it ...

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Phil Hellmuth

Born in 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin, Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth holds the record number of WSOP gold bracelets – a so far unbeaten 14; he is considered one of poker’s most successful ever players. His poker career has, to date, won him nearly ...

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Annie Duke

Until she was surpassed by Vanessa Selbst, Duke was poker’s highest earning woman, this despite only having won just a single WSOP gold bracelet. Born in New Hampshire in 1965, Duke’s parents were card players but not avidly so. Poker is clearly in ...

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Bobby Baldwin

One of the earliest celebrity professional poker players, Baldwin was the first youngest every winner of WSOP, which he achieved in 1977. The 1970s were his heyday and he was only in his 20s at the time. He decided to retire playing professionally ...

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Tiger Woods

Born in California in 1975, Eldrick Tont Woods was nicknamed ‘Tiger’ by his US Army Officer father – who gave him the moniker in honour of one of his own fallen comrades. His father was also the man who taught him to play ...

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Wayne Rooney

Now the captain for both Manchester United, and the England international football squad, Wayne Rooney had outstanding talent from a very young age. At just 9 years old he caught the attention of Everton football club’s scouts when he scored 99 goals in ...

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Don Johnson

Recessions provide many people with an opportunity to break through into a successful career – though it’s not particularly easy, it requires a canny attitude. It is arguable that professional gambling experienced a golden age in 2008 and it led to the rise ...

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