The British website Casino Online has posted the results of a poll to determine the Top 50 Gambling Books of All Time. Now, I'm no gambler, but I think casinos make a good background for fiction, so I found the list pretty interesting. There are plenty of "how to win" books on there, but there are also quite a few novels and some narrative non-fiction about the history of Las Vegas, Atlantic City, etc. (including BOARDWALK EMPIRE, which the new HBO series is based on). Novelists included are Ian Fleming, Michael Connelly, James Swain, and Harold Robbins (actually a ghost writer in this case, probably Junius Podrog). You can check out the list here.