Good insight into life in the '60's and this guy changed the way to bet in casinos forever! So the casinos changed too! Thorp took them on and won! He then took his formulato the stock market and won there too! Clever Maths geek!
I think some of the reviewers below are missing something: this is still an essential purchase. Much of the detail can't be found elsewhere. There are ideas here which can still be used to devastating effect on occassion. Most modern texts dwell on the dry detail of card-counting: Thorp has that kind of visionary mind which is always searching for the big score. In addition it reads like a thriller (and you would'nt believe some of the stuff Thorp could'nt put in!). The card-counting systems are obsolete now, but I very much doubt anyone would make it as a pro counter without familiarizing themselves with the material here. John May (Author of "Baccarat for the clueless")