There is nothing better than a good book on gambling. Former Sports Illustrated editor Kevin Cook just published Titanic Thompson
, the story of famous gambler/hustler Alvin Thomas. There are some wild stories involving Thomas scamming Al Capone and Arnold Rothstein while beating both Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson at golf. You can read a small preview and an excerpt from the book right here
Professional gamblers still talk about Titanic Thompson. They say that he threw a watermelon over a three-story building, that he pulled Capone's pants down, that he beat Ben Hogan playing golf right-handed and then turned around and beat Byron Nelson left-handed, that he survived the sinking of the Titanic by sneaking into a lifeboat dressed as a woman.