Bet the House

Bet the House
Bet the House

Bet the House

How I Gambled Over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker, and Games of Chance
By Richard Roeper


272 Pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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ISBN 9781569766095

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Feb 2010)


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Richard Roeper presents: American gambling—the ultimate thrill ride
Over 30 days in early 2009, Richard Roeper risked more than a quarter-million dollars on practically every method of gambling currently available in America. Bet the House chronicles his wild journey. Follow Roeper as he travels from celebrity-filled Vegas tournaments to podunk dog races, negotiates illegal sports bets with shadowy bookies, trolls overseas-based Internet gaming sites, wagers against a radio comedian, haunts blackjack tables, and flips coins at a bar. As the wins and losses mount, you’ll share his suspense over that next big bet, the one that might, just might, get him back to black by the end of his odyssey. Bet the House also explores: • What it’s like to bet money you don’t have, knowing that if you lose, you’re in some serious trouble.• The worst referee’s decision in the NFL in the last decade, and how it cost the author thousands of dollars.• The time Roeper won more than $20,000 on a single horse race. • Why the slots are such a bad play, why Roeper hates baccarat, and why state lotteries are worse than any numbers game run by the mob.• The 10 best gambling movies of all time. The true national pastime isn’t baseball or football or basketball. It’s gambling--on fantasy football, March Madness, poker, slots, the lottery, keno, church raffles, bingo, and more. Bet the House recounts with humor and pride the ultimate thrill ride of one American gambler.


"Detailed, funny . . . Sox fans will love this one, and the unaffiliated will better understand what it means to be a true baseball fan."  —Publishers Weekly

"This one-team book should find a wider readership thanks to its unexpected pleasures."  —Booklist

"Frank, funny . . . one mischievous little volume."  —Bookpage

"Finally, a Sox book worth reading!"  —Chicago Journal

"Entertaining."  —The Men's Book

"Is this book a page turner? You bet your life it is!"  —Chicago Life

Author Biography

Richard Roeper is a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the former cohost of Ebert & Roeper. He has contributed to many publications, including Esquire, Maxim, and TV Guide and has made guest appearances on various TV programs, including Nightline, Regis & Kelly, and the Today Show. He is the author of Debunked!, Hollywood Urban Legends, Schlock Value, Sox and the City, and Ten Sure Signs a Movie Character Is Doomed. He lives in Chicago.