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

Formats: PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB, Cloth

PDF, $9.99 (US $9.99) (CA $12.99)

ISBN 9781569766095

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Feb 2010)


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Richard Roeper presents: American gambling—the ultimate thrill ride

During the course of 30 days in early 2009, Richard Roeper risked more than a quarter million dollars on practically every method of gambling currently available in America. Chronicling his wild ride in a breezy, humorous manner, this entertaining exploration both celebrates and details the many pitfalls and lures through Roeper's stories about his lifelong affair with gambling. With insight and aplomb, the narrative answers the questions What is it like to bet money you don’t have, knowing that if you lose, you’re in serious trouble? What is it like to play in a poker tournament alongside celebrities and world champions? and What are the 10 best gambling movies of all time? This delightful dalliance proves that the true national pastimes aren’t baseball, basketball, or football, but instead fantasy football, March Madness, poker, slots, the lottery, craps, blackjack, church raffles, and bingo.


"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.