‘Slots – Praying To The God Of Chance’ by David V. Forrest M.D. – Book Review

Slots – Praying To The God Of Chance is a new look at slot machines, how they work, how the RNG (random number generator) works to offer a “fair” game, and how players gets hooked on gambling, especially slot machines. Forrest likens the constant feeding of the slot machines to church-goers who sit in pews and pray to their gods, and in this case, the gamblers are praying to the God of Chance.

High Points

Text is written with humor

Author is a player, and a a clinical professor of psychiatry

Beginner and expert alike will enjoy the “show”

Low Points

More of a collection of stories than a serious look at slot machines

Frustratingly long paragraphs

Some unsophisticated views of casinos and gambling

Description

Slots – Praying To The God Of Chance was released in January of 1012

208 pages in the paperback edition

Published by Delphinium Books.

Guide Review – ‘Slots – Praying To The God Of Chance’ by David V. Forrest M.D.

Slots – Praying To The God Of Chance is a mostly tongue-in-cheek look at gambling with an emphasis on slots. Written by David V. Forrest M.D., a clinical professor of psychiatry, this investigation into the powerful draw of slot machines is much less a scholarly look at the psychology behind the addiction than a freelance and somewhat fanciful treatise about slots and the fun of playing.

Certainly Dr. Forrest displays a sense of humor, as his description of slot machines begins with the sentence, “For those who are unfamiliar with them (or the Martian readership, as my editor puts it), slots are gambling machines with three or more cylindrical bandlike reels, part of whose circumferences appear side by side in a window to display three or more of the symbols printed on them.” But not to worry, the rest of the text does not follow this dull descriptive narrative.

Instead, the book flows with short stories to illustrate points, and while the author does mention classic literature like the work of Dostoevsky and the novel The Gambler, the reading is nothing like a school textbook.

Because the book does address slot machines and gambling in an easy-going, informative way, newcomers to the world of casinos will not be confused by hard-to-grasp concepts about gaming. There are no long sermons about card-counting or roulette systems.

What’s Really Here

Unfortunately, I get the feeling the good Doctor has written this book as a lark, perhaps to give his friends something fun to read. I certainly don’t see it as a teaching tool, nor does it read that way. And also, the sophomoric illustrations detract from the text and leave the reader (at least this reader) feeling like the subject matter must also be of little value.

Of course this is not the case. The book is a fun, easy read and provides entertainment value. However, I must admit that after reading the book in its entirety, I wondered what exactly the point was, perhaps because I originally thought the book would have more to do with the psychology of gambling, addiction, and the monumental spread of casinos in this country. And, there is little about the impact of casinos or the good elements of expanded employment with new casino jobs.

With The Blinders Off

Once I removed my blinders that had me falsely ingesting great chunks of this book as scholarly, and viewing the work in its entirety as simple entertainment with a bit of practical advice to players about how view their own gambling and how to recognize when their play becomes unhealthy, the meal became much more palatable. Tasty, in fact.

This book is great fare for work breaks, plane and train rides, or as just a wee nip before bed. You might not retain much, but you’ll be entertained.

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