The field of gambling research has advanced rapidly in recent years with the sophistication of the research mirroring the complexity of this public health concern. This is an exciting time for gambling research. Psychology, genetics, neurobiology, and treatment have joined forces to address not only gambling but also the universal theme of what gambling represents: conflicting motivations that drive behavior. Given the current stimulating climate of gambling research, I could not help but feel disappointed by this text. Although chapter 6, "Irrational Thinking," provides the necessary amount of detail about cognitive distortions to allow the professional who is unfamiliar with gambling to begin to have an idea of why his or her patients appear unable to stop a behavior that they outwardly acknowledge as a problem, ultimately there is little else in this volume that is useful for the practicing clinician. And although the book was published in 2002, the content fails to account for research after 1998. Although this is somewhat unavoidable given the publishing process, it is an unfortunate failing given the incredible advances in gambling research during the past six years.