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Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by pvcpipe, Dec 25, 2012.

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  1. pvcpipe

    pvcpipe Tourist

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    A little dated (1998) but well worth a read. Starts with a little light history of the evolution of Las Vegas, then gives a look into Circus Circus enterprises (pre Mandalay resort group and MGM merger) as well as the rise of Steve wynn.

    It has a lot of entertaining anecdotes from people at the Luxor, from dealers to showgirls, to working girls. Anyone who loves vegas would enjoy this book.
     
  2. UKFanatic

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    I read it years ago. Definitely dated, but still a fun read, especially the historical section. Learned a whole lot about Jay Sarno that I did not know
     
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    Coolcanuck79 Low-Roller

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    I am not much of a reader but I really enjoyed this book.
     
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    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Since I posted on this thread this morning, I have been trying to remember the name of a great sort of follow up book. its more of the recent history of the Strip, esepcially the merger between MGM and Mirage. I think it was written by a WSJ reporter that covered the industry. Can't remember the name, though :confused2:
     
  5. br549

    br549 High-Roller

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    I think the book you are referring to is "Winner Takes All" written by WSJ reporter Christine Binkley.
     
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    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    I think that was it. Also a fun read
     
  7. pvcpipe

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    I will check that book out, thanks for the rec
     
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    bratkar Low-Roller

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    Ok, I've read both of those books.... just back from Vegas, so I'm of course on my Vegas high still.. I need some reading material for the boring winter nights here in Ohio. Any other Recs for books?????
     
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    if you liked the movie Casino, the book by Nicholas Pileggi (probably mis-spelled) is good as well. I also read Lay the Favorite last year. Its a quick and fun read
     
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    Awesome book. I wish there were more like it. You also might want to check out Under the Neon Sky.
     
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    pvcpipe Tourist

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    I post on another board where dink is a regular. He is a very nice guy.
     
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    Steve in RI. Low-Roller

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    Another good Vegas read is "24-7, Living it up and Doubling Down in the New Las Vegas" by Andres Martinez. This book is also a bit dated to a trip in 1998, but its still a fun read.
     
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    I also recommend under the neon sky, it's a great book by Jay Rankin who tells the story of his life as a valet worker at the MGM! Just a great book, also whale hunt in the desert is a book that is just unbelievable to read.
     
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    Appreciate all the recommandations. Looks like this cold/snowy winter here wont to wasted now!

    Thanks!!!
     
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    chef Resident Buffetologist

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    I've read tons of Vegas literature and "Super Casino" is the best of the bunch.
     
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    Another one to check out is "Whale Hunt in the Desert" about super host Steve Cyr. High quality reading.
     
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    my favorite las vegas book is whale hunt in las vegas but supercasino is a pretty good second.
     
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    Add me to the list of "Whale Hunt in the Desert" fans
     
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    OK, I think I need to go get a copy of Whale Hunt in the Desert!
     
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