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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing Company (Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440509092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440509097
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A colorful glimpse of the sometimes sordid, sometimes spectacular capital of capital risk."
-- "Forbes"

"A whiz-bang book...call it pop sociology, gonzo journalism, or social criticism: It's all good fun...[Martinez] is a sharp and witty observer...he has a delicious sense of irony."
-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"A quality package tour through [the] new Las Vegas...Martinez is a thorough reporter and a wittily personable cicerone."
-- "The Boston Globe"

"Entertaining--A funny and perceptive account."
-- "The New York Book Review"

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In the spring of 1998, mild-mannered, Ivy League-educated Andres Martinez took $50,000--most of the advance his publisher was paying for this book--and headed to Las Vegas for thirty days, ten casinos, and a wild ride through the belly of a neon beast. The result: this brilliant, often hilarious chronicle of flesh, flash, and gambling in a city where everyone dreams of hitting the jackpot--and once in a while, someone actually does.
From seedy strip clubs to sprawling suburbs, from the sumptuous Bellagio to the Liberace Museum, Martinez meets a host of colorful characters...gathering tricks of the trade from blackjack dealers and fellow bleary-eyed gamblers, attending Easter Sunday mass on the Strip, befriending a family man who raised six kids while losing eight million dollars as a sports gambler. An exhilarating joyride of a read, 24/7 is a breathless tour of America's Sin City...as seen through the eyes of a man making $1.65 million in wagers in a single month. Guess how much he took home?

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What sort of a publisher would give a man a $50,000 advance, knowing full well that he was going to go and spend a month in Vegas with it? A very trusting one, I suppose, or a stupid one. The book doesn't sound all that great, I mean, what's fun about gambling in Vegas for a month (besides the free beer and numerous shows/women), surely it would get boring after a week. Well, that may be the case, but in this book is an interesting insight to the way in which Vegas works, and the sort of money you need to be gambling in order to start getting room upgrades and free things. It also gives an interesting insight to the mind of a small time gambler who manages to pick up the bug quite easily, eventually seeming to become hooked on some card game played mostly Japanese people (the name of which escapes me at the moment). If you've been to Vegas and experienced the bright lights then its a fantastic book, and the author stays in most of the major hotels on the strip so you can bet your bottom dollar that if you've been there, he's been there. Well worth a read.
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An excellent well written book that very cleary paints a picture
of what it's like to be a high roller in Vegas.
Having visited Las Vegas many times I could almost see myself there at the tables with him.
A very enjoyable read
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What a great premise. Instead of writing a book, the writer takes his advance and decides to gamble it away piece by piece staying in different hotels and having different adventures along the way in Las Vegas. Simple idea and very well written.
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