Every Light Was On - Bill Harrah and His Clubs Remembered
by UNR Oral History Program
If ever a man didn't appear capable of succeeding in business -- especially the rough-and-tumble casino business of the 1930s -- it was Bill Harrah. But succeed he did, starting with a small bingo parlor and building one of the most profitable casinos in the world by the 1960s. A college drop out, a womanizer, an alcoholic, Harrah's passion was his automobile collection but somehow, he managed to find the right combination within himself and from his employees, to overcome all the obstacles of his life. In this book, Dwayne Kling interviewed more than 40 people who were closely associated with the casino king -- employees and wives (he was married seven times) -- all of whom help paint a complete picture of the man, the era, and the casino's history.
Las Vegas Memories
by Jerry Fink
For the person who has been visiting Las Vegas for a long time, for the newbie to the swinging Strip and for those who have a longing for a bit of nostalgia, this book is a must-have. Subtitled Gone but Not Forgotten, the book focuses on casinos that have either been imploded, renamed, or eaten up by time. With pictures and text the authors provide a walk into past history for places like the Club Bingo, Desert Inn, Dunes, El Rancho, the Glass Pool Inn, the Klondike, Marina, Sans Souci, Silverbird, and more. It also takes a look at the Bally's/MGM monorail which no longer exists, the MGM fire, the World of Coca-Cola, Wet 'n' Wild, the Red Rooster as well as pictures and tibits of information about people -- showgirls and stars.
This book takes you into the world of sports betting, where real men bet million dollars on the outcome of a football game. The author got involved with this hidden world of sports betting when he interviewed of Rick "Big Daddy" Matthews for a magazine article. That interview turned into a venture that made him a rich man. It's the kind of life men dream of but don't really think exists. It does. The cast of characters is real; their names have been changed.Read Full Review of 'Smart Money: How The World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions'
Originally published in 1938, this book looks at old-time gamesmanship in America, from riverboats to racetracks, and explores the legal, and illegal, history of gambling in pre-World War I America. The author defines the world of gambling as one of "sharpers" and "suckers" -- those who excel at the games by cheating and their victims. From notorious gambling havens like Chicago and New Orleans to lesser-known outposts in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio, the book examines the gambling houses, big and smal. Also included are details of the lives of some of America's most famous gamblers, including Mike McDonald, John Morrissey, and Richard Canfield, as well as their infamous counterparts like "Canada Bill" and "Charley Black Eyes, " who made their names as grifters and con men. Also detailed are the games these men played, describing the rules and origins of a number of dice and card games.Read Full Review of 'Sucker's Progress'
How does a man with no phone, no office, and no files become the most powerful man in politics? This book is an explosive story of the criminal underworld and its covert takeover of American politics, business, and entertainment. It's the tale of a cadre of powerful men who, over the course of decades, secretly influenced nearly every aspect of American society, including such famous (and infamous) folks as Jules Stein, Ronald Reagan, Abe Pritzker, Lew Wasserman, and John Jacob Factor -- as well as numerous other meticulously low-profile members. At the heart of it all is was the Chicago Outfit and its fair-haired boy, Sidney Korshak, aka 'The Fixer'" who from the 1940's until his death in the 1990s, was not only the most powerful lawyer in the world, according to the FBI, but the enigmatic, almost vaporous player behind some of the shadiest deals of the 20th century: from hitherto undisclosed California land grabs (the real 'Chinatown' story) to Hollywood quid pro quos, from casino monopolies to underhanded hotel deals. As the underworld's primary link to the corporate upperworld, Korshak's backroom dominance and talent for anonymity remains unparalleled.Read Full Review of 'Supermob'
This was written by a team of gaming tax consultants providing gamblers with valuable information for years. Four sections include: The Origins and Structure of Tax Law; Tax Basics for All Gamblers; The Reporting Rules for Recreational Players; and a special Rules section for professional players.Read Full Review of 'Tax Guide for Gamblers'
Tax Help for Gamblers
by Jean Scott
Tax Help for Gamblers deals with the innumerable nuances and gray areas of gambling and taxes. It covers all the whys and wherefores of this complex subject, including tax-code specifics, record-keeping, filing your tax return, state-tax considerations, and audits and other tax problems. Numerous charts and forms help you see the practical application of the information. This book is for recreational and professional gamblers, including low and high rollers, table-game and machine players, video poker and live poker players, online enthusiasts, international and cruise ship players, and people who live or gamble in states with income taxes.
Ten Best Casino Bets
by Henry Tamburin
Co-author of Craps: Take the Money and Run and other books, Tamburin teaches the bettor what the 10 most favorable bets are in a casino, including don't pass/don't come with odds; pass line/come with odds; bank & player hand in baccarat; place bet on 6 & 8; single zero roulette; betting strategies; money management; psychology of gambling.
The American Casino Guide has been published annually since 1992 and is the most comprehensive book available for information on all U.S. casinos including all casino/resorts, riverboats and Indian casinos.Read Full Review of 'The 2013 American Casino Guide'
The new 2013 edition includes detailed information on more than 700 casinos in 40 states, plus it includes 203 coupons valued at more than $1,000! The coupons can be used now in 2012 and are valid until late December 2013.
Eng, a horseracing handicapper and author, has compiled a list of about 1,000 gaming facilities across 36 states. This directory outlines all the casinos and racinos, including land based, riverboats and tribal establishments. He breaks the listings by state and includes complete address, phone and website infomration; hotel and room availability (and amenities), games available, dining choices, entertainment options, directions, nearest airport and RV facilities.Read Full Review of 'The Guide to US Casinos and Racinos'
Konik is a contributor to Cigar Aficionado, Sports Illustrated, GQ, Forbes, Travel and Leisure, covering the gaming world for the trendy and upscale magazines, talking about cheats and legitimate players, interviewing professional gamblers, exposing touts, and giving readers an inside, close-up look at what it’s like in the world of gambling. As for the title of this collection of articles (which appeared in some of the magazines mentioned above), Konik interviews a fearless gambler (male) who got breast implants to win a $100,000 wager.paperbound.Read Full Review of 'The Man With the $100,000 Breasts'
The Unofficial Guide to Casino Gambling
by Basil Nestor
Basil Nestor incorporates decades of gambling knowledge to give the reader insight into probability, common gambling mistakes, and winning strategies in his popular book, The Unofficial Guide to Casino Gambling. Covering all the bases of casino gambling including machine games (slots and video poker), table games (blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, poker), and waiting games (keno and sports betting) the book also has sections on how to get casino comps, gambling systems, a history of gambling in the US, and much more.
Here's the perfect companion for the person who really wants to plan a trip to Las Vegas and know what to expect in regard to hotel, show, transportation and food prices, room rates etc. The unique approach of this book is matched by no other reference source—telling you how long it'll take you to go from one location to another by foot or taxi, how much it would cost by public transportation. The book describes the major showroom attractions and usual show times, where to make reservations, how much you can expect to pay, the nights of the lowest attendance, how long the show lasts, and rates the show's appeal to different age groups. You'll also find out if the show involves topless dancers, whether tips are included in the price, and a description of the show's contents (so you can see if it's suitable for children, a conservative group, etc.).There's a description of off-Strip bars, lounges, hangouts, their hours, cost of drinks, if there's a minimum, type of crowd it appeals to.Read Full Review of 'Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas'