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Casino Secrets Paperback – January, 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington Pr; 1 Ed edition (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929712021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929712024
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,301,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I came to Las Vegas in 1967. Walking through those glittering casinos, seeing movie stars up so close you could touch one, watching a thousand dollars change hands on one roll of the dice or a single turn of the cards . . . this was where the action was! Never mind the blood-boiling summers or the bone-numbing winters. Inside those casinos everything stayed the same, except me. My life was changed forever.

I went to a local dealers' school, learning the intricacies of such games as baccarat and craps. No diploma when I finished, just a tip on who was hiring. My first job was as a break-in dealer at the Pioneer Club, and from there I went to the Mint Hotel, the Landmark and later the Dunes. They're all closed now (but I swear I had nothing to do with it).

Before becoming a full time writer, I was the Gaming Instructor at Caesars Palace, where I was no longer the student but the teacher. It was a great job, because I got to help people have fun -- which is all gambling was meant to be.

Credits include appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Travel Channel, Game Show Network, Morton Downey Show. Featured in Bottom Line Magazine, Las Vegas Style, Casino Journal, Casino Player. Technical Consultant for Players Network and computer game Caesars World of Gambling. Creative Consultant for Spike TV's "King of Vegas" series. Guest speaker at FBI Symposium, International Gaming & Business Exposition, World Gaming Congress, Casino Player Gaming Festival. Member of "Distinguished Men of Southern Nevada."

Books include Las Vegas Behind The Tables parts 1 and 2, Chip-Wrecked In Las Vegas, Casino Secrets, Ask Barney, The Vegas Kid, The Big Spin, The Games We Play.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a great introduction to the games that you can play in Vegas, the odds that the house has on each game. There's also good information about almost every casino in Vegas -- what's good and bad about each one.
Vinson has a nice writing style. He's humorous and informative.
Get this book if you've never been to Vegas, or if you've only been there a few times. The only strike against this book is that it's a few years old (published in 1996, I think), and things to change.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Trinkley on January 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is has Every number of every hotel in las vegas...which is great for finding out prices and attractions for the casinos at particular times, the author is a great writer...he kept my attention the whole time, and that's not easy to do! The most important thing is that he supplied the secrets and how-to info on most of the games in casinos...limiting the house edge to basically nothing, i'll be trying his methods in april and carrying his book!
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