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Comped

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ISBN-13: 978-0970834409
ISBN-10: 0970834403
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The price you pay when living it up and doubling down in Atlantic City.This book is a must read for any one who has a family member or friend being "comped" in the casinos. The author, in his main character Richie V., will take you on a roller coaster ride of a lifetime as he reveals his short-lived High Roller adventures in the casinos of Atlantic City. From his first room being "comped" to the limos, helicopters, and lavish penthouse suite's that the casinos provide as they cultivate their mark.

From the Author

In the early '80s at the age of 32, I walked through the elegant brass and glass arched doors of what was once known as the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. Within a few months, I walked through every casino door Atlantic City had to offer and was considered (Especially in my own head) a "High Roller." The title lasted less than 7 months, leaving me to fight through what I call today, "The Casino Wars." For over fifteen years I have been doing thorough research on all books written about casino gambling. From the how-to-win books, books on how the casinos operate, and the few and far between horror stories written about the darker side of Atlantic City and Las Vegas. In all these years, I have yet to come across one book, newspaper article, investigating report or movie that has told the true story. Comped is based on a true story. I have written as fiction because I know if I would have written it in nonfiction, the casino industry would go to the farthest means in order to stop its publication. That may sound like a robust claim, but after you read Comped, you will understand why.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Scott Press (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970834403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970834409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,980,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo S on May 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
After reading this book,you'll think twice about that. It's been a longtime sence a book really got to me! I was flying with the highs and crashing with the lows. It's a modern-day, David and Goliath story, only in this one , Dave runs out of chips. I would highly recommend this book to all those knuckleheads who write books on how to beat the casinos, and those who live in states where your politicians are pushing to legalize casino gambling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Sassoon on August 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm on the fence with this one...
The gambling action is fantastic: descriptions of the highs and lows are very good, true to their volitile and destructive form, and are finally, very authentic. A very insightful and unencumbered perspective into pathological gambling is offered from a very interesting angle. Maybe it's the Atlantic City 'patois', but I wasn't too impressed with the dialog -- it was a little over-the-top, and more testosterone-driven than what I'd expected - certainly from what I've seen personally from the `regulars' of the high limit gaming areas. At times, it felt like "The Fast and the Furious" meets "The Gambler".
Atypical of your textbook pathological gambler, who is normally very reserved and diminutive in nature, the main character acts a little outside the profile of what I think is consistent with such a character. I have a slight issue with the title, but I can occasionally see the argument for it, and thus overlook it. The book improves considerably towards the end, picking up manic rhythm and interest just as the pathology is in full bloom. The last chapters are wonderful! Overall, I would offer this book as an interesting read and recommend it.
So, I guess I'm on the "buy it anyway" side of the fence. There aren't many books like it, and if you're into gambling literature, it's certainly worth its place in your collection. BUT NOTE: I didn't get my copy of the book from Amazon; however, if it's the same, be weary of the pages falling out once they're turned over. Quality of the physical publication isn't very strong.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By t. cattani on May 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
Could not put this book down. Very well written and the story is very interesting from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book. This is a story many people can relate to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By danny mcnamara on April 22, 2002
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i am an avid reader and it thrills me to finally read a masterpiece that dares to take a risk and write about something that i feel the journalism world was starving for.Finally a story with depth and weight.A story thats believable yet unbelievable at the same time.Kearney is definitely a talent to be reckoned with.Where has he been all this time?I admire his courage and frankness on how he exposes the casino industry for what it really is.Also how he makes you become almost as one with the main character Richie V.The supporting cast especially the "bulbers" as he calls them is the glue that keeps the story fresh.I feel this work is a must read for everyone,not just for an inside view of how the casinos really operate but as a novel by an author with remarkable talent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank Grimes on April 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
An intriguing look at gambling compulsion and how the casino's (this being set in Atlantic City) feed into, with no regard, this very dangerous addiction. Kearney pulls no punches and gives a not so publized account of all that can go wrong when you become emmersed in the "high roller" life style. Though the story has a very powerful point, it is full of humerous stories of the main character Richie V's exploits that had me shaking my head. Living close to Atlantic City myself and being an occassional gambler, it will make me think twice about my next "just for fun" trip down there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nadine Garber on April 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have experienced the horror that arrives when a family member has a gambling addiction. It's a shame that this book didn't come out sooner! it just might have saved a few poor souls who also considered themselves High Rollers in Atlantic City. I have read alot of books on gambeling addiction, but nothing like this one. I especially enjoyed the first chapters and the incredible way Kearney writes the childhood and successful businessman life of his main character Richie V. And once he moves you into the casinos of Atlantic City, well you better not need sleep. I gave it to my brother, who like myself couldn't put it down. We'd both like to thank Mr. Kearney for bringing some closure to our lives.
Nadine G
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Format: Kindle Edition
Definite mixed feelings about this book. The positives are a strong style and a passion for the subject, with what certainly feels like an insider's point of view. As the story progressed towards its inevitable conclusion, it felt like an out-of-control train barreling down the tracks, which might be an accurate description of that level of addiction.

That being said, the narrator and main character is pretty unpleasant and lacks all self-awareness, which makes his dominance of the story pretty overwhelming at times. If the book was being written as a cautionary tale, I'd think that a more sympathetic main character would have worked better, since when the final few pages tried to turn his addiction into a cautionary tale against the casino's enticements, after hundreds of pages of loudmouth bragging, pushiness, and general knuckleheadedness, it read more like yet another attempt by Richie V. to absolve himself of any blame for his actions.

I also don't think that I've ever read a book that paid so much attention to ethnicity, which might have been accurate for the area and time period, but a few hundred pages of every character being described as a goy or Jew or whatnot (and with just about every ethnicity, curse, etc. in italics for added emphasis) just grew tiresome. Perhaps because of this the book felt a lot longer than it needed to be, with long chapters about Richie's childhood and business operations.

So I'd still give the book a nod for the casino-based heart of the story, but there's a lot besides that to work around.
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