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Comped [Paperback]

Bill Kearney
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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.

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 (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,886,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So you want to be a High Roller? 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story 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
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comped........By Bill Kearney April 22, 2002
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK REVIEW OF "COMPED" BY N. LIPTON May 3, 2002
Format:Paperback
ONCE YOU START READING "COMPED" YOU CAN'T PUT IT DOWN UNTIL
YOU HAVE FINISHED IT. ALL PEOPLE WHO FREQUENT THE GAMBLING
CASINOS SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. THE AUTHOR IS TRYING TO SHOW
THE METHODS THAT THE CASINOS USE TO LURE THE PATRONS INTO
THE ADDICTIVE WORLD OF GAMBLING, AND HOW IT CAN DESTROY YOUR
LIFE. THE BOOK WILL MAKE A GREAT MOVIE!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it March 23, 2014
By Jared
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been through the ups and downs of gambling. I can relate to Bill's story. The casinos have ruined my life. Probably the best book I have ever read. Wish I could sit down with the author and swap stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who thinks gambling is entertainment; its more...
A powerful story of how gambling can quickly destroy a successful person's life. There should be more publicity of the dangers of gambling addiction as it spreads throughout our... Read more
Published 7 months ago by fkirsh
3.0 out of 5 stars Definite Mixed Feelings...
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. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. Goldstein
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read
Excellent book. captures the drama of gambling very well. makes you think twice gambling and the effects it can have on people.
Published 15 months ago by Steven Askin
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Story!!
Wow, I read this book in 3 days. I couldn't put it down. It was such an interesting story and I could relate to the deterioration of life that occurs with a severe gambling... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A great read about the life of a gambler. I found this book riveting and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend.
Published 19 months ago by Diego 454
4.0 out of 5 stars comped
I'm glad about one thing, that I never was a gambler, and after reading this book, I know why. I enjoyed how the story innocently told the background of Richie V. Read more
Published on November 18, 2002 by Craig Solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars Caution:Casino gambling can be dangerous to your health!
I bought this book thinking that maybe the author could show me how to get better "comps," but after I finished reading it, well, I guess you could say, I got the... Read more
Published on May 14, 2002 by Dave Berlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Caution:Casino gambling can be dangerous to your health!
I bought this book thinking that maybe the author could show me how to get better "comps," but after I finished reading it, well, I guess you could say, I got the... Read more
Published on May 14, 2002 by Dave Berlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Incredible and extremely well written. Every once in a while I will get a book and within a couple of months I will read it just to pass the time. Read more
Published on May 11, 2002 by Brandon Scher
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