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Product Details

  • Paperback: 530 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484915577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484915578
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mathis is a highly gifted writer and the narrative is compelling and thought provoking."
-- Crystal Brown-Tatum


"JT has always had an amazing view of the world. This book is just further proof of what he has overcome and that he will always perceiver. The sight his words have shown me have forever changed the way I look at gaming. I can't wait to explore the next world he opens up for me."
-- Brenda Joyner


"Beautifully written personal account of the TRUTH about casinos."
-- eBook Fan


"This is the real story of the casino, what the casino does to the community and to its employees."
-- Greg Perry

More About the Author

Author of the "I Deal to Plunder" and "For the (soon) unemployed: You Against Them", John-Talmage Mathis holds an MBA from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and has simultaneously attained a bachelors in marketing, bachelors in management, and an assoicates in computer information technology from McNeese State University. He has also served proudly in the military.

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This was a very raw, very human experience for the author, and that translates directly to the book.
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The writing is the worst have ever seen published.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Cunningham on October 4, 2013
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I consider myself to be a bit of a gambling buff - I work with several clients involved in gambling in the US - so I guess I would classify myself as a student of the industry. That being said, this book offered a host of stories, info, and theories that I was eye-opening for me personally.

The first 1/3 of the book is written very much like a memoir, introducing you to the setting, characters, and personal stories occurring within the authors department at the casino. I found this section to be refreshing in style, but was eagerly anticipating the latter 2/3s of the book (as I was reading primarily for insider info on the casinos themselves.) When I got there, I realized why this front section had taken a very "ground-floor" approach - It provided a frame of reference for which you interpret the actions and happenings in the last 2/3.

Very rarely have I found myself devouring hundreds of pages in one sitting, but that's what happened here. I tackled the first 1/3 in an evening, and the remaining 2/3 was finished within one 3 hour sitting. It was a really great read - eye-opening and informative, and at many times very sad.

Most importantly, what I enjoyed most about this book was the passion. This was a very raw, very human experience for the author, and that translates directly to the book. Most notably, in some sections covering conversations the author had with other employees in the casino, you could really feel the inner struggle the author and some of his colleagues were having with their chosen careers.

In summary, this is well-worth a few reads for anyone who's ever been curious to the underpinnings of a casino, from an author who pulled no punches and writes in a raw and unapologetic style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BookLover on August 6, 2013
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There is nothing like when a writer does so from a live experience. The author of this book uses his writing skills to communicate to the readers what they need to know about gambling. I would recommend this book to anyone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Legacy Farm on August 25, 2013
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This book made me cry, laugh and angry. The author's communicating his unconditional love to his unborn son and gratitude to his parents of the unconditional love they have instilled in him made me cry; so genuine and admirable. It also made me emotional when he discussed his goal to share his success to his parents. His intension is remarkable; a caring and loving son. I found myself laughing with his jokes reflecting his childhood as well as his adult life. Angry because I can relate to the unfairness he experiences at his job and the politics in the work force; nepotism, cronyism etc. This book not only emotionally touched me, it also cognitively stimulated me. The author objectively explains how the Casino Business works from inside and out. It gives me insight on how this business works in general. Thank you for writing this book. Well researched and written. You are an excellent writer continue writing...mmf
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra on August 22, 2013
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And that is exactly what this book did to me. It opened my eyes to the world that I had created for myself. A world of darkness, and lies, and deceiving those around me that I loved. As the book said, "I've never felt that the American Dream was owed to me. I never felt that I was entitled to this Dream. This is why I laid the cobblestone before me for this Dream to be achieved."

And that is exactly how I felt, until I read this book. I came from a family of poverty. My mother was on welfare, my father wasn't in the picture, and there would be days where my siblings and I wouldn't eat. The thought of one day going to college was a complete joke. So what was I going to do for a living? No degree=no money. So instead, I would take what little money I DID have, and hit the casino. Did I ever win? Sure sometimes. But it was all pure luck. I was gambling away my rent and food money. Sometimes I was great, most times I wasn't. I was truly addicted to this life I had created.

I knew I needed help and a friend of mine recommended this book. What is great about this book is the fact that you get to see what is going on from the casino's perspective. What their goals are and how they want to keep bringing you in so they can profit off of your mishaps. Once I was able to see exactly how the casino's viewed me as a person (which was literally as nothing), I stopped. Cold turkey. Sometimes, you need to be put in your place; have your eyes opened. This book did that for me. It saved my life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jaime A. Geraldi on August 9, 2013
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It takes a lot of guts to, well, spill your guts, and Mathis does just that in his latest eye-opener of a book. It's a tell-all story about the casino industry which he proves to be dishonest, and double-dealing (pun intended). He also pours his heart out by confessing his own personal demons, and obstacles he sadly had no choice but to overcome. The author also offers tips, hints and strategies on how to squash the battling devil inside which can lead to a terrible addiction to gambling. As a former worker in one of the too many casinos which are legal in the U.S., this writer who has also bravely served our country, grants readers an invitation, and an all-access pass to exactly how the casinos operate. And, the behind the scenes confession rears its head almost instantaneously as you begin to digest his disclosure. His true story exercises thoughts that one may have previously believed to be buried deep within, and really gets one wondering if they really ever knew anything about the industry at all. This book, and this author is the only gamble you should ever take. It's a win-win situation.
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