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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington Press; 2 edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780929712895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929712895
  • ASIN: 0929712897
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve employs a mixture of genial charm and rocket-fueled salesmanship. --FHM Magazine

In the desert, there is war. And it's superhosts like Steve Cyr who make it possible for the sundazed gamblers and milk-fed tourists who have flooded Sin City to duck the fusillade of amenities and diversions, the dueling star-endowed restaurants, the deafening nightclubs, the semi-legal skin trade, the sprawling no-exit gambling halls, the post-Liberace circuses. --Details Magazine

Cyr is one of the best. --USA Today

About the Author

Deke Castleman has been in the gambling-media business for 20 years and the travel-publishing business for nearly 30. He's written numerous editions of Las Vegas and Nevada travel guides, and, as senior editor of Huntington Press, he's edited 50 books on gambling and co-written more than 200 issues of Las Vegas' most respected gambling newsletter, the Las Vegas Advisor.

Customer Reviews

Great Vegas stories,the way it was once.
David L. Frank
I really enjoyed the book, was my first kindle purchase, So I picked a good book to try out the new kindle.
Steve Mullenix
This book is a must for anyone interested in casino life.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tennis Bum on May 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is my review from the original hardback edition (Amazon didn't map them over to this paperback edition):

If you want to read about Las Vegas's highest of high rollers, "whales," and what a casino will do to keep them happy, then this book won't fail to satisfy. Along the way you'll meet Steve Cyr, a young Turk casino host. A host is the casino's employee whose job it is to look after the big players and to keep them happy and, more importantly, keep them coming back and gambling more and more.

Much of the book is built around Cyr and his style (his style can be both inspiring and annoying). Cyr is about 70% time-share/condo salesperson and 35% cruise director and 10% Kato Kaelin (yeah, he's 115%). But the book is more than Cyr and his successful effort to modernize the way casinos market to high rollers. You'll meet some of the whales themselves. You'll find out about the mini-palaces casinos have built just for them. And one subject usually kept off the record is covered: do casinos provide sex to their top players?

The book is not a superficial People Magazine of famous celebs who frequent Vegas. It's about both sides of the table, the whales and the casinos and hosts who harpoon them. The dark side of gambling is offered up as gamblers spin downward out of control, losing millions. There are plenty of details and that's what really distinguishes this book. Other books have touched on the fantasy of the high roller's life. Such as Lifestyles of a High Roller, Anderson's Burning the Tables, Rubin's Comp City and a couple specials on the Travel Channel, but nothing has offered up the depth or detail of Whale Hunt.

The only thing missing from the book is more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pconrizzle on February 22, 2011
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I read this on my kindle and I loved it. I am obsessed with Vegas so I generally enjoy everything I read about it but with that said it was a really good story. I had a hard time putting this down and it flowed very quickly. The author gets into all the aspects you could want to know about with the life of a high roller. A lot of the stories make you realize how destructive gambling can be to those without control, aided by a greedy casino host. Steve Cyr made some great innovations in the industry and this captures his contributions to vegas very well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a must for anyone interested in casino life. It revolves around a Las Vegas 'super host' , Steve Cyr, and his day to day duties, and a bit of history. It also has generic info that does not directly deal with Cyr. I found this a very interesting and entertaining book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SirWired VINE VOICE on March 31, 2014
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This book takes what should have been a long-form "puff" piece in a magazine and stretches it out to book length. It shows no sign of being run past an editor (who might have trimmed some of the enless repetitions of referring to lesser souls as "limp d*cks".)

The author was either working for our intrepid "superhost" (which means it should have been listed as an Autobiography with a supplemental author credit) or he so much worships the ground he walks on that there's little chance there will be anything even vaguely resembling an objective look.

There are some fascinating stories in there, and if given a slightly more neutral perspective and condensed down by at least half, it could have been a much better book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By james on July 28, 2012
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Whale Hunt in the Desert gives a behind the scenes look at the world of casino perks and services offered to the highest wagering elite of the gambling world. It is also a bio of Steve Cyr who was amongst the elite of the hosting profession while he was still in his 20s. Anyone who has an interest in the Las Vegas lifestyle would find this book to be of interest as would someone who just wonders what life is like for those who live 'behind the velvet rope' of wealth. If its legal, its available... if its not legal, it still might be available free of charge to high rollers who frequent Sin City.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Goldstein on November 28, 2013
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As close as you can come to learning about the lifestyle, perks, and craziness of the Vegas whale without emptying your bank account and buying in for a rack of purple and yellow chips.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I liked the content. This book provides an inside and behind the scenes look at how casinos recruit, satisfy and ultimately monetize the highest bankrolled casino players. Some of the writing is a little over the top, for example vanity type references to Mr. Cyr. The editing is terrible. There are a number of grammatical and spelling errors in the Kindle edition. I was able to overlook these and enjoyed the book. Be warned, the proofreading quality of the Kindle edition is not consistent with other book. This is a unique insight into a secret world.
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By VIVEK SHIVDASANI on August 20, 2014
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This is a super book about the meanest, most exciting, very competitive and very efficiently run gaming industry. Las Vages portrays itself as a paradise with its beautiful women, luxurious surroundings and the aura of instant riches but in reality it is hell for all those who fall under its spell. Las Vages displays the very best and worst of American capitalism. It amazes me how the gaming industry is run with such sophistication and efficiency. I highly recommend this book
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