Issue 119
December 23-29, 2002
Volume 3
page 3
Merry Christmas!
 

It’s the People Who Made Las Vegas
Here's A Must-Read Booklist of Movers, Shakers

By Howard Schwartz

Out there among the millions of bettors and those who are fascinated with the history of Las Vegas and what made it the unique city it is, are people fascinated with how it all began and who those visionaries and their contributions.
Here are some suggested books for those of you who want to know how these unique, talented, perhaps even lucky individuals got their ideas and
implemented them:

Running Scared by John Smith (376 pages, paperbound, $15). Published in 2001 it soon became the most controversial biography ever about any big-name casino owner when a major lawsuit was filed against the publisher by Steve Wynn, about whom the book was about. Traces his earliest days to modern times, on how he parlayed a small parcel of land into a casino empire, with a lot of help along the way. Indexed and illustrated, it became the Gamblers Book Shop’s hottest seller in three decades.

The First 100 - Portraits of the Men and Women Who Shaped Las Vegas by A.D. Hopkins and K.J. Evans (361 pages, paperbound, $19.95). Thousands of hours of research went into this one-of-a-kind compendium highlighting the gamblers, entrepreneurs, characters, builders and explorers who made Las Vegas what it is today. Includes Bugsy Siegel, Howard Hughes, Bob Martin, Mo Dalitz, Frank Sinatra, Jay Sarno, Bob Stupak, Steve Wynn, Tony Cornero and Don Laughlin. Illustrated, indexed.

Hughes - The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters by Richard Hack (444 pages, paperbound, $18.95). About 100 pages of this 2001 book focus on the late billionaire’s escapes and maneuvers in Las Vegas, starting in 1966, when he makes a decision to leave the East for the Wild West and goes on a buying spree for hotels and land when forever changed the course of the city’s history and future hotel owners. Indexed and illustrated it has dozens of reference sources for anyone planning to research the man in any direction.

Every Light Was On - Bill Harrah and His Clubs Remembered (compiled from oral interviews by Wayne Kling) (454 pages, hardbound, $24.95). Harrah’s is one of the world’s largest hotel and casino chains. Bill Harrah is the founder. How he got started, how he innovated and expanded his concepts and operations; his philosophies about entertainment, gambling and people are outlined in this collection of interviews of a wide spectrum of people, including an ex-wife (he was married seven times); former employees and executives. They talk about cheaters, dealers, the games, casino promotion, management training, what worked and what didn’t and why. Excellent for management, marketing and promotionally-oriented people who don’t yet grasp what the public wants and why in regard to gambling and customer service.

No Limit - The Rise and Fall of Bob Stupak and Las Vegas’ Stratosphere Tower by John Smith (299 pages, hardbound, $21.95). One of Las Vegas’ most controversial millionaires and how he parlayed a small slot joint into a $100 million a year gambling operation and how he manipulated the media with outrageous stunts and promotions. Indexed, illustrated, it goes back to his earliest days in Pittsburgh, PA., where his father Chester tutored him about gambling at the Lotus Club - and from there he was off and running, a legend in the industry.

Books mentioned are available from Gambler’s Book Shop, 630 South 11th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101. Order from their toll-free line at 1-800-522-1777 from 9 to 5 Pacific time, Monday through Saturday or via their web site at www.gamblersbook.com anytime. There are 1,000 other books on the site in 30 different areas of gambling. You may also receive an 80-page catalog by mail if you request a copy. The store is in its 38th year of operation and is located a mile from downtown and two miles from where The Strip begins, a block west of Maryland Parkway and just off Charleston Boulevard.

As the holidays quickly approach the question a lot of people are asking themselves are "What can I get for my favorite gaming aficionado?" Well, there is a place you can go without hopping on a plane and heading to your favorite gift shop in Las Vegas.

PokerProducts.com - Poker Products is an unique web site that focuses in the Thursday Night poker player. They offer everything and anything relating to poker. One can order playing cards from casinos, poker chips, and even complete poker tables. Check out their "HOT DEALS" page for quick and impressive gift ideas.

Hollywood Park Derby
Hollywood Track & Card Room, Inglewood, CA
January 3-19, 2003

Call 954-924-3200 for more information

$1 Million Slot Tournament
Paris Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Thru December 2002

Call 800-671-1111 for more information

4th Annual Jack Binion Open
Horseshoe Casino / Gold Strike Casino, Tunica, MS
January 7-31, 2003

Call 800-303-7463 for more information

Blackjack Tournament
Bally's Belle of Orleans, New Orleans, LA
January 7, 2003

Call 800-572-2559 for more information

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