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Whale Hunt in the Desert divulges the unbridled lengths to which casinos go to bag the world's biggest gamblers--the whales. This definitive expose reveals the shrouded world of ultra-high rollers and the Faustian pacts they forge with their hosts, the casino representatives whose job it is to part them from their fortunes. Private jets, penthouses, personal chefs, show-up money, rebates on losses, and the most beautiful women on Earth--nothing is too excessive. This is the only book ever to examine the lifestyles and motivations of this rarest of breeds, as well as the highly guarded inner workings of the most money-oriented culture known to man. This third edition includes a Foreword by Anthony Curtis and an extensive update about Las Vegas, the "greening" of gambling, the nightclub and dayclub scenes, the evolving host position, and much more--all in the words of the superhost, Steve Cyr.
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Prologue: The Greed & the Fear; Part One: Whale Hunters: All in a Nights Work; From Salina to Caesars; Storming Barrons Joint; Turning the System on Its Head; The Office Orangutans; Telemarketing the Marks. Part Two: Harpoons: -- Rolling Dead Chips; Wine, Women, & Song; The Furniture of Love; Condom City. Part Three: Whales -- "A Friend of the Devil Is a Friend of Mine; Alone in the Casino, Just Me & My Machine-o; From Pathological to Professional; The Fall of a Gambler, the Rise of a Host; Its a Small World After All; & the Beat Goes On; Epilogue: Greed & Fear Redux; Afterword: Who Loves Ya, Baby?; Index.


About the Author

Deke Castleman wrote six editions of Nevada Handbook between 1988 and 1999 and seven editions of Compass Las Vegas between 1991 and 2003. He's contributed to Fodor's, Frommer's, Unofficial, and Access Las Vegas guides, as well as numerous Nevada and general travel magazines and websites. As editor at Huntington Press, he's edited 100 books on gambling and Las Vegas. Whale Hunt in the Desert is the culmination of his 25-year career in travel and gambling writing and publishing.

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