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Double or Nothing: How Two Friends Risked It All to Buy One of Las Vegas' Legendary Casinos

 
 
 
 
Double or Nothing: How Two Friends Risked It All to Buy One of Las Vegas' Legendary Casinos
Author: Tom Breitling - Cal Fussman
ISBN 13: 9780060835835
ISBN 10: 60835834
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
List Price: $24.95
 
 

Currently between gaming ventures, entrepreneur Tom Breitling, with the help of journalist Cal Fussman, delivers the inside story of what it's like to run a casino when one is young and living the Vegas life.

Publishers Weekly

In less than a decade, friends Tom Breitling (the conservative one) and Tim Poster (the risk taker) founded a successful Internet travel business and sold it for millions. Then in 2003, the pair bought the legendary and past-its-prime Golden Nugget casino for $215 million. "Las Vegas has always been a magnet for anyone who wanted to take his life to a new place," Breitling explains. "It embraced anyone who wanted to take a risk and wanted to make it better." His account of those heady, hardworking times features a doomed reality show; an arrogant, very lucky gambler dubbed Mr. Royalty; and appearances by the likes of Steve Wynn and Andre Agassi. It's astounding, with such volatile circumstances and a Vegas backdrop, that Breitling's book is so bland. His average-guy approach loses its flavor quickly as his narrative trades insight for clunky, oft-repeated metaphors in which the author compares himself to a point guard in basketball. What should be a story of two young guys trying to steer a risky business in America's playground reads too often like a business seminar transcript with hint of a scandal. (Mar.)

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