Tales from the Pit

Author: David Schwartz
Publisher: Unlv Gaming Press
ISBN: 9781939546098
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Dealing in a casino presents challenges and rewards not seen in many workplaces. With hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake every minute, table games pits are high-stress workplaces. Managing a workforce of dealers and attending to the needs of players brings stresses of its own. In 2015, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas's Center for Gaming Research received a grant from the UNLV University Libraries Advisory Board that enabled it to undertake an oral history project intended to capture the stories of table games managers, including both those currently working in the field and those who have retired. Drawn from these interviews, Tales from the Pit provides an overview of how the interviewees felt about a variety of topics, ranging from their experiences breaking in as new dealers to their transitions to management and the changes the industry has seen over their careers. The current and former managers speak candidly about the owners, bosses, dealers, and players who made each day challenging. This book illuminates the past several decades of casino history through the words of those who lived and made it.

The Age of Addiction

Author: David T. Courtwright
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674737377
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We live in an age of addiction, from compulsive gaming and shopping to binge eating and opioid abuse. What can we do to resist temptations that insidiously and deliberately rewire our brains? Nothing, David Courtwright says, unless we understand the global enterprises whose “limbic capitalism” creates and caters to our bad habits.

Casino Women

Author: Susan Chandler
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801462703
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Casino Women is a pioneering look at the female face of corporate gaming. Based on extended interviews with maids, cocktail waitresses, cooks, laundry workers, dealers, pit bosses, managers, and vice presidents, the book describes in compelling detail a world whose enormous profitability is dependent on the labor of women assigned stereotypically female occupations-making beds and serving food on the one hand and providing sexual allure on the other. But behind the neon lies another world, peopled by thousands of remarkable women who assert their humanity in the face of gaming empires' relentless quest for profits. The casino women profiled here generally fall into two groups. Geoconda Arguello Kline, typical of the first, arrived in the United States in the 1980s fleeing the war in Nicaragua. Finding work as a Las Vegas hotel maid, she overcame her initial fear of organizing and joined with others to build the preeminent grassroots union in the nation-the 60,000-member Culinary Union-becoming in time its president. In Las Vegas, "the hottest union city in America," the collective actions of union activists have won economic and political power for tens of thousands of working Nevadans and their families. The story of these women's transformation and their success in creating a union able to face off against global gaming giants form the centerpiece of this book. Another group of women, dealers and middle managers among them, did not act. Fearful of losing their jobs, they remained silent, declining to speak out when others were abused, and in the case of middle managers, taking on the corporations' goals as their own. Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones appraise the cost of their silence and examine the factors that pushed some women into activism and led others to accept the status quo. Casino Women will appeal to all readers interested in women, gambling, and working-class life, and in how ordinary people stand up to corporate actors who appear to hold all the cards.

Gangsterland

Author: Tod Goldberg
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641174899
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Hart und zynisch – ein moderner amerikanischer Thriller Mafiakiller Sal Cupertine hat es vermasselt. Durch Verquickung unglücklicher Umstände hat er in Chicago drei FBI-Beamte getötet – ein böser Fehler. Statt dafür von seinem Boss selbst ins Jenseits befördert zu werden, landet er nach diversen Gesichtsoperationen und entsprechendem Intensivstudium als Rabbi David Cohen in einer jüdischen Gemeinde in Las Vegas. Aber auch dort hat die Mafia ihre Finger im Spiel. Bald geht Rabbi Cohen nicht nur wieder seinem alten Gewerbe nach, sondern entdeckt weitere lukrative Betätigungsfelder, die sich mit der Rolle als Seelsorger aufs Beste vereinen lassen. Mit viel Witz verbindet Tod Goldberg in einem raffinierten Plot die Welt des organisierten Verbrechens mit Tora und Talmud – und das alles im glitzernden Las Vegas, diesem ruchlosen Gangsterland mitten in der Wüste.

Win or lose

Author: Stephen Longstreet
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill Company
ISBN:
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Casino

Author: Nicholas Pileggi
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783426604397
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Victims

Author: Edmund Romilly
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
ISBN: 0993152376
Format: PDF, ePub
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Twenty-eight year old casino worker, Giles Jones, is a disturbed and dangerous man. Having endured a tortured childhood and adolescence on account of his drug-addicted father, who later committed suicide, Giles has a lot of pent up anger. When Giles discovers that he has been defrauded of his inheritance from his late father’s estate, he vows to exact his revenge. The first to die is Aylmer Jones, one of the trustees of the estate, followed by solicitor, Derek Bradshaw, who is gunned down with his wife in their home. Next Giles targets his stepmother, Coral, and her father, the other estate trustee, who has moved into Giles old family home where Giles is eventually arrested. Whilst Giles waits in prison to discover his fate, he is visited by his friend, Jessica Wu, another victim of theft and what she has to come to tell him throws him into a whole new agony of mind. Victims explores what can happen when a man is pushed to the limit and how the past impacts our present. A powerful and, in places, gruesome novel that will leave all crime fans wanting more.