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Whale Hunt in the Desert: Secrets of a Vegas Superhost

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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 ...more
ebook, 330 pages
Published January 15th 2011 by Huntington Press (first published September 30th 2004)
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Mromigh
Received this as a gift from a friend who knows I like Vegas for its non-gambling scene. This book focuses on the cultivation of gambling "whales", aka big-time rollers who are systematically wined and dined as they anonymously bankroll the Strip's big cash cages. The author is dead on with his literary ebb and flow--smart, sexy, sarcastic, sensual, and a sense of humor to top it off. Good perspective on what goes on behind those gilded closed doors at the nicest casinos. Highly recommended read ...more
louisa
Rover shifts are always dangerous to my efforts to have less than 50 checkouts at a time. This Monday I came away with this book, a hula dancing documentary, a coffee table book on the weather, The Invention of Clouds, and Prom Night in Kansas City. The stories were fun if the tone forced (but fitted to the genre and publishing house). Good for readers who like to read about gambling or tall tales of the rich and famous.

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Brent Dyer
Interesting read, but sometimes a little short on the details, especially on the "downward slide" of the Whales in Vegas. It's fascinating to see how they are lured in with fancy comps and perks, but would have loved to get a better look at what happens when they "bust out" and lose it all.
Dan
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.
George
This is a good book for any Vegas junky. It goes behind the scenes with a high roller host. Good book that shows you how to self market and not take no for an answer. Also has great cold calling tricks to make the person think they know you.
Heather
it's fun to see how much whales are willing to spend AND the crazy requests they have fulfilled. One whale had a fleet of limosines filled with family members swarm the In-N-Out burger for lunch before dropping a few mill at the tables..
Alyssa
The content of this book is very interesting, but every once in a while the language gets a little annoying. It seemed like the author was trying too hard to have spunky Vegas attitude...but I suppose that's to be expected.
Bill
Very eye opening look at the business of gambling, Vegas, high rollers and the industry that caters to them.
Andrew
Good for Vegas audience.
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