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24/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  142 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
In the spring of 1998, mild-mannered, Ivy League-educated Andrés Martinez took $50,000--most of the advance his publisher was paying for this book--and headed to Las Vegas for thirty days, ten casinos, and a wild ride through the belly of a neon beast. The result: this brilliant, often hilarious chronicle of flesh, flash, and gambling in a city where everyone dreams of hit ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 7th 2000 by Dell (first published 1999)
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Mike Carpenter
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and informative.
Apr 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gambling, non-fiction
This book chronicles the author's month-long gambling spree in Las Vegas, using his $50,000 book advance as his bankroll. He's not a "professional" gambler so his approaches are delightfully amateurish and amusing as he takes on baccarat, slots, roulette, blackjack and more. Along the way, he explores the comp system at the Vegas hotels and keeps an ongoing log of his bankroll's ups and downs. It is a fun look at Las Vegas and the world of gambling. My husband and I both reread this every few ye ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book caught my curiosity as it followed a writers foray into gambling with a $50,000 bankroll over a period of time at various casinos in Vegas. I worked in the industry for about 10 years in progressive slot computer operations which he encounters. The book at times was interesting and entertaining but got bogged down in running a bit long. His adventures became somewhat predictable and being a bit dated some of the mystique that Vegas offers was not quite there. Not a bad read but not wha ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a fun read and I appreciate the author's humor. I was worried that it would feel a little dated at this point in time but it was rather interesting to read about Vegas at the time where Luxor had just opened, Bellagio was about to open and the Desert Inn was still standing.

One thing I didn't like about the book was some of the pacing. He would go into great detail on some stuff to follow it up with just brushing over the next event or person he talked to. I would have loved a lot longer ver
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a really interesting read. Set in 1998, so it's a little dated if you are traveling to Las Vegas currently, but it is full of facts and fun stories about many casinos which are still around and Las Vegas in general: Bellagio, The Mirage, Luxor, New York New York. I read it before and during a trip there and it was cool to see some of the things the author writes about - although I was too shy to try and ask my way in to the private Baccarat room at The Mirage which houses works by Picas ...more
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my very most favorite books about Las Vegas! It was fantastic to learn so much about the people that populate the city, the casino life style, comps and what it's like to be on a hot streak and a woeful "cooler." For some reason, while I am not much of a gambler, I do find Las Vegas history and gamblers in general pretty fascinating, so I couldn't have been happier to read this story about a man who took his book advance to Las Vegas with the personal rule in place that he would gamble ea ...more
Rae Gee
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Interesting concept of the guy who goes to Vegas with $50,000 of someone else's money in his pocket (Part of his advance for this book). Along the way he meets some interesting characters and details every casino/hotel he went to. However, the gambling descriptions soon become a little repetitive. Definitely an interesting read for anyone who has yet to read a book on Sin City.
Dec 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Get a 50k advance to write a book about the "new Vegas". Take the advance with you and commit to 30 days of gambling. Write about the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the casinos, the action, etc...makes for a great read for Vegas book.
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun read of a month gambling in Vegas. I really enjoyed delving a little more deeply into the history, politics, marketing of Las Vegas. I also thought the author just about gave himself a gambling addiction. Some language.
Steve Ruskin
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! It was the best one of several that I've read about Las Vegas. Much better than "The Last Honest Place in America" in my opinion. The only thing I could have done without is some of the filler about a book the author is reading.
Josh Stephens
Jul 28, 2010 rated it liked it
One guy's adventures in gambling in Las Vegas bankrolled by his employer. Pretty cool and interesting story. Sounds like the greatest job of all time.
Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books about the "new" Las Vegas.
Aug 29, 2010 rated it liked it
I like Vegas, I wish I had 50,000$ to spend there. I want to be a whale, but probably not everyone will like this. It has inspired me to want to read some Doestoevsky.
Dec 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Well-written and funny, although he has a rather casual attitude towards losing an awful lot of money.
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