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Ask Barney

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Ask Barney


Las Vegas – the city of lights, the land of dreams, the entertainment capital of the world, the place where time stands still. It’s the last true frontier town in the Old West, only you’re not drawing against the fastest gun in the territory. You’re up against an even more formidable opponent: the casino. Barney Vinson knows how intimidating the casinos can be – and he knows how to help you overcome your fear. Vinson’s casino career has spanned over 30 years. He has worked as a dice dealer, a boxman, and a casino floor supervisor – and as the official gaming instructor of Caesars Palace, where he taught the fundamentals of all casino games. In Ask Barney, he provides answers to all your most nagging questions, from gaming strategy to Las Vegas trivia to casino terminology.
 
Casino Secrets

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Casino Secrets


The gambling instructor at Ceasars Palace teaches you how to play every popular game in the casino. Humorist Barney Vinson, author of the bestselling Las Vegas-Behind the Tables I and II, shows you how to gamble in an easy and breezy style that makes learning the games fun. Barney packs 30 years of casino experience into this complete guide to gambling and Las Vegas casinos. And Barney knows casinos - he's worked in them, partied at them, and studied them with a keen eye. You'll also find information on all the non-gambling activities in and around Las Vegas, like the museums, theme parks, and natural attractions. Throughout Casino Secrets you'll discover a bank vault's worth of insiders tips: when to visit Las Vegas, how to qualify for complimentary rooms and meals, how to get help calculating odds at the crap tables, where to find discount coupons, and more.
 
Chip-Wrecked in Las Vegas

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Chip-Wrecked in Las Vegas


This entry is a riotous collection of vignettes about Nevada and Las Vegas. Peppered with nearly 90 photographs---old and new---Chip-Wrecked reads something like a gigantic Reader's Digest of Las Vegas and Nevada. In 70 spellbinding chapters you'll read about strange events that have occurred inside casinos, why video poker is taking over the industry, scams and shams through the ages, the rise and fall of the mighty Dunes Hotel/Casino, the inside story about Las Vegas's tourists traps and who's who and what they do. You'll see actual photos of early gambling, Bugsy Siegel . . . in life and death, inside Hoover Dam---before it filled with water, Reno's famous Virginia Street in the 1930s, craps shooters in the Las Vegas Club in 1947, Louis Prima singing at the Sahara Lounge in 1956, casino surveillance through one-way mirrors, Pappy Smith in Harolds Club with old-time slots, Double Mills slots being played for $10,000, Howard Hughes and other young casino owners, and opening night at the Sands Casino in 1952. Size: 5.5" x 8.5".
 
Las Vegas Behind the Tables

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Las Vegas Behind the Tables


A respected casino executive provides stories from the heart of Las Vegas: its people, pit bosses, presidents, pioneers, and the players who keep the town beating.
Barney Vinson
Barney Vinson is one of the most popular and best-selling gaming authors of all time. He is the author of Ask Barney, Las Vegas: Behind the Tables, Casino Secrets, Las Vegas Behind the Tables Part II, and Chip-Wrecked in Las Vegas. His newest book, a novel, is The Vegas Kid.

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Barney Vinson
Barney Vinson is one of the most popular and best-selling gaming authors of all time. He is the author of Ask Barney, Las Vegas: Behind the Tables, Casino Secrets, Las Vegas Behind the Tables Part II, and Chip-Wrecked in Las Vegas. His newest book, a novel, is The Vegas Kid.

Books by Barney Vinson:

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