Barney Vinson Chip-Wrecked in Las Vegas

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Chip-Wrecked in Las Vegas

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9780934422079: 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".

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Before the railroad came through this part of the country, life was tough for folks in the west. To give you an idea of how popular Nevada was, anyone who wanted to live here could get 160 acres of land just for the asking. Until the late 1950s, Las Vegas wasn't even the largest city in Nevada (Reno took the honors). Places like Virginia City, Rhyolite and Goldfield---all ghost towns today---were where the action was. But all that changed, and America's fastest-growing city became one of the nation's most infamous. Barney's book traces the Las Vegas area from its inception to the present time with humorous stories which couldn't have been written about anywhere else in the world.

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Join Barney Vinson on a fun-filled romp through Las Vegas. It's the best bet in town! From The Book . . .

Strange Events That Have Occurred Inside Casinos

Why Video Poker Is Taking Over The Gaming Industry

Las Vegas Scams and Shams Through The Ages

The Rise and Fall of the Mighty Dunes Hotel

The True Story of the Life and Death of Bugsy Siegel

Your Best Odds On All The Games In Las Vegas

The Inside Story About Las Vegas's Tourist Traps

That Private, Little Casino At Caesars Palace

And . . . Riverboat Gambling; Untold Celebrity Stories; What People Earn In Las Vegas; Early Times In Nevada; plus A Riotous collection of Vignettes About America's Favorite Pastime!

See . . . A Rare Collection of Over 80 Photographs Selected and Captioned By the Publisher Showing Nearly a Century of Nevada and Las Vegas!

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