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Tales of Old Las Vegas

Sam O'Connor

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ISBN 10: 1438984200 / ISBN 13: 9781438984209
Published by Authorhouse, 2009
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Tales of Old Las Vegas

Publisher: Authorhouse

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Las Vegas in 1960 was a gas, according to Frank Sinatra. Even the visitor knew something deliciously sinister was not only constantly lurking in Las Vegas' dark underbelly, but some nefarious deed could be taking place at that very moment. Tales of Old Las Vegas describes some of the mystery and excitement the town held for visitor and native alike. Some of the characters are famous people you may have heard of. Others are the little known but colorful people of the streets of Las Vegas who enjoyed the good life in their own way. The Las Vegas atmosphere in the 50s and 60s was particularly heady and magical. It was the era of the Rat Pack and Ocean's Eleven. Dean Martin was dealing "21" at the Sands for fun and driving the pit bosses crazy. Frank Sinatra was getting into fist fights with hotel managers and driving his dentist crazy. Those were the days when $5 for the show room captain could get you a seat close to the stage for almost any show, except Frank and Dean's show. A $500 bill couldn't buy a seat at those performances. Those who lived in the city were smug in the knowledge that it was an insider's playground, a familiar turf that was fun to know and move around in. Tales of Old Las Vegas brings us into the lives of the adventurers who lived in that magical era. It shows how they were affected by a free rolling city and the violent people who made and enforced the rules.

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Sam O'Connor is one of Las Vegas' survivors of the Rat Pack era. He is a writer, businessman, poker player and author of the popular book How to Dominate $1 and $2 No Limit Hold 'Em. He is also a columnist and player coach affiliated with several magazines and Internet sites. During Las Vegas' 1960s, Sam was an employee of the city's largest newspaper, The Review Journal. During those free wheeling days, he rubbed elbows with many of the famous and infamous characters of Sin City. Now, enjoying a ripe age, Sam has time to relate a few stories about the way Las Vegas used to be.

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