Super Casino: Inside the "New" Las Vegas

Super Casino Inside the New Las Vegas In this lively and probing book award winning author Pete Earley traces the extraordinary evolution of Las Vegas from the gaudy Mecca of the Rat Pack era to one of the country s top family vacation s

  • Title: Super Casino: Inside the "New" Las Vegas
  • Author: Pete Earley
  • ISBN: 9780553573497
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this lively and probing book, award winning author Pete Earley traces the extraordinary evolution of Las Vegas from the gaudy Mecca of the Rat Pack era to one of the country s top family vacation spots He revisits the city s checkered history of moguls, mobsters, and entertainers, reveals the real stories of well known power brokers like Steve Wynn and legends likeIn this lively and probing book, award winning author Pete Earley traces the extraordinary evolution of Las Vegas from the gaudy Mecca of the Rat Pack era to one of the country s top family vacation spots He revisits the city s checkered history of moguls, mobsters, and entertainers, reveals the real stories of well known power brokers like Steve Wynn and legends like Howard Hughes and Bugsy Siegel, and offers a fascinating portrait of the life, death, and fantastic rebirth of the Las Vegas Strip Earley also documents the gripping tale of the entrepreneurs behind the rise and fall and rise again of one of the largest gaming corporations in the nation, Circus Circus to which he was given unique access In his trademark you are there style, he takes us behind the scenes to meet the blackjack dealers and hookers, the heavy hitters and bit players, the security officers, cabbies, and showgirls who are caught up in the mercurial pace that pulses at the heart of this astounding city.

    One thought on “Super Casino: Inside the "New" Las Vegas”

    1. This was a book club book that I worried was too dated to be interesting (2001). It was actually really good. There are a number of people/families in the book that I know personally and it was kind of weird to read about them and the parts they played in the making of the Strip way before I ever met them.

    2. Great book! When I started playing slot machines, I decided to read something about the casino games and this kind of entertainment in general. And I was lucky to find this book. It is easily read and interesting. I really liked it!

    3. Okay, I'm a big fan of Vegas and I have been reading many Vegas books recently. This is about a 500-page book and I finished it in 5 days. Let it be known I'm a very slow reader so obviously this book is interesting, easy to read, and good!I liked the bookThe Green Felt Jungle which i recently read a lot as it was written in the 60's and went over all the mob ties and how Vegas was built. Plus it was an expose on all the shady stuff. Super Casino really picks up right after that book and leaves [...]

    4. That was a fascinating read. It tells the story of the Circus Circus company from it's beginnings with Jay Sarno being removed from Caesar's Palace to the mid 1990s. The focus is on the development and inner workings of the Luxor resort. Highly recommended for those interested in reading about how modern day, corporate casinos work and how single-owner casino companies have grown into the behemoths we see today. Interviews with workers and patrons bring everything into perspective. I found it bo [...]

    5. There are definitely more than two books about the city but my summer reading’s focus was: Pete Earley’s Super Casino and Andres Martinez’ 24/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down. Both books are slightly dated in that they focused on the city’s late 90s/early 2000s boom, but with the ever changing face of Vegas they remain remarkably current.Super Casino was the book I read first and is the one that I’d recommend to people as curious about Vegas’ history as the city’s present. Pete Ea [...]

    6. Okay but Winner Takes It All by Christina Binkley is a better book on the same subject. I have enjoyed Pete Earley's other books, especially those on espionage (Falcon & the Snowman, Family of Spies), but this was a little disappointing. This is possibly due to the fact that I recently read Binkley's book, which is much more detailed. Also, the book is unsure if it wants to be a detailed account of the internal workings of a major casino company or if it wants to be a more street level view [...]

    7. If you are as fascinated by Las Vegas and the casino industry then this book is for you. The first half chronicles the rise of Vegas, focusing mostly on one particular company that began as Circus Circus and went on to build some of the first super casinos on the strip. The innovations of this company's president and the ways the company had to adapt in the changing Vegas marketplace are fascinating. The second half of the book takes a look at the lives of some of the employees and patrons of th [...]

    8. A well-written, easy read. The only downside of this book is that the "new" Las Vegas it talks about is 15 years old now. This book must have been published in the late 90s because the Mirage is brand new and the Venetian wasn't built yet. I would have liked to know the continuing story of the Strip.Despite that, this book was very interesting. Earley intersperses chapters about the rise of super casinos and the men behind them (Steve Wynn and the guys behind Circus! Circus!) with fascinating vi [...]

    9. A fascinating read with an amazing pace. While there are plenty of facts about Vegas and its changing landscape (some people might like this aspect most), what stuck with me most were the personal relationships. The relationship between one character and a prostitute goes well beyond what you might expect. While it's an interesting glimpse into a darker world, this relationship also reveals a lot about human nature. I love Vegas, and I have read a lot of books about it. Despite that being the ca [...]

    10. Great book on the history of Vegas. However, what makes this one special is the second half. The author had unprecedented access to the staff and guests at the Luxor. The chapters tell their stories, weaving together locals, dealers, management, and prostitutes. While the stories mostly have a happy ending, there are parts that will pull at your heart strings and leave you wondering what happened to those people. If you're looking for a book which tells more of the human story of Las Vegas, give [...]

    11. This is a revealing look at how Vegas turned into a land of corporate-owned mega resorts. I enjoyed reading it because I know several of the casino execs featured in it; however, I didn't particularly relish the emphasis on the sex industry. I thought it was unnecessary and not important to the history of the casinos. That said, the book still provided some insight that I haven't read anywhere else.

    12. I don't particularly like Vegas, and I definitely don't gamble. But I heard this book was the most comprehensive tale on how Vegas became so decadent and disgusting, which seemed kinda interesting to me. You get the stories of people who own the casinos, work in them, and lose their paychecks there. I read this while at Grace's house and I think she was afraid I was priming myself for a job as a shark of some sort.

    13. Whether you have been to Vegas or not, this provides great insight to the inner workings of the casino scene and its' players. The writing style makes it an enjoyable read and creates the urge to visit Las Vegas yet another timed observe with a knowledge base I did not have before reading this book. IMHO, Pete Earley is a talented author.

    14. Author shadowed management and was given an all access pass. No censorship of his work by management. Surprising amount of interesting detail regarding Casino Management. No expense reports, and a lot of backstabbing. There is also a good amount of well narrated Vegas history in the book as well.

    15. This talks about Steve Wynn and how he rebuilt the New Las Vegas. It has many great stories in it. The only thing is I wish it would be current and up to today because a lot of new things have been built and Vegas is under going another phase.

    16. This book includes both a concise history of modern Vegas and a lot of inside dope on how things work in a modern casino hotel--the latter of which was more enjoyable to me.

    17. I've read many books about the evolution and growth of Las Vegas. This was my favoriteCovers the topic thouroughly

    18. Really fascinating read on the history of Vegas. Feels like just part of the story being told since Steve Wynn apparently wouldn't be interviewed. But still an entertaining read.

    19. I liked this book because it is informative and tells the story of Vegas since the days of the mega resorts and the competition that went into building them.

    20. Love Vegas and once again the author takes you through the lives of different people that live in Vegas, security guard, dancer, and an owner of a casino.

    21. Another look into the world of Las Vegas Casinos.a little bit more of a day to day look at what goes on ill an interesting read

    22. I really enjoyed this book on Vegas. The real life accounts are both illuminating , outrageous and insightful to "Sin City".

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