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Old June 8th, 2011, 12:54 AM
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I really, really wish I was in that group, but times were beginning to change when I started coming out here.



...and some unreasonable benefits, as well - if 'unreasonable' meant not exactly legal.

I had an uncle that began running junkets to Vegas from the east coast in the 60's. My parents went on countless trips through the 60's and into the 70's. I remember my mother declaring the "end of Vegas as we know it" when they started making players post before the trip, then deciding what comps they would get based on their play. Thankfully, she was around long enough to tell me about some wild 60's stuff they experienced.

I started coming in the 70's. Of all the people to show me Vegas, I had my mother and father. I wouldn't change a thing - they were treated like royalty, and I guarantee they left much more money behind as a result. Had they been in today's Vegas...pffft.



Notwithstanding the recent economic meltdown, have you looked at the the gaming commission reports? It wasn't due to lack of money that they started nickle and diming players.



Ha... I think cheating/collusion was much easier then due to the technology. Subtract that and I don't think that any smart AP had a big problem. If one got greedy, though, today's climate is, well....safer, methinks. I don't think getting trespassed was the first line of defense for the casinos, you know?

As always, my comments are subjective.

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Your Uncle wasn't Bill S., was he?
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Old June 8th, 2011, 05:53 AM
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Your Uncle wasn't Bill S., was he?
No - Al W. from Jax.

I had another relative who spent a lot of time in Vegas and tried to open a nice, Vegas-style club in Jax. He got Hackett there along with some other Vegas regs, but Jax. was a cow town back then and the concept never flew. He was buddies with Bob Crane and crew - not exactly a resounding character reference, but when you're a kid, celebs of any kind seem cool (until they're accused of murder, of course).

They're all dead now, so I'm not outing anyone.

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Old June 8th, 2011, 10:41 AM
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No - Al W. from Jax.

I had another relative who spent a lot of time in Vegas and tried to open a nice, Vegas-style club in Jax. He got Hackett there along with some other Vegas regs, but Jax. was a cow town back then and the concept never flew. He was buddies with Bob Crane and crew - not exactly a resounding character reference, but when you're a kid, celebs of any kind seem cool (until they're accused of murder, of course).

They're all dead now, so I'm not outing anyone.

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Yup, friend of mine was running junkets to Vegas about the same time. He had already "run into" those who then ran Vegas when he was "caught" steering high roller poker players to private games outside the casinos. But then he struck this deal, to run junkets from the east coast to LV, a profitable endeavor.

You mentioned Hackett. My wife told me he was one of the crew who frequented her uncle's house back in the day. He's another story.

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I can only assume that everyone has read "Big Julie of Vegas"

The bio' on the guy who began the N.Y.C. to L. V. junkets long ago.

Check out this site where there are used copy available for "six bits"

http://product.half.ebay.com/Big-Jul...3&cpid=3598222

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I can only assume that everyone has read "Big Julie of Vegas"

The bio' on the guy who began the N.Y.C. to L. V. junkets long ago.

Check out this site where there are used copy available for "six bits"

http://product.half.ebay.com/Big-Jul...3&cpid=3598222

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How do you manage to find all these books?
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I have my expansive gambler's library to attend to.
I am always surprised to find a worthwhile addition.
This is NOT one of them.
 

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