Double or Nothing: How Two Friends Risked It All to Buy One of Las Vegas' Legendary Casinos

Double or Nothing: How Two Friends Risked It All to Buy One of Las Vegas' Legendary Casinos

By Tom Breitling and Cal Fussman

Currently between gaming ventures, entrepreneur Breitling delivers the inside story of what it's like to run a casino when one is young and living the Vegas life.


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Book Information

Publisher: Harper Business
Publish Date: 03/01/2008
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 9780060835835
ISBN-10: 0060835834
Language: English

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April 07, 2008

Off of our current top 25 books of March, here is what is available now in audio format: 1) Double or Nothing by Cal Fussman 2) Made to Stick by Chip Heath 4) Hug Your People by Jack Mitchell 6) How Come that Idiot's Rich and I'm Not? by Robert Shemin 12) What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith 13) Rich Dad's Prophecy by Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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If Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn had come of age at the end of the 20th century looking for an all-American adventure, they probably would've headed for Vegas.

They'd have been hard-pressed to go on a wilder ride than the one taken by Tom Breitling and Tim Poster to the top of the famed Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino.

Call them the Odds Couple.

Breitling is the kid who lives next door if you grow up in Burnsville, Minnesota. He never saw a hundred dollar bill or The Godfather until he went to college.

Poster comes from a family of oddsmakers who reach for the Doritos on football Sundays and scream for the point spread. He was whistling Sinatra and booking games at his Las Vegas high school.

Their unlikely friendship began in college over an $8 veal parmigiana sandwich that led to a partnership in a hotel reservation business. Starting with a desk, a chair, a pillow, and a telephone, Tim and Tom grew a company that they sold during the boom for $105 million. This allows Tim to pursue his childhood dream of owning a casino and bringing back the glory days of Vegas.

When Tim ups the odds and raises the limits to give gamblers the best game in town, a craps player nicknamed "Mr. Royalty," who's on one of the hottest winning streaks in history, heads for The Nugget. When he begins to take Tom and Tim for millions, the partnership is put to the test. But Tim refuses to back off on the odds or the high limits, telling his partner, "It's a ballsy proposition here. It's gonna be a roller coaster ride. But we don't have a public company to answer to. It's just you and me."

When Mr. Royalty rolls twenty-two consecutive passes and rakes in a mountain of chips, he takes Tim and Tom to the brink. They must figure out a way to hold up The House.

Just as they do, the roller coaster ride really gets rolling--and the ride becomes crazier than they'd ever imagined.

About the Authors

Tom Breitling is the president of Breitling Ventures, a private investment company. A graduate of the University of San Diego and a mentor at the Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy, he lives with his wife in Las Vegas.

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Cal Fussman is a writer at large for Esquire. The author of After Jackie: Pride, Prejudice, and Baseball's Forgotten Heroes , he lives with his family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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