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. Starting with a desk, a chair, a pillow, and a telephone, Tim and Tom grew a company that they sold during the dot.
Double or Nothing: How Two Friends Risked It All to Buy One of Las Vegas' Legendary Casinos
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.
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It's just you and me. 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. Liked this book more than I expected to. Started it shortly after a trp to Vegas but didn't get into it.
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. 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. Published March 18th by HarperBusiness first published March 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Double or Nothing , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 09, Zach rated it it was ok Shelves: Would have been more interesting if it had focused on the inner workings of what it is like to run a casino.
Someone should have told the author that descriptions of his "bro-mance" with his partner, intricate business deals and mediocre attempts at motivational speaking are NOT as intersesting as what is going on in the casino! About a third to half of the book is about the casino, the other half to two thirds is a combination of the author's description of his youth and how it made him who he is you are from a small town in Minnesota--we get it!! That and you will be so sick of forced basketball analogies--you were not the starting point guard in high school--we get it!!
The last quarter of the book is all about a business deal which at times was interesting, but like much of the book you get the definite sense you are only hearing one side of the story ie when he goes out of his way to describe a gambler who wins millions from the Nugget as mean who is only out for revenge--overlooking the fact that the guy makes an astonishing 22 passes in craps and is NOT cheating!
The section on the deal reaches it supposed climax with the lines " Mar 23, Andrew rated it liked it. Mildly entertaining true account of 2 friends pulling off a couple of profitable business ventures, back-to-back, hence the title, "Double or Nothing". It left me feeling that the guy telling the story should have been Tim Poster, partner to the author, because he was more the Vegas insider.
Overall it was okay. The author was forthcoming about the set-backs they experienced in selling a business and in dealing with shooting a reality TV show in the casino at a stressful time.
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Not for everyone, Mildly entertaining true account of 2 friends pulling off a couple of profitable business ventures, back-to-back, hence the title, "Double or Nothing". I thought an account of what it's like to suddenly get rich and own a casino would be interesting.
Sep 10, Will Sinnott rated it did not like it. Reading this after having finished "Super Casino," really highlights that the writing in this book is quite pedestrian. A book like "Super Casino" is great at detailing the history and inner workings of corporate Las Vegas; this book is written in quite general terms without much excitement. At pages with type that is "I was the point guard on the basketball court, remember At pages with type that is just slightly smaller than that found in a book for the hard-of-seeing, it, thankfully, is a quick read.
Sep 09, William Krasne rated it really liked it. The book is told from the perspective of Tom Breitling, one of the two folks who bought the casino.
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It's the story of how Tom and his partner Tim Poster founded and sold their first company, and rolled those profits into the Nugget. It's a fun, easy read. Sep 05, Erik Surewaard rated it liked it. Entertaining read but nothing more than that. Two guys that got lucky by selling out twice just before a significant market correction: So be prepared on some bluff talk about how good they think they are as entrepreneurs But in the end still a worthwile read.
The ghostwriter has done a fantastic job. Sep 03, Hillary roberts rated it it was amazing. It has been 4 years since the show The Casino aired.
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Double or Nothing is the story of two best friends who went from rags to riches to accomplish unbelievable success. Breitling takes us on a whirlwind tour through the ups and downs of chasing a dream then selling it then doing it al It has been 4 years since the show The Casino aired. Breitling takes us on a whirlwind tour through the ups and downs of chasing a dream then selling it then doing it all again.
It did not matter because whatever was needed to get the gist of the background was described beautifully. Well worth the read. Apr 14, Sra rated it really liked it Recommends it for: People who like a good page-turner. Recommended to Sra by: Harper Collins put it online free for awhile, and I got hooked. A captivating story of two friends who made two Million Dollar deals before their mid-thirties lucky bastards. The best thing about this book is the style of storytelling. It has the same appeal of Da Vinci code, in that the author, Bretling, knows how to use foreshadowing and suspense to keep you turning the pages.
The language is very engaging and vivid, almost as if you're watching a movie. Breitling captures your attention up front by putting you right in the middle of one of the most p A captivating story of two friends who made two Million Dollar deals before their mid-thirties lucky bastards. Breitling captures your attention up front by putting you right in the middle of one of the most precarious moments in the journey: Royalty, was taking the casino that Tim and Tom just bought for 8 million dollars at the craps tables. Would the duo be able to take this winning streak and still make their upcoming interest payment?
Before answering that question, Breitling takes you back to the beginning, when he and his business partner Tim first met. The story keeps your interest up to the end from there. I actually loved this book They took that profit and bought the Golden Nuggett in downtown Las Vegas. Tim and Tom are about my age A lot of the place that these guys were at during their early years I was in the same place just do I actually loved this book I was in the same place just doing different things.
Our paths crossed numerous times but they ended up millionaires: Great book and an easy read. Do not buy this audio book. The narrator's voice is incredibly annoying with huge overemphasis on every other word.
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