fascinating. . . a print version of cinema-verite. Its foul-mouthed dialogue seems all too authentic . . . screamingly funny
Superb...a must read.
Thoroughly reported and tightly written...splendid.
To some, sports betting is good clean fun it adds spice to the game to put a little down on your alma mater. To others, it's big business federal agents estimated that before the 2000 Super Bowl that nearly $5 billion would be bet both legally and illegally, and the 2000 NCAA basketball tournament drew nearly $80 million in legal Nevada bets and estimates running from $2.5 to $7 billion in illegal action. Here, sports reporter Chad Millman goes to Las Vegas, the legal gambling mecca threatened by recent legislation and offshore Internet betting sites, and follows the men who make the odds and those who try to beat them. This is not a Reefer Madness-style expos designed to scare gamblers straight, but its depiction of the lives of a young bookmaker, a big player, and a rookie gambling professional still might make bettors consider dialing 1-800-BETS-OFF. Recommended for larger public libraries. Jim Burns, Ottumwa P.L., IA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Millman's close-up of three gamblers in Las Vegas to bet on the 1999 college basketball "final four" playoffs provides a harrowing view of gambling addiction even as he relates the concern of the gamblers and their bookmakers that their way of life is being threatened as Las Vegas becomes more family friendly. Millman is an associate editor at . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)