No Work and All Play

Audacious Chronicles of a Casino Boss

Non-Fiction - Memoir
446 Pages
Reviewed on 01/29/2012
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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

Roger Wagner writes of his forty-five years in the casino industry, beginning back in the 1960's when he began in Las Vegas as a room clerk. Wagner clearly and knowledgeably tells of his career to the top of casino management. Beginning at the Dunes in Las Vegas, then onto the Sands, back to the Dunes, eventually on to Atlantic City and the world of Donald Trump, then settling into satisfying work with Jack Binion's casino world in Chicago and the Mid West, the author writes of his part in supervising and reorganizing gambling rooms, hotel rooms and restaurants for guests. He also describes many other fine details that are involved in running a successful, profitable casino. In an understated, calm way, Roger Wagner indicates his genius for this high-profit business. He tells of experiences with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Gary Grant, and his beloved Al Martino in ways that will leave the reader smiling. "No Work and All Play" is much more than what its subtitle,"Audacious Chronicles of a Casino Boss" seems to suggest. It is a clear picture of a very demanding industry.

"No Work and All Play" belongs on public and college library shelves and should be featured in the career section as it tells clearly of the work involved in running casinos. Roger Wagner's writing style is pleasant to read and his many tales of encounters with the rich and famous are delightful. His honesty in writing of behind the scenes issues such as free liquor to patrons and being able to "smell" a patron with potential for spending thousands, will make sense to all readers, especially those with a penchant for trips to Atlantic City or Las Vegas. Fun to read and a great career guide for those thinking of casino employment.