The Lucky Charm. The Sure Thing. The Long Shot. The Jinx. Beth Raymer came to Vegas to live the dream. Instead she winds up waiting tables in a low-rent diner and living in a fleapit motel. Then she meets Dink, the King of Last Vegas sports betting. Dink introduces her to the testorsterone fuelled underworld of high stakes gambling a dog-eat-dog realm of grifters, and strippers, wise-guys and hardened cons. New to the game but with big ambitions, Beth must get smart to get ahead. The real money is off-shore, where gambling regulations don't count. But nor do other rules. In the free-wheeling caribbean Beth discovers that the difference between winning big and losing everything comes down to how sharp you play.
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Beth Raymer lives in New York City. Lay the Favourite is her first book.Review:
"It's a great true story, told with wit, candour and fizzing energy" -- Simon Shaw * Mail on Sunday * "Candid, smart, funny, wild and crazy" * Elle * "Dark, wildly affectionate and very, very funny. It is a world filled with scoundrels, thieves and gamblers, where everyone is looking to somehow come out on top while doing what they love" -- Stephen Frears, director of High Fidelity and The Queen "With its rich characters drawn in depth, this reads more like a novel than a memoir" * Wall Street Journal * "Seduced by her stories, we long for this strange, sleazy and alluring landscape" * Los Angeles Times *
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