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10 of the best books set in Las Vegas

Las Vegas’s combination of neon glamour and seedy underbelly has attracted some of America’s greatest writers, from Hunter S Thompson to James Ellroy, says Malcolm Burgess

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An eccentric journalist and his lawyer travel to the Las Vegas of the psychedelic 60s in this legendary novel/memoir.

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10 of the best Las Vegas casino secrets

Want to look like a Vegas hotshot? Then learn the bar, casino and free-stuff rules from Las Vegas Weekly’s Rick Lax

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If you sit down to play poker and the dealer greets everybody at the table by name, leave. These players are locals. They play every day. They make their living off chumps like you. So ask the floor supervisor for a table change. Or rack up your chips and head to a different poker room. You want a game in which you’re playing against other tourists. Drunk ones, ideally. Use the time change to your advantage: head to the poker room at 3am, when the clubs are clearing out. Try the Venetian. Its poker room is right below megaclub TAO. All those drunk, sexually frustrated guys pouring down the two-storey escalator? They’re coming to play poker against you. You can beat ’em. You got this.
Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, +1 702 414 1000, venetian.com/poker-room

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