When It Was Great by Bastian, Wid

When It Was Great

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In 1968, Jim Sinay packed up his green Caddy convertible and drove from Canton, Ohio to Las Vegas. His "Uncle" Ed Pucci, who was Frank Sinatra's bodyguard and a close family friend, set him up with an entry level dealer's job in Vegas. Over the next three decades, Jimmy experienced all Las Vegas had to offer. He dealt craps to famous gangsters in a private game, he interacted with John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Redd Foxx, Debbie Reynolds, Louis Prima and other celebrities. Jimmy was a confirmed bachelor who lived the high life with the ladies, although at times his carousing nearly cost him his life. He saw hundreds of thousands of dollars bet on one roll of the dice, he caught gambling cheaters and had run ins with some very nasty types. Jimmy's stories are folktales from a bygone era, the 1960s, 70s and 80s when Vegas was still a relatively small town. Back in the day, the "joints" were ruled by men whose names all ended in vowels and there was a good time to be had 24/7. When It Was Great will make you laugh and touch your heart, but most of all it will take you back to the Las Vegas of yesterday, when the Rat Pack played at the Sands, Elvis headlined at the Hilton and working stiffs like Jimmy partied like there was no tomorrow.

Author: Wid Bastian, Jim Sinay
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: 03/11/2016
Pages: 190
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.37lbs
Size: 11.02h x 8.50w x 0.49d
ISBN13: 9781530516292
ISBN10: 1530516293
BISAC Categories:
- Biography & Autobiography | Personal Memoirs
- Biography & Autobiography | Rich & Famous

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