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Jackpot Nation

Rambling and Gambling Across Our Landscape of Luck

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Jackpot Nation by Richard Hoffer
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Description

Is this a great country or what? You can bet on the turn of the card or a roll of the dice, but also on the NFL, the NCAA, and which Olsen twin marries first. We bet $80 billion a year, the amount growing wildly as more and more people gain access to this huge American wheel of fortune. No longer quarantined in Las Vegas, gambling has become as local and convenient as our neighborhood cineplex. If there's not a casino around the corner, there's one on your laptop computer. In Jackpot Nation, Richard Hoffer takes us on a headlong tour, alternately horrifying and hilarious, across our landscape of luck. Whether he's trying to win a side of bacon in a Minnesota bar, hustling a paper sack filled with $100,000 in cash across Las Vegas parking lots, poring over expansion plans with a tribal chief in California, or visiting the New York prison cell of a retired bus salesman with a poor understanding of three-game parlays, Hoffer explores with wit and heart our national inclination--a cultural predisposition, even--to take a chance.

Author Biography

Richard Hoffer is an award-winning senior writer for Sports Illustrated and the author of A Savage Business: The Comeback and Comedown of Mike Tyson. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Release date Australia
February 26th, 2008
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
HarperCollins Publishers
Pages
241
Dimensions
136x203x17
ISBN-13
9780060761455
Product ID
3241332

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