The glittering lights, the irrepressible glamour, and, of course, the dreams of winning big: gambling in Las Vegas isn’t just an activity, it’s a lifestyle. And few know that better than Anthony Curtis, who’s called the city – and its casinos – home since the age of 21. One of the country’s best known professional players, he’s taken home huge jackpots in tournaments like the World Matchplay Blackjack Championships and the Atlantic City Craps Championship, and is behind both an insider’s guide to the city’s best deals and an independent publishing house that publishes gambling and strategy books (Huntington Press). In short, for anyone looking to dip a toe or two in the Las Vegas gambling scene, he’s the man to know.
“I played at low stakes for a few years until I was recruited to play on a professional tournament team. During that time I won what was considered to be the most skill-based blackjack tournament ever devised – the Las Vegas Hilton’s Matchplay Blackjack. That’s what put me on the map. I won several big tournaments after that, the biggest money-wise being a crap tournament in Atlantic City with a $125,000 first prize.”
“Winning gamblers have a finite shelf life, and after a while I’d become too well known to continue playing (at least without constant hassles with the casinos). I realized that there was nothing like LVA that would help visitors with all the good things the city has to offer. Through my early, lean years, I learned where all the deals and specials were and how to take advantage of the incredible competition level among casinos. Today, our customers are from all financial levels – low-rollers looking to do Vegas on the cheap to wealthy visitors who want the inside info on how to get the most out of the city.”
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