Andy Martello's writing style is pleasantly conversational. He tells the story as though you were sitting in his living room, with a beer in hand, hearing stories and anecdotes told by a master story teller. Of course the book has all the requisite names, dates, and background history in it, but it's “sneaky” history. You don't realize just how much information is packed into it because of the flawlessly entertaining way it's written. Whether or not you have any interest in casinos, or southern Nevada history, or Willy Martello, or the mob, or brothels, or Las Vegas, you will still enjoy the book. I had never heard of Willy Martello before picking up this book and now I'm completely fascinated by his life and the wide range of characters Andy brought to life in the pages of his book. My only disappointment was when I reached the end of the book and there was nothing more to read. Let's get going on the sequel, Mr. Martello.
Fuller's Index of Nevada's Gaming Establishments
The first Index of Nevada’s Gaming Establishments was a compilation of Harvey J. Fuller's research done over a period of time spanning nearly twenty years. In 1991, Howard W. Herz compiled an index of live gaming establishments in Nevada using the information he extracted from Fuller's notes. This pioneering work included gambling houses offering live table games from 1931 to 1981. Wagon Wheel Saloon and Gaming Hall Inc., doing business as Harvey's Resort Hotel, published the index in 1991.
In 1994, before selling Harvey's Resort Hotel, the owners donated Fuller's original notes to the Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where they are kept to this day.
The Compilation of State, County and City Records
This publication contains two listings. In the first section, we are releasing Fuller's index in its original form. The second section contains Fuller's index plus the listing of all gambling licenses issued in the State of Nevada from 1927 to 2013.
We have compiled this information using official state, county and city records that have survived since early 1920s. Besides using official licenses to compile the list of gaming establishments in Nevada, we have relied on evidences of gaming such as gambling chips, tokens, pictures and testimonials.