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    Confessions of the Man Who Wins Big ...
    .....When You Lose It All in Las Vegas



    YOU GAMBLE IN LAS VEGAS, you need to know Steve Cyr. He’s a casino host, a guy who makes sure you get free rooms, comped meals, private jet service, tickets to the Mayweather fight -- as long as you’re willing to gamble high enough to deserve it. The subject of Vegas tell-all Whale Hunt in the Desert and newly hired VP of player development at the freshly revamped Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton), 51-year-old Cyr has a reputation for being one of the most aggressive hosts in town. He’ll press you to gamble beyond your comfort level and just might make sure you get the ritziest suite you’ve ever seen, complete with a fawning butler.

    For our interview, Cyr reserved a 15,000sqft high-roller enclave at the Westgate, complete with more than a dozen TVs, hand-painted murals, and a private pool. It also happens to be the same room he once kicked Bill Gates out of. “Gates was renting it for $10,000 a night during the Consumer Electronics Show one year,” Cyr says. “He had it for Wednesday and Thursday and wanted to extend for two more nights. But I told him that he needed to get out of the room; Larry Flynt was coming, and he’d be risking a couple million dollars. Gates said that he would pay $15,000 a night. I told him that I would give him a credit line of $200,000, he could gamble it up, and keep the room for free. Bill Gates didn’t like that. Security came in and helped him pack. He left soon after. Rooms like these are for players, not tourists.”

    As becomes immediately clear, Cyr -- who almost took a job running his father’s Howard Johnson’s in Salina, Kansas -- has no use for tourists.

    MORE: https://www.thrillist.com/entertainm...t-all-in-vegas
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe View Post
    Oops, thanks!
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    It always surprises me to see whales at the Westgate. The luxury is well hidden; the rest of the place is a real dump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe View Post
    It always surprises me to see whales at the Westgate. The luxury is well hidden; the rest of the place is a real dump.
    Yea.......it's that way now. But years ago.........maybe NOT that long ago as LV Hilton, it was a great place. Lot's of high rollers. Connected with Las Vegas Country Club across way. Star Trek experience was great. I knew many that traveled from here to play and stay. Supposedly had biggest suite in Vegas. But alas...........long ago, right? LOL

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    Must have been *really* long ago. I remember the tail end of the Star Trek thing, and while the hotel was adequate, it was still a dump. They had a decent game back then anyhow.

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    Cyr is one wild guy who makes a nice living as a casino host on the misery of gamblers. I thought the best part of the article was when he ejected Bill Gates from his room. Bill gates & Microsoft has given the shaft to a lot of gamers and PC users. Nice job Cyr for kicking a cheap ass billionaire to the curb. Bill Gates is a stiff 16 no doubt.
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