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Official Review: Outfoxing The Gaming Club

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Official Review: Outfoxing The Gaming Club

Post Number:#1 by stoppoppingtheP
» 09 May 2017, 07:10

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Outfoxing The Gaming Club" by Pascale Batieufaye.]

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1 out of 4 stars
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To many people, casinos are known either as places to have fun or as places that hard earned cash is gambled away. However, the author, former employee of a casino, has a different experience of what it is like to work behind the scenes. Outfoxing the Gaming Club is written by Pascale Batieufaye. It is a non-fiction book, and is a memoir about the author's experience working for a very prominent and well-known casino, owned by Pequot tribal leaders.

The primary theme around this book is about the ideas and suggestions that the author submitted to his employers in order to upgrade the casino. These ideas were submitted through the Employee Suggestion Program also known as the ESP. According to the author, if their ideas were chosen, employees could receive monetary compensation ranging from $25 to $10,000.

The author submitted many of his ideas to the program, and he says that he had seen many of them being used. However, he had not received any acknowledgment for his ideas. Among his ideas, was the creation of a first-class Parisian restaurant which he details quite extensively in his book. Other ideas included installation of computers for faster service, a revised hotel pamphlet, a smoke-free casino, and a world class hotel.

The author repeatedly says that he does not want any monetary compensation or reimbursement, yet at other times complains that they did not even think to give a monetary reward even though his ideas have made them tons of money. Overall, what the author really seems to want, is acknowledgment for his ideas which have allowed the casino to flourish so successfully.

On the one hand, I felt pity that the author was put through so many trials when he only wanted the betterment of the organization he was working for; but on the other hand, I question his naivety. The author explains that no one was forced to contribute to the ESP, so surely after the organization would not recognize his first ideas, why did he continue to submit so many more ideas, and expect a different outcome. I consider this to be somewhat foolish behavior.

I found the author’s style of writing to be too expressive. The important information that he is trying to convey gets lost in the barrage of words and metaphors that are thrown at the reader. This makes the book much harder to read. If the author had made the book more simplified and shorter it would have been easier to understand and more enjoyable to read.

The author also gives his opinion on other topics such as the current political climate in the US and in the wider world. I found this to be strange, as this had nothing to do with his initial topic of the book.

I rate this book 1 out of 4 stars. What I liked about the book is the fact that the author brings to light the power that big organizations are able to wield over their employees. An injustice that is all too common in the workplace. However, although the author may have a legitimate case against his former employees, I did not enjoy reading this book. I found it to be too long, and the author kept going around in circles discussing the same topic. I would not generally recommend this book to most people. However, those who have been in a similar situation may want to try the book.

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Re: Official Review: Outfoxing The Gaming Club

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 26 May 2017, 14:26

Well, the book sounds confused. It sounds like the author lost sight of what he was trying to write about. This isn't one I'll be reading, but I appreciate your review. Thanks.
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Re: Official Review: Outfoxing The Gaming Club

Post Number:#3 by hsimone
» 26 May 2017, 16:57

Sorry that you didn't enjoy reading this book. I don't think this one would be for me either, unfortunately. The too expressive writing style would be too much for me, too. It's too bad, though. I appreciate your honesty.
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Re: Official Review: Outfoxing The Gaming Club

Post Number:#4 by Riki
» 26 May 2017, 18:07

This novel indeed sounds confused, and that's truly a shame. The concept is very interesting, and such a revealing point of view could benefit many people who've felt steamrolled by large corporations. The classic tale of the individual against the machine is one that I've come to love in many novels, like 1984 and The Giver, so I'm not completely turned off by this less than favorable review. I shall tread with caution, and thank you so much for an honest critique.
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Post Number:#5 by Jaime Lync
» 26 May 2017, 18:43

your review does a great job justifying your rating of the book. This is one book i wont be reading. Thanks.
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Re: Official Review: Outfoxing The Gaming Club

Post Number:#6 by Amagine
» 27 May 2017, 06:34

It sounds like the author just wanted to write a book to get out his frustrations and complain a little bit. This doesn't sound like a book that has a positive message to it at all, especially if the author is all over the place with his writing.

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Post Number:#7 by CatInTheHat
» 27 May 2017, 14:21

It almost sounds like the author should have written a blog post rather than a book.
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Re: Official Review: Outfoxing The Gaming Club

Post Number:#8 by stoppoppingtheP
» 29 May 2017, 06:45

Riki wrote:This novel indeed sounds confused, and that's truly a shame. The concept is very interesting, and such a revealing point of view could benefit many people who've felt steamrolled by large corporations. The classic tale of the individual against the machine is one that I've come to love in many novels, like 1984 and The Giver, so I'm not completely turned off by this less than favorable review. I shall tread with caution, and thank you so much for an honest critique.


This is indeed true. I agree that books featuring an individual against a large powerful organization may make for an interesting read. However, I think that the way that this book was written was, unfortunately, to its detriment.

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Post Number:#9 by MarisaRose
» 30 May 2017, 17:05

When I initially saw this book up for review I read the sample available on Amazon because I was interested in an 'insider look' at a casino and am also familiar with the specific casino this author worked for. I couldn't make it past the first few pages because the writing was so convoluted. Props to you for making it through the whole book thought! I can only imagine it was a chore...
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Post Number:#10 by Rosemary Okoko
» 18 Jun 2017, 03:43

For sure there is no relationship between working in the casino and politics. He should have left out politics to avoid losing the readers. Nice review.
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Re: Official Review: Outfoxing The Gaming Club

Post Number:#11 by stoppoppingtheP
» 19 Jun 2017, 14:06

Thanks

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Post Number:#12 by Katherine Smith
» 19 Jun 2017, 15:25

I like your review and I believe that this book sounds like a method of catharsis for the author. It seems that his ramblings and unusual use of metaphors for a way to express his resentment over his situation. I also think that this book was not fully developed as references by the complaints about our current political climate.
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