Outfoxing the Gaming Club

A Former Worker Reveals All

Pascale Batieufaye

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CLARION REVIEW

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

It raises some important questions about wage labor and the struggle of Native American tribes to succeed economically.

The prose is thick and bombastic. The best and most colorful writing comes in the form of lighter alliterative indulgences.

Pascale Batieufaye’s fi ery personal treatise, offers insights on Indian gaming in the United States and a host of other topics from the perspective of a former casino employee.

The book also takes a number of asides into politics and the author’s personal views on everything from world history to the pharmaceutical industry.

KIRKUS REVIEWS

In this debut memoir, a former casino employee discusses how he thinks his former bosses acted on his many suggestions.

Batieufaye tells of working for a Resort Casino, operated by Pequot tribal leaders from 1996 to 2004. He began as a kitchen worker and later moved on to guest services.

In this book, he says that he believes his company acted upon ideas he submitted through the company’s suggestion program without recognizing his contributions. (However, he notes several times that he’s not seeking “reimbursement for any written suggestion that I submitted that made them tons of moneys.”)

Batieufaye focuses primarily on his grievances regarding the casino management, but he also discusses the importance of “putting the accent on alternative natural methods over antidepressant pills.

He also weighs in on various sociopolitical issues, from animal cruelty to world leadership, saying that President Ronald Reagan “did a lot better” than other presidents “both nationally and internationally (minus three hundred blustered marines in Beirut) as far as impeccable leadership is concerned.”

The author includes an “excerpt” of an unidentified news item that says an FBI probe uncovered corruption among the casino’s tribal leadership. His suggestion submissions, reproduced in the text, expound lengthily on concepts that may have occurred simultaneously to many other people. His mention of his willingness to donate any proceeds of this book to charitable and civic causes is admirable, though, and he does effectively convey how he’s suffered in life.

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