Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Part 1, Chapter 6 Summary

Hunter S. Thompson

Part 1, Chapter 6 Summary

It is Saturday night, and Thompson and his attorney are back on the Strip. He reflects that in Las Vegas there are only winners and losers: no one is in the middle. He recalls a story about a friend who once had a streak of excellent luck in Reno. For three consecutive weeks, the man won a lot of money. On the fourth week, he decided to skip the casinos and share his new fortune with some friends. The casino noticed his absence and called him, asking him to return and promising him top-of-the-line amenities. The man took the bait. He promptly lost every cent he had won and then some. The casino’s “collection agency” pursued him for every dollar he owed.

Thompson also reflects on Las Vegas’s seemingly arbitrary...

(The entire section is 567 words.)