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This week we went to a deli that just happens to be located inside of one of the most famous gambling bookstores in the world.

The Gambler’s Café is located inside The Gambler’s General Store, now home to The Gambler’s Book Club (800 S. Main Street).

I made my first trip to Las Vegas back in 1984 at 22 and one of my stops every year when I visited in the summer was to head to the Gambler’s Book Club to get all of my books and magazines for the upcoming football season. For those under 30, to get information you actually had to buy books, as there was no Internet, or smartphones.

Actual brick and mortar bookstores are almost a thing of the past as now just about everything is available online. But if you wanted to read about gambling back then there was only one place to go and that was GBC.

I still go there to get the latest books on betting, horses, poker or anything gambling related. You never stop learning and this is a great place to get information. Maybe you’re just fascinated with the history of Las Vegas or maybe the mob. They have so many books just about Vegas itself. If you like to collect memorabilia check out some of the classic photos they have of Las Vegas and the people that made Vegas what it is today.

If you want to set up your house for a nice home game they also sell everything you need to set up your own casino, ranging from custom built poker tables and chips to blackjack tables. If it’s gambling related you would find it here.

Now you can grab breakfast or lunch at the newly opened Gambler’s Café inside the General Store. Owner Avery Cardoza wanted to bring an authentic New York hero (sub sandwich) to Las Vegas. All of the Café sandwiches are made with fresh cut Boar’s Head meats. Everything is prepared fresh to order right in front of you.

Living in Las Vegas, Avery missed those hero sandwiches he used to get back in Brooklyn so he decided to bring that taste to downtown Las Vegas. When it comes to making a great sandwich it starts and ends with the bread.

I don’t care how good the meat is inside, if you are not using a great bread you will ruin the sandwich and Avery knew that. He searched all over Las Vegas to find the perfect Italian bread (crunchy crust on the outside and soft on the inside). The bread he found is perfect and compliments the fresh meats it cradles.

On my visit I went with the Poker Face Hero, which was hot pastrami, sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese and deli mustard. My sandwich was great as I ordered the medium and could barely finish it. If you order a large hero you better have someone to share it with.

Keeping with the East Coast theme the potato chips are Wise brand, the one of choice when I was a kid back in Pittsburgh. He also offers Dr. Brown’s bottled sodas, which is another East Coast favorite.

What would a New York Deli be without good bagels? They have them along with omelets and pancake platters to take care of your breakfast cravings. The Gambler’s Café is open weekdays 7 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

If you are in the area I highly recommend stopping by the Gamblers General Store to check out all the books and merchandise plus enjoy an authentic New York hero from a Brooklyn transplant. If you see Avery there tell him Marco said hi. I give Gambler’s Cafe a Rating of 3.75 Forks.

Marco D’Angelo is a Race Horse Owner and Breeder, Professional Sports Handicapper and Bettor. You can find Marco at and Twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Email: [email protected]

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