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The Highest Rollers on the Strip

How three mighty casino mogulswith three mighty egosare putting their stamps on Vegas

Winner Takes All:Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian,Gary Loveman, and the Raceto Own Las VegasBy Christina BinkleyHyperion; 304pp; $25.95

After swimming with dolphins during a trip to Hawaii, Steve Wynn made up his mind to have a dolphin pool at the Mirage, a resort he was building in Las Vegas in the late 1980s. Protests by animal-rights activists stretched the time it took to get licensed by federal wildlife authorities to three years. The dolphins had to be flown in on specially outfitted chartered jets. Costs quadrupled over initial estimates, to $14 million. But in the end, the casino mogul got his way.