Category: gambling history

Mafia impact on Las Vegas in early years
Categories: gambling history, offline casinos Posted on: 20 May 2020 438 0
Estimate reading time time: 14 min, 2674 words

Mafia impact on Las Vegas in early years

In 1829, an 18 year-old Mexican scout for the Antonio Armijo Trading Caravan was tasked with finding a new trade route to Los Angeles from Santa Fe, New Mexico. He came onto an oasis in the desert in his search. Brigham Young ordered 30 missionaries to construct a fort in...

Benny Binion - gambling legend and convicted criminal
Categories: gambling history, live poker, offline casinos Posted on: 25 Jun 2020 385 0
Estimate reading time time: 13 min, 2443 words

Benny Binion - gambling legend and convicted criminal

Lester Ben Binion (November 20, 1904 - December 25, 1989) was an American gambling legend, career criminal, and convicted assassin who set up illegal gambling operations in the Texas city of Dallas-Fort Worth. He would later move to Nevada, where gambling was legal, and in downtown Las Vegas open the...

Legendary gamblers: Nikos "Nick the Greek"  Dandolas
Categories: cheating, gambling history, live poker Posted on: 28 May 2020 357 1
Estimate reading time time: 8 min, 1483 words

Legendary gamblers: Nikos "Nick the Greek" Dandolas

"Nick the Greek" is a very famous nickname that has become quite common, but Nikos Dandolas, a famous Greek gambler and known high-roller, was the very first "Nick the Greek". Nick's story, like most true high-rollers, was filled with massive wins, untold wealth, and then basically poverty. That just makes...

Archie Karas: $40 million streak
Categories: cheating, gambling history, live poker Posted on: 2 Jun 2020 347 1
Estimate reading time time: 8 min, 1428 words

Archie Karas: $40 million streak

There is one guy actually being thought of as having the greatest gaming run in history. He turned $50 to $40000000 during his run which lasted three years. He is the legendary Archie Karas of course. Archie Karas was born 1951 in Antipata, Kefalonia, Greece. Karas had lived an early life...

Tropicana casino history
Categories: gambling history, offline casinos Posted on: 24 Aug 2020 186 0
Estimate reading time time: 5 min, 870 words

Tropicana casino history

Las Vegas was halfway through a recession. It was April 1957, and two years earlier the town had still come to terms with the opening of five major resorts. The Dunes, the Riviera, New Frontier, Royal Nevada and Moulin Rouge had all fought through changes of ownership, some falling into...

How mob associate become a pioneer in sports betting: Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal
Categories: gambling history, offline casinos Posted on: 2 Oct 2020 177 0
Estimate reading time time: 5 min, 859 words

How mob associate become a pioneer in sports betting: Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal

Frank Lawrence "Lefty" Rosenthal was a sports handicapper, Chicago Outfit partner, and a former Las Vegas casino executive (June 12, 1929-October 13, 2008). He had received the mocking nickname "Lefty" because at a hearing on gambling and organized crime, he had cited the Fifth Amendment thirty-seven times, even invoking his...

Trump Plaza's demolition auction
Categories: gambling history, offline casinos, other Posted on: 19 Dec 2020 129 0
Estimate reading time time: 2 min, 431 words

Trump Plaza's demolition auction

Next month, an Atlantic City casino is scheduled to be demolished and city officials are planning to turn the demolition event into a fundraiser, aiming to raise more than $1 million. Trump Plaza, and the bidding winner will be able to press and blow up the button. The demolition of the...

The rise and fall of Full tilt poker
Categories: documentary, gambling history, online poker, video Posted on: 28 Dec 2020 77 0

The rise and fall of Full tilt poker

Full Tilt Poker was founded in 2004 and soon became one of the world's biggest poker site with many poker pros becoming the face of the business such as Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow, Chris Ferguson, Gus Hansen and many others. But issues started to emerge for Full Tit Poker from...

Legendary gamblers: Arnold Rothstein
Categories: cheating, crime, gambling history Posted on: 22 Jan 2021 77 0
Estimate reading time time: 5 min, 890 words

Legendary gamblers: Arnold Rothstein

Rothstein was born in New York City on January 17, 1882, and saw his last classroom at age 16. He worked as a traveling salesman for a while, but he became drawn to a life of crime when he started hanging out in the neighborhood pool clubs. Rothstein started out...