A Bold Gamble at Lake Tahoe: Crime and Corruption in a Casino's Evolution

A Bold Gamble at Lake Tahoe: Crime and Corruption in a Casino's Evolution

by Doresa Banning


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Their new, nature-inspired hotel stood amid a Northern Nevada township of more trees than people. The raw beauty of that lakeside spot on the cusp of development portended enormous getaway potential. The owners, legitimate businessmen, strove to add a casino, but no one would finance it.

Then Jimmy Hoffa's Teamsters pension fund wormed its way in. The locals objected to a gambling house in their neighborhood. Shady characters usurped the enterprise. Lives were threatened. State agents witnessed an employed stickman using misspot dice. Felonious crimes occurred on the property, allegedly. Lawsuits by and against a later proprietor crept into the double digits. And those events were just a handful of a mounting pile of troubles.

This is the story of a gambling business' turbulent journey from concept to stability during the 1960s and '70s, a time when the industry was Mob infiltrated, often volatile, theft and cheating prone, and unpredictably policed. Today, that once fledgling inn is the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village, Nevada.

The book contains photos, a guide to characters, places and entities, sources and an index.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733602150
Publisher: Doresa-Ellen Banning
Publication date: 01/16/2021
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Doresa Banning has an unwavering passion for writing, which led to her 20-year freelance career of crafting articles and other content for publications and businesses.

The thrill of unearthing and resuscitating buried information in story form drove her to pursue her own projects, books in the gambling history and true crime genres and It Really Happened! The latter is Doresa's gambling history blog that showcases true tales of casinos, celebrities, crime, corruption and much more.

Another of Doresa's nonfiction books, A Bold Gamble at Lake Tahoe: Crime and Corruption in a Casino's Evolution, features Mobsters, lawsuits, celebrities, money woes and much more. It chronicles the fascinating, rocky 15-year development, from idea to stability, of a Northern Nevada hotel-casino that still is operating today, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort.

Although writing since kindergarten, Doresa truly learned and honed her craft at the University of California, San Diego, where she earned a bachelor's degree in writing and literature, and at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she attained a master's degree in journalism.

In her limited spare time, she loves to read, jog, solve crossword puzzles (in pencil), root for the Chargers, watch crime shows and crochet. For more about her, visit doresabanning.com.

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