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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162999256
Publisher: Doresa-Ellen Banning
Publication date: 01/09/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

Doresa Banning is a 20-year freelance journalist and a nonfiction author writing about gambling history and true crime.

Her most recent book is The Ends, a true crime story. In her blog It Really Happened!, Doresa tells gambling- and casino-related stories of the past, with an emphasis on Nevada. Also, she hosts the website, gambling-history.com.

In her free time, albeit limited, Doresa loves to read, solve crossword puzzles (in pencil!), jog, root for the (really San Diego) Chargers and watch crime shows. More information about her can be found at doresabanning.com.

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