Reno had it all, and they had their own Mob who controlled the vices, legal or otherwise. Eventually, Lucky Luciano, Tony Accardo, Sam Giancana, and others took note and joined the easy profits and the skim in Reno. This is a true story. The story of four men who ran things with no remorse. Coercion, arson, murder…………
Reno was the first US city to fully embrace its destiny as a gaming capital, and even before gaming was legalized in 1931 the city was the one place gangsters from Chicago and the Midwest wanted to go for safety, sanctuary, and of course the booze, the broads, and the banking services to launder their kidnapping and hold-up loot. This book tells it all, from the first casinos in 1931, to the changes that came in the 1960s.
Bank robbers like Alvin Karpis, kidnappers like Ma Barker and her sons, and even "Baby Face" Nelson came to stay, play, and enjoy the show.
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About the Author
Al W Moe is the author of five nonfiction books and a novel. As a casino fanatic, he toured the clubs of Nevada taking 100's of photos and gathering interviews and stories from everyone he could convince to talk to him - from slot change people to casino owners.
His non-fiction works chronicle the early days of Nevada casinos and relate the stories of how the Mob influenced gaming, how a "new" face, Howard Hughes, ushered in a change to corporate ownership, and how the casinos have expanded over the years. Each book includes dozens of vintage photos from Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and other Nevada cities.
Moe is also an avid blogger with several popular blogs on sites like Casino Gaming at About.com and his casino story blog at NevadaCasinoHistory.blogspot.com