Blood aces: the wild ride of Benny Binion, the Texas gangster who created Vegas poker

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"The astonishing story of Benny Binion-a rip-roaring saga of murder, money, and the making of Las Vegas Benny Binion was many things: a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and founder of the hugely successful World Series of Poker. Blood Aces tells the story of Binion's crucial role in shaping modern Las Vegas. From a Texas backwater, Binion rose to prominence on a combination of vision, determination, and brutal expediency. His formula was simple: run a good business, cultivate the big boys, kill your enemies, and own the cops. Through a mix of cold-bloodedness, native intelligence, folksiness, and philanthropy, Binion became one of the most revered figures in the history of gambling, and his showmanship, shrewdness, and violence would come to dominate the Vegas scene. Veteran journalist Doug J. Swanson uses once-secret government documents and dogged reporting to show how Binion destroyed his rivals and outsmarted his adversaries-including J. Edgar Hoover. As fast paced as any thriller, Blood Aces tells a story that is unmatched in the annals of American criminal justice, a vital yet untold piece of this country's history"--
"Benny Binion was many things: a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and founder of the hugely successful World Series of Poker. Blood Aces tells the story of Binion's crucial role in shaping modern Las Vegas. From a Texas backwater, Binion rose to prominence on a combination of vision, determination, and brutal expediency. His formula was simple: run a good business, cultivate the big boys, kill your enemies, and own the cops. Through a mix of cold-bloodedness, native intelligence, folksiness, and philanthropy, Binion became one of the most revered figures in the history of gambling, and his showmanship, shrewdness, and violence would come to dominate the Vegas scene. Veteran journalist Doug J. Swanson uses once-secret government documents and dogged reporting to show how Binion destroyed his rivals and outsmarted his adversaries--including J. Edgar Hoover"--
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subject_facetBIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
Binion, Benny, -- 1904-1989
GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Gambling / General (see also SELF-HELP / Compulsive Behavior / Gambling)
Gamblers -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- Biography
Gamblers -- Texas -- Biography
Gangs -- Texas -- Biography
Gangsters -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- Biography
Gangsters -- Texas -- Biography
TRUE CRIME / Organized Crime
title_displayBlood aces : the wild ride of Benny Binion, the Texas gangster who created Vegas poker
title_fullBlood aces : the wild ride of Benny Binion, the Texas gangster who created Vegas poker / Doug J. Swanson
Blood aces : the wild ride of Benny Binion, the Texas gangster who created Vegas poker [electronic resource] Swanson, Doug J., 1953-
title_shortBlood aces
title_subthe wild ride of Benny Binion, the Texas gangster who created Vegas poker
topic_facetBinion, Benny
Gamblers
Gangs
Gangsters