Blood Aces

Blood Aces

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The astonishing story of Benny Biniona€”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 Biniona€™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 adversariesa€”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 countrya€™s history.The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker Doug Swanson ... a€œAsk him what he wants to tell me. ... Then he went back to work on Noble, repeating his contention that Binion wanted to find the real killers. ... The dapper McCormick, who customarily sported a black derby, was walking down Fremont Street, gawking at the sights, when a man a€œdressed in the western style so often seen on the ... was Binion, wearing his white Stetson and alligator boots.

Title:Blood Aces
Author: Doug Swanson
Publisher:Penguin - 2014-08-14

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