The late-1970s Strawman investigation, an FBI underworld inquiry based in Kansas City, Missouri, discovered widespread skimming at Las Vegas casinos.
You can learn more about how the feds and Nevada regulators chased the mob out of Nevada casinos in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.
Go here to read an excerpt from the book, or learn where to buy your copy.
If you can make it, we’re hosting a provocative talk at UNLV in two weeks. Here’s the info:
January 29, 2009
Gaming Research Colloquium Series:
Leslie Nino Fidance
William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV
“The Mob Never Ran Vegas”
Thursday, January, 12:15 pm
UNLV Special Collections
Download flyer (pdf)
Center for Gaming Research: Special Events
If you can’t make it, I should have the audio posted as part of the UNLV Gaming podcast series. This is definitely a talk to remember–I’ve read the paper it’s based on and the author makes many good points.
Even if you don’t plan on going, click through to see the flyer, which I will accept full blame for. It’s the kind of thing that a serious academic probably wouldn’t come up with, but c’mon, the talk is about the mob in Vegas.
I’ve explained, opined, asserted, declared, and suggested, but at last I’ve reached the stage in my career where I can quip. From the Daily Review:
After defeat at polls in 1974, a gaming referendum in New Jersey succeeded two years later thanks to an alliance between gaming interests and the Roman Catholic Church, explained David Schwartz, of the Institute of Gaming Studies [sic] at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
Priestly blessings at casino ribbon cuttings aren’t unheard of, but aren’t routine either, he said.
“I certainly see a lot of people praying in the casino after it opens,” Mr. Schwartz quipped.
Multi-faceted clergyman: Indicted priest with alleged mob ties has many friends, talents
I really don’t have too much to say about this one. Trust me, I’m not quitting my day job for a career as a stand-up comic who specializes in gaming-related humor.