By Doug Swanson
Benny Binion was once many stuff: a cowboy, a pioneering on line casino proprietor, a gangster, a killer, and founding father of the highly winning international sequence of Poker.
Blood Aces tells the tale of Binion’s an important function in shaping smooth Las Vegas. From a Texas backwater, Binion rose to prominence on a mix of imaginative and prescient, decision, and brutal expediency. His formulation was once uncomplicated: run an excellent enterprise, domesticate the massive boys, kill your enemies, and personal the cops.
Through a mixture of cold-bloodedness, local intelligence, folksiness, and philanthropy, Binion turned some of the most respected figures within the historical past of playing, and his showmanship, shrewdness, and violence could come to dominate the Vegas scene.
Veteran journalist Doug J. Swanson makes use of once-secret executive records and dogged reporting to teach how Binion destroyed his opponents and outsmarted his adversaries—including J. Edgar Hoover.
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How deliciously you could paint him—it would make fascinating reading,—the sort that makes a reader laugh & cry at the same time, for Orion is as good & as ridiculous a soul as ever was. We thought we were going to lose our little Clara yesterday, but the danger is gone, to-day, apparently. Ah, to think of Bayard Taylor! It is too sad to talk about. I was so glad there was not a single sting & so many good praiseful words in the Atlantic’s criticism of Deukalion. Love to you all Yrs Ever Mark. Ï We remain here till middle of March.
Yes, we calculate upon returning to America next August & to Hartford in October. Yrs Truly S. L. Clemens Ï 1879—page 20 To Orion Clemens 9 February 1879 • Munich, Germany (MS: CU-MARK and CtHMTH, #01631) Munich, Feb. 9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 My Dear Bro— I enclose $25 draft for $25 on Hartford. I shall be sincerely glad to hear that you[r] success meets your highest expectations. But I want to caution you earnestly as to one thing.
When that day comes the tramps will as soon go to any other place beginning with H as Hartford. Meaning short-syllable places beginning with H. I wish an experienced tramp would reform; & expose the means by which tramps acquire their surprisingly minute & accurate information about the inside affairs of families. I have in mind the French tramp whom I spoke of a while ago. A young American lady who is visiting us,—I will call her Miss Jones, though that is really not her name,—goes to Madame B.
Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker by Doug Swanson