Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker

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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Nonfiction
NARRATOR
JM
John McLain
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
11:20
hr min
RELEASED
2014
August 14
PUBLISHER
Blackstone Audio
SIZE
561.8
MB

Customer Reviews

TxMayor ,

Great Story of Vegas

Great historic story that demonstrates the harsh roots of one of Las Vegas' founders. You will definitely have a better idea of what the City once was.

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