People know of the notorious Benny Binion for opening the Horseshoe Casino and becoming the most successful casino owner in Las Vegas. But before he became the patron saint of World Series Poker, Binion lead the Texas underground in a vicious, nefarious gambling war that lasted over 15 years. Although gambling was prohibited in Texas in the 1940's, more than two dozen illegal casinos operated in Dallas and Binion ran over half of them. At first, he adopted a "live and let live" attitude toward competing casinos; soon after, bad blood developed between him and rival gambler/bootlegger Sam Murray. Murray was moving into Binion's territory and using his political influence to unleash the cops onto Binions trail. It wasn't long before Binion had Murray shot and Dallas' licentious fifteen-year gambling war began. With electrifying details and piquant style, author Gary Sleeper presents the previously unseen details of Benny Binion's life leading up to his infamous Las Vegas days, when he became the owner of the most successful casino in the world.
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If you like history and crime then you'll love this book! It takes you to the old days when Dallas was real and Vegas was new!