Wednesday, March 02, 2011
What Really Happened to Casino and Poker Cheats in the Old "Mob Experience" Days?
So, what really happened to those unlucky casino and poker cheats caught cheating in these old Vegas mobster days? Were they really beaten and sometimes taken out to the desert and "hit" (killed)? You bet, although the beatings were far more frequent than actual killings over cheating incidents. The mobsters running the casinos back then were more interested in teaching would-be cheats a lesson in deterrence by having them see the faces of their peers bandaged up and their legs broken.
All this rough stuff against cheats ended in the late '70s, luckily for me about the time I got started in the casino-cheating business. Although in the beginning of my casino-cheat career I was threatened with physical harm in casino backrooms (one security guy at the old Desert Inn telling me he was going to take me up to the roof and push me out onto the Strip), no one ever actually laid a glove on me.