Doresa Banning

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It Really Happened!

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Read more gambling stories of the past — compelling tales of characters, casinos, crimes and controls that make you wonder: Did that really happen?

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Catch Doresa’s spots on Las Vegas radio station, KIYQ.

Doresa’s gambling history tidbits air periodically throughout the day on KIYQ. Listen via the station’s Internet player for songs by the greats who played Sin City during its heyday — Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra and others — and you’ll hear some gaming stories of the past as well. Or if you’re in Vegas, tune in to 107.1 FM.


A Bold Gamble is another chip in the stack that is Nevada’s compelling gambling history.

A Bold Gamble at Lake Tahoe: Crime and Corruption in a Casino’s Evolution chronicles the rocky, 15-year development – from idea to stability – of the Nevada hotel-casino that today operates as the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino.

The entity evolved during the era (1960 to 1975) when mobsters financed and ruled many gambling clubs, racketeering abounded, and regulators struggled to clean up the industry while, simultaneously allowing it to flourish.

In spotlighting the casino business, which is like no other, this true story boasts conflict galore – misdemeanor and felony crimes (from wiretapping to kidnapping), contentious lawsuits, community protests, casino cheating incidents, a well-publicized criminal trial of a proprietor and more.