1932 At about 4:30 on a Sunday morning, a drunk Bartley “Bart” J. Smithson was target practicing in the Palace Club, shooting at a spittoon and a silver dollar with a 0.38 Smith & Wesson Special. Bullets were flying, some lodging in the building’s rear ...Continued
Coming in 2017
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 felonious crimes (from wiretapping to kidnapping), contentious lawsuits, community protests, casino cheating incidents, a well-publicized criminal trial of a proprietor and more.
A Bold Gamble is another chip in the stack that is Nevada's compelling gambling history.