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Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker | [Doug J. Swanson]

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

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.
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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.

©2014 Doug J. Swanson (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Okay biography but did not add too much to what I already knew. Good narration though. The story seemed a little rushed later in his life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 08-21-14
    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

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    "FOLK ANTI-HERO"

    Benny Binion led an interesting life. I had watched the murder trial of his son Ted and thought I might find a book about his father interesting,but I was wrong. It didn't hold my interest. I have concluded that Benny had better luck than he deserved.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur North Kitsap County, Washington, USA 08-15-15
    Arthur North Kitsap County, Washington, USA 08-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Truth be told"

    The image of Benny Binion that was portrayed in Vegas after his death was that he was a friendly old gambler cattle rancher who owed a casino or two. A lot of people, both locals and tourists, believed it too.
    Blood Aces shows a different side of Binion. In his early years Benny was the kind of man who would have people killed for getting in the way of his illegal gambling operations in Texas before relocating to Las Vegas.
    While the book does cover Binion's conviction for Tax Fraud in the 1950's and the period that the Horseshoe was owned by Joe W. Brown I would have liked a little more detail on this.

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    John 07-31-15
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    "Great book on an amazing character!"

    Love him or hate him, Benny Binion led a life that is unparalleled. An amazing story, well written and narrated!

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    Jeremy roberts 05-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good history"

    Anyone into overall poker and the
    wild west, gambling, mobsters this is a must read

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    Skippy Next to Heaven 05-02-15
    Skippy Next to Heaven 05-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Listen...good story..."

    I love Poker and Las Vegas. I think the book is worth the listen. I would listen to more stories like it.

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