Blood Aces

The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker
Narrated by: John McLain
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Not much new

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.

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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.

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A bit misleading

Title seems to suggest that this book will tell the story of the origin of Vegas poker, but it is only a very small mention in the life of Binion. Story is not terrible, but isn't particularly captivating.

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not bad


story jumped around a lot and I felt was filled with information that would tangent from the story.

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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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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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good history

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

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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.