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Even in the midst of the Great Depression, gamblers flocked to Gardena. Colorful individuals like Ernie Primm fought for the legalization of commercial draw poker and established six iconic card clubs that thrived for generations. 

Russ Miller worked his way from Edgemont Club bouncer to owner of the Normandie Club. A criminal group called the Ver-Crans Corporation controlled the Horseshoe Club before being run out of town, selling its interest to Bow Herbert. Rival factions in the city waged war in the courts and the street over the coveted seventh card club license. And Larry Flynt bid his way to owning the Eldorado Club, which he rebuilt as the Hustler Casino. 

Author Max Votolato reveals the high-stakes stories behind Gardena's famous poker rooms.

©2017 Max Votolato (P)2018 Max Votolato

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One of Poker's Best Historical Texts

Working in the gaming world I have read dozens of poker history books. "Gardena Poker Clubs: A High-stakes History" is among the best. Well researched with a captivating narrative, Max Votolato's passion comes through as he brings to life a part of poker history that would've otherwise been forgotten to time. Some great interviews including with Larry Flynt. This will always have a place on my bookshelf (and in my Audible library).

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