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10,222. Las Vegas: it isn’t just a city, it’s the world’s largest, brightest, brashest neon work of art. (Art & Las Vegas) Andrew Graham-Dixon, Art of America: What Lies Beneath 3/3, BBC 2011
13,138. You went to Las Vegas while that poor child was meant to be in Lourdes. (Comedy & Catholic & Priest & Island & Las Vegas) Father Ted: The Passion of St Tibulus s1e3, Bishop Brennan to Ted
111,134. The dashing trigger-happy Benjamin Siegel, better known as Bugsy, was as charming as he was murderous. In the 1940s the New York mob sent Bugsy to LA where he muscled in on the rackets and hobnobbed with movie stars. Then he fell for the movie girl Virginia Hill. (Murder & Mafia: US & Gangs: Las Vegas & Las Vegas) Mobsters s1e5: Bugsy Siegel, Bio 2007
111,135. The gamble of a lifetime: he gained control of the Las Vegas resort and casino The Flamingo. (Murder & Mafia: US & Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas) ibid.
111,136. By age 21 Bugsy was already a success in spite of a rap sheet that included charges of assault, drug dealing, white slavery, bootlegging, highjacking, robbery, bookmaking and murder. (Murder & Mafia: US & Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas) ibid.
17,610. The Outfit’s Las Vegas casino The Stardust was full of gamblers spending money. (Gangs US: Chicago & Gangs US: Las Vegas & Mafia: US & Las Vegas) Mobsters: Tony Accardo
17,645. The Mobsters pocketed the rest. The desert city had become a cash cow for the outfit. With so much money flowing from Las Vegas casinos the Mob needed muscle to protect its investment. Naturally, the bosses turned to a man who had killed and tortured on behalf of the Mob for years – Tony Spilatro. And the young mobster saw it as a chance to prove himself. (Gangs: US & Murder Cases: Spilotro & Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Chicago) Mobsters: Tony Spilotro
17,647. In the wake of the indictments the Nevada Gaming Commission raided The Stardust casino. The move put a serious hole in the Chicago Outfit’s Vegas revenue. (Gangs: US & Murder Cases: Spilotro & Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Chicago) ibid.
17,650. A home-loving husband, dedicated father, Tony Spilatro was in fact suspected by the FBI of over twenty murders. As Las Vegas enforcer for the Chicago Mafia Spilatro hit whoever his bosses wanted taking care of. (Gangs: US & Murder Cases: Spilotro & Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Chicago) Mafia’s Greatest Hits: Tony the Ant Spilotro
17,651. The Chicago Mafia controlled some of the biggest hotel-casinos in the city. (Gangs: US & Murder Cases: Spilotro & Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Chicago) ibid.
17,667. And what did the gangstas do with all these millions? They built casino hotels in the Nevada desert – Las Vegas. (Gangs US: Chicago & Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Chicago) Mafia’s Greatest Hits: Allen Dorfman
17,670. Joey The Clown Lombardo was a serious gangsta ... Lombardo oversaw the Las Vegas casinos. (Gangs US: Chicago & Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Chicago) ibid.
18,213. While Mickey embraced life in LA, Bugsy Siegel was bored with the same old Hollywood scene. In 1945 Bugsy came up with an idea that he pitched to the Mob families – an investment opportunity. The Flamingo Hotel. A first-class destination in Las Vegas, Nevada, complete with a hundred and five rooms, private bungalows, and a casino. Siegel told them all they had to do was put up the money to build the place and watch their wallets grow. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Murder Cases: Siegel & Las Vegas & Mafia: US & Gangs US: Los Angeles & Murder Cases: Cohen) Mobsters: Mickey Cohen
18,214. By the time Mickey arrived in Las Vegas it was too late. The hotel was already $5 million over budget. Bugsy had promised the Mob a sure thing; The Flamingo was anything but ... The assassin fired into the house hitting Bugsy three times in the head, killing him instantly. Bugsy Siegal had bet everything on Vegas. And lost. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Murder Cases: Siegel & Las Vegas & Mafia: US & Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Murder Cases: Cohen) ibid.
18,215. We were able to establish with hard evidence that the organised crime families did in fact have these hidden interests in casinos in Las Vegas. That they were receiving skim money. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia) Lee Flosi, FBI special agent
18,216. He cheated Las Vegas out of millions. There was no slot machine he couldn’t beat. A brilliant inventor he tinkered his way into the biggest casino heist in history. There was nothing they could do to stop the slot-machine genius. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas) Masterminds: The Slot Machine Genius
18,217. In 1992 Las Vegas fell victim to one of the biggest gambling thefts in history. An estimated $2.5 million was plundered from slot machines up and down the strip. All by a single gang. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas) ibid.
18,218. A TV repair man ... His name was Tommy Glenn Carmichael ... In 1992 armed with light-wands they hit every casino on the Strip. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas) ibid.
18,219. Carmichael built a cheating empire. Through his corporation he began marketing his tools and his tips to the criminal underworld. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas) ibid.
18,220. Tommy Carmichael was caught in the act. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas) ibid.
18,221. He struck Vegas casinos at will. The latest technology was no match for him. A virtually impossible crime scored over fifteen million dollars. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas) Masterminds: Stealing Las Vegas
18,222. Dennis Nikrasch was born the south side of Chicago into a family of career criminals ... Nikrasch moved to Las Vegas in the 1970s. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas) ibid.
18,223. Nikrasch himself gets eight years in a Federal prison. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas) ibid.
18,224. This informant told them [FBI] about a group of people in Nevada that could win a jackpot any time they wanted to. And she was part of the crew. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas) James Taylor, special agent Nevada Gaming Control Board
18,225. At one time a cash pipeline straight to America’s Mafia. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia: US) Casino: True Story
18,226. The most lucrative of them all was The Stardust. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia: US) ibid.
18,227. A way of pocketing their cash without leaving any trace in the accounts – it was known as the Skim. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia: US) ibid.
18,228. In 1971 the Chicago Mob sent in Tony The Ant Spilotro to act as their enforcer. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia: US) ibid.
18,229. As the city’s first organised burglary crew, the gang took full advantage of lax security ... the Hole-in-the-wall Gang. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia: US) ibid.
18,230. In 1979 as part of a major government initiative FBI agents were dispatched to Vegas to drive the Mafia out of the city. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia: US) ibid.
18,231. The Fed’s strategy was to follow the money. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia: US) ibid.
18,232. The FBI offered to drop the charges if Collotta became a state witness against his boss. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia: US) ibid.
18,233. The Mob had lost its biggest earner and someone had to pay. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia: US) ibid.
18,234. The battle for Las Vegas was over and the Law had won. (Gangs US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas & Mafia: US) ibid.
20,033. Later on he had an idea: to build a city out of a desert stopover for GIs on the way to the West Coast. That kid’s name was Moe Green. And the city he invented was Las Vegas. (GBH Films & Mafia US: Las Vegas & Las Vegas) The Godfather II 1974 starring Robert De Niro & Al Pacino & Robert Duvall & Diane Keaton & Talia Shire & Morgana King & John Cazale & Marianna Hill & Lee Strasberg et al, director Francis Ford Coppola, Hyman Roth
20,239. 1983: When you love someone you’ve gotta trust them. There’s no other way. You’ve got to give them the key to everything that’s yours. Otherwise what’s the point? (GBH Films & Trust & Las Vegas) Casino 1995 ***** starring Robert De Niro & Sharon Stone & Joe Pesci & James Woods & Frank Vincent & Don Rickles & Pasquale Cajano & John Bloom et al, director Martin Scorsese, opening scene De Niro’s car explodes
20,240. Before I ever ran a casino or got myself blown up Ace Rothstein was a hell of a handicapper. (GBH Films & Las Vegas) ibid. Rothstein’s commentary
20,241. I was given one of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas to run – The Tangiers. (GBH Films & Las Vegas) ibid.
20,242. We fucked it all up. It should have been so sweet too. (GBH Films & Las Vegas) ibid. Nicky’s commentary
20,243. The Strip Las Vegas Ten Years Earlier ... Here I’m Mr Rothstein. I’m not only legitimate but running a casino, and that’s like selling people dreams for cash. (GBH Films & Las Vegas) ibid. Rothstein’s commentary
20,244. All this money: this is the end result of all the bright lights ... It’s all been arranged just for us to get your money. That’s the truth about Las Vegas. We’re the only winners. (GBH Films & Las Vegas & Money) ibid
20,245. The Teamsters Union – and that’s where you have to go if you wanted to borrow money to buy a casino. (GBH Films & Las Vegas) ibid. Nicky’s commentary
20,246. With Ace the casino never saw such money. (GBH Films & Money & Las Vegas) ibid.
20,247. Money, this doesn’t mean anything without trust. I have to be able to trust you with my life. (GBH Films & Money & Trust & Las Vegas) ibid. Rothstein to wife
20,248. I soon had the best operation in the Strip. (GBH Films & Las Vegas) ibid. Rothstein