Mavericks, Mobsters, MBA, and Museums: Gaming and Organized Crime in Las Vegas

Lecture Description

In 1931, Nevada became the only state with legal gambling, attracting mostly small-time illegal gambling operators. Soon after World War II, Las Vegas became the center of gambling in the U.S., and the smallest city by far to be visited by Senator Estes Kefauver’s committee investigating organized crime–because Las Vegas already was known as mob central. Eventually, a combination of events drove the mob out of power in Las Vegas, and the area morphed into a tourism destination built by corporations. This lecture traces the evolution of Las Vegas as a gambling and tourism city from its maverick beginnings to its mob connections to the MBA’s who run it now, along with the story of a sometimes controversial museum that captures that history.


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