Sat, 25 February 2012
As a child, Wendy relished the small frontier town of Las Vegas. But as a teenager in the 1970s, Wendy's troubled home life and rebellious spirit led her to the legendary Horseshoe Club on Fremont Street, where she hooked up with Ted Binion, youngest son of notorious gambling figure Benny Binion. Her affair with the casino scion soon devolved into dalliances with high-rolling gamblers and suitcase deliveries of cash to Midwest mobsters. Binion then passed off Wendy like a trophy to Tom Hanley, a man thirty-nine years older who nonetheless drew her affections and ultimately married her. In partnership with his sadistic son, Gramby, Tom was a mob hitman. Wendy became a terrified and silent witness to his numerous crimes. Authorities say Hanley may have been responsible for more than twenty murders over three decades. Vegas Rag Doll paints a compelling portrait of the final years of organized crime in Las Vegas. In a fascinating era when legitimate facades disguised dark secrets, Wendy had a front-row seat - and a knack for survival.
Thu, 2 February 2012
EPISODE 95---The Gaming Table Edition 4 and The Chip Rack Edition 13 -- David Spragg-- Auction Chairman of the Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club Inc., and owner of Marlow Casino Chips
The Gaming Table Edition 4—Chip, Check and Token Collectors' guide for Worldwide Gaming Establishments is now available for immediate shipping, or ordering for collection at the Superbowl Chip Show in Las Vegas. The Gaming Table is the leading source of identification for all known gaming establishments worldwide, past & present, licensed and unlicensed. The publication comprises an alphabetized listing of establishments and identified chips (where the markings on those chips do not otherwise identify their origin). The availability of manufacturer's records not previously in our possession means there is much new information in the latest edition of this constant work in progress.
The new edition has a whole new columnar format, similar to The Chip Rack, making it easier to read whilst continuing to provide all the additional data within the same single volume. Approx 800 existing listings have been consolidated, and a further 7,400 edits and new entries have been made so that this edition now contains some 31,400 records. The 4th edition of The Gaming Table was published in January 2012.
The Chip Rack Edition 13—A Price Guide to the Casino Chips and Checks of Nevada is now available for immediate shipping. The Chip Rack is the leading source of information for collectors of Nevada casino chips. With its all new design, the 432 page book now has detailed descriptions of 32,000 chips; house, roulette, baccarat, poker, commemorative and limited edition, making it the most comprehensive guide book available. Over 900 Nevada casinos are listed. Only 500 copies of edition 13 have being produced.
Since the publication of edition 12 in 2010, the editors have added approximately 2,000 new chip records to The Chip Rack, and have revised a further 2,000 existing entries in addition to price changes. We have once again maintained a single volume issue, with no change in price.