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GALVESTON: ISLAND OF CHANCE

Galveston: Island of Chance

Item #: 9780965956604
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    A resource on the history of illegal gambling in Galveston and a reference on collectable chips of the last century in that area. It also traces the Fertitta family's successes and adventures in Galveston before Frank Fertitta ventured to Las Vegas 40 years ago. Today, his family owns the Stations casino chain in Vegas. Well-illustrated, this work documents the attempts to crack down on illegal gambling as well the efforts to expand it from the l920s on, including the Maceo empire, which Chalfant says kept organized crime out of Galveston. He outlines the political hassles, legal tangles, payoffs, raids, who ran what club, even the efforts to resurrect gambling legally by referendums in the 1980s. Incorporating history with gambling chips, he pictures chips from Ace Rooms to the Vernon Country Club, along with money changers, matchbooks, paper weights, souvenir glasses, wallets, napkins and menus of the era. 179 pgs, hardcover, 1997

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