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The Rough Past In Las Vegas: Blood Aces

Penguin Books

In the days before Las Vegas went upscale, with big fountains and hotels that replicate foreign cities, there was Binion's Horseshoe. 

It got a reputation as the noisiest and rowdiest casino in downtown Vegas. 

Benny Binion started the place after the police chased him out of Dallas. 

Binion's rise from thug to mogul is told in Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker

Author Doug Swanson visits with highlights.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.