Casino lore: the black book

Usually, being included in somebody’s little black book would mean you’re rather desirable and they want to store your contact details… but not always! One particular black book is a piece of casino memorabilia that lists all the dodgy characters who were blacklisted by Nevada casinos between the 1960s and 1980s. A 1981 edition of the book will be exhibited at the National Museum of Organised Crime and Law Enforcement, appropriately nicknamed The Mob Museum. Nevada’s List of Excluded Persons, as this particular black book is known, included serious mobsters rather than your average card-sharp, characters with colourful nicknames like The Ant and Icepick Willie. The black book was intended to be used as a tool to keep mobsters out of the casinos, and to send a message that the state was cracking down on organised crime, according to Nevada historian Michael Green. Anything from having an “unsavoury reputation” to convictions for “moral turpitude” could land someone in the book, which was printed by the state and distributed to casinos and the police. An early edition of the black book was sold at auction in Reno for $5,250 recently, to an unknown buyer, and there are a number of other copies in existence. Two of them will be displayed at the Mob Museum: one closed so people can see the black cover, and the other opened on the page where Tony “The Ant” Spilotro is featured. He was the mob enforcer for the notorious Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, the character who inspired 1995’s Martin Scorsese movie, “Casino”. A lot of history can hide behind a simple black binding! Casinos have come a long way since the notorious early days, and online gambling can be one of the safest casino experiences you can have. At Platinum Play Online Casino, you know you won’t be caught between the mob and police while you’re enjoying a game of blackjack or poker! But casino lore certainly lends itself to good movies and interesting casino exhibits!

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