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This article appeared freely on the Internet on December 20, 2005 and is archived here for scholarship, research, education, and personal use by those previously requesting it in accordance with the "fair use" provision in Title 17 of the copyright law.

Jewish Supremacists Own Gambling Industries

Decades after the likes of [Adam] Worth and Cohen, famous Jewish underworld figures like Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky made the American scene. Siegel was instrumental in creating the legalized crime-laden playground of Las Vegas, starting things off at the Flamingo Hotel. Joseph Sacher headed the nearby Sands Hotel; Sacher "was second only to Lansky in the [crime] Syndicate. Years ... [later] he fled the U.S. and went into exile in Israel." [KELLEY, K., p. 219] Allen Friedman notes another early Jewish criminal influence in Sin City: "The real potential of Las Vegas was not understood until Moe Sedway arrival in 1941." [FRIEDMAN, A., p. 82]

Meyer Lansky eventually "retired" from a successful life of crime with some $150-300 million after corrupt escapades that included Florida's "Gold Coast," the Bahamas, and a gambling resort in pre-Castro Cuba. "At the height of his notoriety," says Robert Lacey, "Meyer Lansky was reckoned to be, and was targeted by the U.S. Justice Department as, the biggest gangster in the United States -- a dangerous lawbreaker of extraordinary power. He was identified as the Mafia's banker, the boss of the National Crime Syndicate, the head of the Combination -- the Chairman of the Board." [LACEY, R., p. 10-11]

Las Vegas has long been a hotbed of underworld influence and a worldwide attraction for gambling and prostitution. The Italian Mafia has also, from the conception of Las Vegas as a leisure Mecca, held great sway in the city, but its most famous underworld personages have always been Jewish mobsters Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky. The great scope of Jewish contribution to the creation, and dubious ethics, of Las Vegas may be measured by the words of professor Allen Balboni. Here he discusses the development of the desert city as a gambling resort area:

"Most of the [Las Vegas] hotel builders were Jewish Americans. Jay Sarno and Nate Jacobson were associated with Caesar's Palace [Sarno later created Circus Circus]; Moe Dalitz, Morris Kleinman, and Sam Tucker with the Desert Inn (and, along with Jake Factor, with the Stardust after [Italian-American Tony] Cornero's death); Sidney Wyman, Al Gottesman, and Jake Gottleib with the early years of the Dunes; Gus Greenbaum, Moe Sedway, and Charlie Resnick with managing the Flamingo after Bugsy Siegel's death; Ben Goffstein, Willie Alderman, and David Berman with the booking and running of the Riviera; Milton Prell with the establishment of the Sahara and then with the transformation of the Tally-Ho into the Aladdin; Hyman Abrams, Carl Cohen, and Jack Entratter with the ownership and operation of the Sands [concurrently the president of both the Sands Hotel casino and the Temple Beth Sholam synagogue]; and Ben Jaffe, Phil Kastel, and Jell Houssels (of Anglo-Saxon background) with the construction and operation of the Tropicana ... A few Italian-Amerians hold minor ownership shares in casinos." [BALBONI, p. 27]

Jewish singer Eddie Fisher recalls a Las Vegas offer he had at the peak of his career that he now regrets turning down: "When I was working at the Desert Inn I met with a man named Billy Weinberger, who told me, 'We're building a new hotel and we want to give you fifty percent of it.' In return I would perform there permanently and would use my influence to attract other major stars. That sounded interesting. 'What's it going to be called?' I asked. 'Caesar's Palace.'" [FISHER, E., 1999, p. 292]

Bernie Rothkopf also owned the MGM Hotel. Allen Glick was, between 1974-79, "the mob's front man at the Stardust, Fremont, Hacienda, and Marina hotels." [MORRISON, J.A., p. 1A] "In July, 1979 Allen Glick was stripped of his Nevada gambling license and fined over $500,000 for a variety of improprieties." Glick sold his interests in casinos to Allan Sachs, who was, with a partner, "figureheads for the Chicago mob responsible for providing skim monies" from Las Vegas gambling operations. [MOLDEA, 1989, p. 336] Jerome Mack, past president of the Dunes and Riviera, was a former national chairman of the Israel Bonds Campaign. Jewish entrepreneur Hank Greenspon owned the Las Vegas Sun newspaper and a local TV station. [See his efforts for Israel in the mass media section]

In more recently years, Arthur Goldberg is the CEO of Park Place Entertainment, a conglomeration of 29 hotel-casinos [JENKINS, P., 5-30-99] worldwide (Caesar's Palace, Bally's, etc.) that is twice the size of its nearest competitor. Its Stardust division is the world's largest hotel company.

Elsewhere, Sheldon Adelson, chairman of the Sands, is also the owner of Venetian, a new Las Vegas complex built in 1999 at a cost of $1.6 billion. Adelson is "one of richest men in America," in 1998 worth about $600 million. [STOLL, I., 1-7-00, p. 1] Adelson, noted the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "is one of the country's largest donors to Jewish groups and he has influence in the national Jewish community." [RALSTON] Adelson, notes the (Jewish) Forward, "has paid for 75 congressmen to visit Israel with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [the pro-Israel lobbying organization]." [STOLL, I., p. 1] As Joe Gelman noted in 1999, "A number of these sin-palace operators are Jewish and strong supporters of Israel." [GELMAN, p. 15B] [Author Gelman complains about the use of this citation here].

The chairman of the Mirage, Steve Wynn, is also Jewish. (The funds for Wynn's first casino, the Golden Nugget, was in large part raised by convicted Jewish financier Michael Milken). [JOHNSTON, D., p. 74] The Las Vegas mayor, Oscar Goodman, elected in 1999, is the former president of Temple Beth Sholom. He also has a reputation as a "mob lawyer," defending, among others, Jewish mobster Meyer Lansky and Frank Rosenthal. Rosenthal, notes the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "is credited by some with founding the modern day Las Vegas sports book but was repeatedly denied a gambling license because of association with organized crime members." [ZAPLER, p. 1A]

All of this, in more recent years, has its mirror image in Atlantic City and, increasingly, other American gambling Meccas. Kenny Shapiro, for instance, was "the Atlantic investment banker for [Italian American mafioso] Nicky Scarfo, the vicious killer who ruled the Philadelphia Mafia, the most murderous mob family in America." [JOHNSTON, D., 1992, p. 82]

Another influential Jewish gambling mogul today is Sol Kerzner, founder and principal owner of Sun City (also known as "Sin City"), a resort playground created in 1979 in a poverty-stricken area of apartheid South Africa. Kerzner's modern empire has expanded with extravagant casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Bahamas, Mauritus, France, and a Native American site in Connecticut. An alleged bribery scheme involving the Jewish mayor of Capetown, David Bloomberg, in 1986 held up -- for a while -- his United States investments. "Sun City," notes reporter Jay Clarke, "started out as a 'Sin City,' a place where South Africans could let their hair down because it was located then in the so-called 'independent homeland' of Bophuthatswana. Gambling, show-girl revenues, and prostitution were the lures." [CLARKE, p. TR1]

"If ever there was an appropriate setting for corruption it is Sun City," noted the (London) Guardian, "situated as it is in one of nine homelands which represent the cornerstones of that most corrupt of social systems, apartheid." [BERESFORD, p. 18] One of the Israelis who made millions off the immoral socio-political system surrounding Sun City is Shabtai Kalmanovitch; he worked as an "economic advisor" to Bophuthatswana' s dictator. [BERESFORD, p. 18] )

In recent years Sun City has attempted to diversify by creating a family-oriented "Lost City" adventure park adjoining the casino. "The patent reason why the Lost City has been designed as a family playground and entertainment centre," says the (London) Guardian, "is that it entices the public into gaming. The corridors leading to the main casino even feature children's versions of slot machines -- game machines -- which could with some justification be described as nursery slopes inculcating the joys (or otherwise) of adult addiction to the one-armed bandits packing the main 'treasure hall.'" [BERESFORD, p. 18]

Many Jewish (and other) mob figures were also involved in the gambling industry in Cuba until the communist revolution destroyed their operations. "After the loss of Cuba and the clampdown on the Mafia by the Kennedy Justice Department," notes Dan Moldea, "Meyer Lansky and the organized crime syndicate had targeted the Bahamas as its new off-shore gambling and narcotics empire." [MOLDEA, 1989, p. 128]

In the casino/resort/hotel world of the Bahamas, and its criminal underworld, Jews have also been prominent. Among those who find a place in Alan Block's book about organized crime on these islands are

* Louis Arthur Chesler who "served as [mobster] Lansky's point man ... Among Chesler's criminal specialties was the handling of stolen securities." [p. 34-35]
* Morris Mac Schwabel, a Manhattan attorney, formerly convicted of securities fraud. [p. 36]
* Joseph Jacob Frankel, who in the early 1960s "teamed up with Charles 'Ruby' Stein and [Italian mafioso] Nicholas 'Jiggs' Farlano who were major organized crime figures." [p. 89]
* Arthur Millgram, president of Automated Ticket Systems (it had contracts with the New York lottery system), who was murdered in 1977. [p. 91]
* Joel Mallin, a lawyer who had "ties to the mob." [p. 91]
* Irving Kahn, partner with "mob attorney Morris Shenker." [p. 95]
* C. Gerald Goldsmith, who "was the Board Chairman of the [Nassau] Port Authority, DEVCO, and several related firms. This put him in the middle of one of the largest political payoff scams in the Bahamas. ... One of his duties was the illegal siphoning of company funds into the hidden bank accounts for political payoffs." [p. 95, 98]
* Ben Novack, owner of Miami's Fountainbleau hotel, who was an "associate of prominent gangsters Lansky, Coppola, and others including Max Eder, a loanshark and suspected labor racketeer with a history of gambling, robbery, narcotics, and homicide arrests." [p. 115]
* "Cleveland racketeers Morris Kleinman and Moe Dalitz." [p. 116]
* Burt Kanter, a lawyer who had "direct ties to organized crime. [p. 162] He was a senior member of the law firm Kanter, (Milton) Levenfeld, (Charles) Lippitz and (Roger) Baskes.
* Allen Dorfman, who was "murdered in 1985 to prevent him from talking about mob investments ... [He] was in the same league as Glick, Shenker, and Malnik." [p. 164]

In 1970 Moe Dalitz, "a leading member of the Cleveland crime syndicate," and controller of the Stardust and Desert Inn Las Vegas casinos, was awarded the City of Peace Award of the State of Israel "in recognition of distinguished service to the people and state of Israel." [ROCKAWAY, p. 227] In 1985 the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith bestowed their "Torch of Liberty" award upon him for his cash support of that group. [ROCKAWAY, p. 227] A gangster associate revealed to a 1947 organized crime commission that Dalitz was in fact the chairman of the Nevada United Jewish Appeal. [ROCKAWAY, p. 227] In 1982, Dalitz was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the 400 wealthiest people in America. [ROCKAWAY, R., 1993, p. 37] In terms of the criminal underworld, he was also known as "the godfather of Las Vegas." [ROEMER, p. 52]

Also in Las Vegas, Ze'ev Chafets notes the story of "a local Jewish madam [who] had given a talk to a B'nai B'rith meeting. Prostitution is legal in Nevada, and the madam, a Jewish lady named Beverly Hurel, is a highly regarded businesswoman." [CHAFETS, p. 101]


Herman "Hank" Greenspun, publisher of the Las Vegas Sun, once noted that he was a Zionist "before I could even identify a picture of George Washington." [RAVIV, p. 40] During Israel's "War of Independence" in 1948, Greenspun traveled to "Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Panama, where he organized false documents, bank guarantees, and arms shipments to Israel." [RAVIV, p. 41] "Hank Greenspun," notes Alex Pelle,
"embarked on an incredible odyssey, plundering a naval depot in
Hawaii, seizing a private yacht at gunpoint near Wilmington, California,
and posing in Mexico as a confidential agent of Generalissimo Chiang
Kai-shek's government. A single driving purpose generated over the
span of seven months all those seemingly unrelated events: to fill the
holds of a ship ... with six thousand tons of contraband rifles, machine
guns, howitzers, cannons, and ammunition, destined for the port of
Haifa and Israel's beleaguered Jews. In so doing, Hank Greenspun
had violated the United States' Neutrality Act, the Export Control
Law, and Presidential Proclamation 2776." Thanks to Jewish lobbying
pressure, Greenspun was pardoned by President John F. Kennedy
in 1961. [GREENSPUN, H., 1966, p. ix]


Hollywood's "Sin City" entertainment playground, Las Vegas, especially renowned for gambling, prostitution and other vices, must also be added to the list of great questionable Jewish influences upon popular culture. (In Hollywood, Al and Lew Wertheimer founded an illegal gambling den in Hollywood called the Clover Club. The Jewish Hollywood crowd later set up such a resort near Tijuana, Mexico, called Agua Caliente.) [GABLER, N., 1988, p. 261] Las Vegas, as an institution, has been profoundly influential in its efforts to sanitize, normalize, and popularize some of the most troubling expressions of human nature as acceptable recreation in western society. As professor Alan Balboni observes, "The Jews and Italians who made up 'the Boys' [the Mafia] were able to develop the burgeoning gaming industry to the point where it eventually became a significant influence on the American scene." [BALBONI, p. ix] Jewish entrepreneurship was not alone in this, but it was central.

For purposes here, we may wonder about the observations of Jewish commentator James Yaffe: "If Jews can be said to have a characteristic vice, that vice is gambling. Even back in the shtetl they were gamblers. Many psychiatrists have mentioned this phenomena to me, yet nobody has been able to explain it exactly." [YAFFE, J., 1968, p. 268]

We may also note the case of Mike Rose, the Jewish CEO of Holiday Corporation (Holiday Inn, et al), who "steered [the company] into gambling when it bought into Harrah's in 1980, causing Holiday's president and two directors to resign. Rose later sold the namesake motel chain to create a gambling concern called the Promus Corporation." The company's president, L. M. Clyde, retired "because he could not reconcile his Presbyterian religious beliefs with gambling ... Clyman did not go quietly, and two Holiday directors joined him in resigning on moral grounds." [JOHNSTON, D., 1992, p. 49, photo section]





Links to online articles about Jews in Las Vegas, and other gambling centers:

BILL MILLER (1904- ) Mr. Entertainment Agent extraordinaire, who began his career as a hoofer with chutzpah, virtually invented the lounge show and brought everyone from Mae West to Elvis to Las Vegas,
by Y K.J. EVANS, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 1999
"Seductive 1930s screen actress Mae West still looked pretty good by the mid-1950s, enough so that she still was able to pack the guys in just by showing up. They came to see flashy costumes wrapped tightly around her generous hourglass figure. And, of course, to hear her famed witticisms. She would slither up to a front row customer, give him the up-and-down scan, and issue her trademark invitation. "Why don't you come up and see me some time? Make it Tuesday, that's amateur night." But she was a screen star, not a nightclub performer. 'I brought in people nobody believed could do a nightclub act,' says Bill Miller, the man who virtually invented the Las Vegas lounge show ... Miller, a relatively robust 94, allowed that time was on his side when he booked West at the Sahara in 1954. Her last major screen appearance was 11 years behind her, she was 61 years old, and was traveling with a marginally successful stage revue. Miller hired a group of spectacularly buffed-out male bodybuilders. Clad only in bathing trunks, they posed, flexed and strutted. West leered, inspected lats, delts and pects and fluttered her eyelashes in excitement. 'I wrote her a song for the very finish," laughs Miller. 'It went, 'I've got something for the girls: boys, boys, boys' ... William Miller was born in 1904 in Pinsk, Russia, the son of David and Lena, Jews who wanted to get to America ... One of the nightclubs where Miller booked many of his clients was the Riviera, in Fort Lee, N.J. It was a swank joint with an illegal casino upstairs. When World War II commenced, it was closed. Miller bought the club in 1945, renamed it 'Bill Miller's Riviera" and reopened ... ' Every one of the Rat Pack came from the Riviera," says Miller. 'Sinatra played there, so did Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis when nobody knew who they were. I brought in the Will Mastin Trio, starring Sammy Davis Jr. and also Joey Bishop.' When the Copacabana Club closed in New York, one of its employees, Jack Entratter, was sent to Las Vegas to handle entertainment at the new Sands Hotel ... Milton Prell, who had opened the Sahara Hotel in 1952, heard about the closing of Bill Miller's Riviera, and called. 'We'd love for you to come out and take a piece of this place, and be part of our group," said Prell. Miller bought a 10 percent interest in the property and was named entertainment director in 1953 ... But Miller wanted to create a new entertainment venue, one unique to Las Vegas. He thought lounges could produce profits on their own ... In 1955, Miller left the Sahara and bought an interest in the new Dunes Hotel, and signed on as entertainment director."

IRWIN MOLASKY (1927- ) The Developer's Developer From high-rise bank buildings and hospitals to horse racing and motion picture making, the projects of this construction king continue to flourish in Las Vegas and the West
Las Vegas Review Journal, 1999
"[Irwin] Molasky opens a conversation by establishing immediately the central theme of his life. He builds. He works. He's been doing it since boyhood and is still going strong at 72. Since 1951, he has done it mostly in Las Vegas. Outside those who built the most innovative Strip hotels, he probably has been Las Vegas' most significant developer. He built Las Vegas' first enclosed shopping center, Boulevard Mall; its first modern private hospital, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center; and its best-known office building, the Bank of America Plaza. With Las Vegas partners he built the La Costa resort near San Diego, and started a successful television and motion picture production company ... A few years later he met Merv Adelson. The son of a Beverly Hills grocer, Adelson moved to Las Vegas to start Market Town, a 24-hour foodstore at Oakey and Las Vegas Boulevard South. They founded Paradise Development Co. which remains active today. One of their first projects was Paradise Palms, the neighborhood bounded by Desert Inn and Flamingo Roads and by Maryland Parkway and Eastern Avenue. From 1957 through 1959, said Molasky, it sold a house every day for $30,000 to $40,000 ... The hospital was originally financed by a local savings and loan business, said Molasky, 'But we ran out of money and had to take in some investors.' The investors included Allard Roen and Moe Dalitz, both associated with the Desert Inn. Sunrise opened its doors in December 1958 with 58 rooms; now it has 688, and is the largest private hospital west of Chicago, said Molasky ... After not doing well financially with professional hospital administrators, the hospital hired Nathan Adelson, Merv's father, who had been in the grocery business ... The development loans, more than $100 million, had been made in an era when the pension fund was mob-influenced. After an investigation, Molasky said the federal authorities found nothing wrong with those loans. Although Dalitz had conducted himself respectably since moving to Las Vegas in the 1950s, he was a former bootlegger and illegal gambler who had been publicly grilled in the U.S. Senate. His associate Roen had pleaded guilty to securities violations in a major stock fraud case in 1962. Dalitz and Roen were partners in developing La Costa, but inactive. Neither Merv Adelson nor Molasky, the active partners, had ever been charged with a crime. Nevertheless, Penthouse Magazine published an article asserting the resort had been built and frequented by gangsters. 'Penthouse made allegations that weren't true,' said Molasky. The four partners sued for libel. After years of litigation, they won no money, but Penthouse issued a letter saying it did not mean to imply that Adelson and Molasky 'are or were members of organized crime or criminals.' The statement did not include Dalitz or Roen. Molasky was involved in the development of most of Maryland Parkway from Sahara Avenue to Flamingo Road, including Boulevard Mall. Opened in 1968, it was the first enclosed mall in the valley. He also developed Best on the Boulevard, a smaller shopping center just south of the Boulevard Mall, concentrating on what he calls 'big box' retailers such as Best Buy and Copeland Sports. He used the same concept in 1996 at the 'Best In the West' center at Lake Mead and Rainbow boulevards. About 1966, related Molasky, he and Adelson met Lee Rich, who produced TV shows for ad agencies and dreamed of producing TV specials and scheduled shows. Lorimar was born ... Lorimar also produced "Eight is Enough," and the less wholesome "Dallas," "Knots Landing" and "Falcon Crest." Lorimar's feature films included "Sybil," "Being There" and "An Officer and a Gentleman." Molasky is no longer involved with Lorimar. Adelson, who reportedly had wanted to be in the entertainment industry since his Beverly Hills childhood, became more and more associated with Hollywood; he even married Barbara Walters [like all bold-typed individuals here, also Jewish]. Lorimar eventually merged with Time-Warner, and Adelson became one of its board members ... Parry and Molasky purposely built it as the tallest downtown building, to dominate the skyline ... Molasky and Adelson also were key figures in the development of UNLV ... The Molaskys became mentors to several of [University of Nebraska coach Jerry] Tarkanian's basketball players ... Molasky's interests in sports have been more than casual. He was named as a member of 'The Computer Group,' a ring of sports betters investigated and unsuccessfully prosecuted by the Las Vegas Organized Crime Strike Force. Molasky was given immunity but testified in the 1992 trial that he bet small fortunes ... He owns the horses in partnership with the well-known trainer, Bruce Headley. One of Molasky's horses is Kona Gold, acknowledged the nation's fastest sprinter, though now rehabilitating from an injury."

STEVE WYNN (1942- ) The Winner In a bloodless coup with the help of a banker-turned-mentor, a boy from back East took over a downtown hotel and everything he touched from then on was golden,
Las Vegas Review Journal, 1999
[Wynn is chairman of Mirage Resorts -- holdings include Bellagio]
"Steve Wynn, whose father ran bingo games back East and squandered his profits on the gambling tables of old-time Vegas, has become a tycoon in the business of marketing snob appeal. He's also shown Las Vegas better ways to please the laid-back millions who aren't snobs. He created a new era not only in Nevada resorts but in Nevada politics; although Nevadans have long worried casino interests might dominate state politics, Wynn is one of the few to aggressively pursue political agendas ... Wynn's father opened a bingo parlor here but was unable to obtain a gaming license and was forced to close. He returned to Utica, N.Y., and reared Steve and his brother, Kenneth, who is 10 years younger, in an atmosphere of affluence ... The Wynns moved to Las Vegas in 1967 and Wynn invested in the Frontier Hotel, perhaps the most controversial deal he would ever make. Though Wynn was never accused of wrongdoing, several of his associates in the hotel were mob-connected. And they were not merely people who had formerly been in illegal gambling -- which has always been winked at in Nevada because illegal gambling was once the only way to get experience -- but involved in a hidden ownership and skimming scheme. Wynn had been there less than a year when image-sensitive state authorities persuaded billionaire Howard Hughes to buy the Frontier, hoping his corporate security people could clean up the problems. Wynn has said he made no money on the deal. Hughes brought in his own people, so Wynn was also out of his job as keno and slot manager ... Wynn announced plans to build the world's narrowest casino thereon, forcing the hotel to buy it for $2.25 million. Wynn and a partner had invested only $1.2 million in the deal, borrowing the funds from [Parry] Thomas, so they split a profit of more than $1 million. This gave him enough money to participate with Thomas in the most famous bloodless coup in Las Vegas casino management. Thomas said The Golden Nugget had one of the most desirable locations on Fremont Street, but was managed by a group of old-timers who were content to coast. The stock was undervalued and the managers didn't own much of it. Wynn and a group of new investors bought enough to get elected to the board of directors, then documented mismanagement including employee thefts from the casino. Next, Wynn called on Golden Nugget President Buck Blaine and threatened to sue if Blaine didn't resign ... By August 1973 Wynn ran the company, and in one year he increased the pre-tax profits from $1.1 million to $4.2 million. To a downtown that had become content to live on local business and spillover from the Strip, Wynn in 1977 added 579 rooms, some of them the finest Las Vegas then had to offer, and the Nugget was soon making $12 million a year. He used Golden Nugget profits to buy an aging hotel in Atlantic City, where gambling had just become legal, tore it down, and by 1980 had built another Golden Nugget with 506 rooms ... The published price tag of the new Mirage was $630 million, and $565 million of that was raised by the sale of junk bonds -- bonds rated risky by investment analysts and, therefore, paying a high interest rate. It was an enormous gamble; the new hotel would have to make $1 million a day to service the debt ... Caesars Palace cut a deal to construct the Forum Shops, a mall of quality stores unprecedented in Las Vegas, linking its own resort with The Mirage ... Wynn may project a new, cleaner image of Las Vegas, but has in fact used some of the old-time personalities who continue to tarnish Nevada's image. In 1992 and 1993 casino host Charles Meyerson fought to regain his right to work in the industry after Sheriff John Moran yanked his work card for hosting organized crime figures. He regained the card and subsequently was licensed by the state of Nevada. Meyerson, a former bookmaker from New York City, claimed he did not know the men had mob ties. Both Julie Weintraub and Ash Resnick, casino hosts with unsavory reputations, worked in Wynn-controlled casinos. In 1995 Review-Journal columnist John L. Smith published a biography of Wynn called 'Running Scared.' Wynn sued the author and the publisher, Lyle Stuart. He won a $3.1 million libel judgment against Stuart, not for the book's contents, but for statements made in an ad promoting the book, which Wynn said implied he was connected to organized crime. That verdict is on appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, but Stuart was forced into bankruptcy. Wynn subsequently dropped his suit over the book itself. The 1998 opening of the 3,000-room Bellagio was anti-climactic. Never mind that its $1.6 billion price tag made it the most expensive resort ever built ... Since then Mirage Inc. has opened a similarly European-themed hotel on the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Miss. With 1,780 hotel rooms, the Beau Rivage is the largest hotel-casino in the United States outside Nevada. And the company has purchased a site in Atlantic City, planning a return to the New Jersey gaming venue. ... . In 1998 Review-Journal political reporter Jane Ann Morrison analyzed campaign donation records and discovered that Wynn was the second-most active gaming executive in donating to politicians. Sheldon Addleson, chairman of the Las Vegas Sands and builder of the new Venetian Resort, gave about twice as much as Wynn to state and local campaigns, and nearly as much at the national level. Wynn's donations did not seem to particularly favor either the Democratic or the Republican party, though he is registered as a Democrat."

Las Vegas, Guardian Weekend [London]; [posted here at journalist/novelist Melanie McGrath's web site]
"Everyone knows Vegas is a made-up world, a desert Disneyland, but I had been trying over the weeks to build up a picture of the town beneath the smile and what I had found was troubling me. If there is a single truth about Las Vegas, it is that nowhere on earth so efficiently evades it. In a city whose $5.7bn-a-year gambling business it is to serve up pleasure, reality doesn't sit so well as fantasy. Vegas is a city in denial of the facts. A city where the birds are scared from the trees by ultrasonic bleepers to stop them pooping on passers-by, where prostitution is illegal but there are seventy pages of Yellow Pages ads for private entertainers, where to water a single golf course costs $12m a year ... It wasn't so much the Mob 'n' Mormons who built Las Vegas as the Jews. Bugsy Siegel and his boss, the Mob financier Meyer Lansky, were Jewish. Casino moguls Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn are Jewish too. The town boomed not because gambling was legal but because the railroad ran right through it. And far from being the centre of licence it likes to think itself, Vegas was racially segregated right into the mid-seventies. (Twenty years before Bugsy Siegel booked Lena Horne to perform at the Flamingo but made her sleep elsewhere and instructed the chambermaid to burn her bedlinen.)"

Isle of Capri casinos,
Isle of Capri webiste
"A genuine entrepreneur, Bernard Goldstein has been active in the development of riverboat gaming in a number of states and was instrumental in lobbying for the original legislation for riverboat gaming in Iowa. Currently, Mr. Goldstein serves as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., which operates casinos in Mississippi, Louisiana, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, as well as a harness race track in Pompano Beach, Florida. Often referred to as the Father of Riverboat Gaming, Goldstein was awarded the American Gaming Association’s 'Top Performing C.E.O. of the Year' in 2001. Mr. Goldstein was chairman of the board of the Steamboat Companies which operated the Diamond Lady and Emerald Lady casino riverboats beginning in April 1991. He also served as chairman of the board and president of Casino Cruises, Inc., which managed the gaming operations of the Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino in Peoria, Illinois through March 1993. An addition to his involvement in the riverboat gaming industry, Mr. Goldstein is chairman of the board of the Alter Companies which are involved in scrap metal recycling, river freight transportation and affiliated businesses ... Mr. Goldstein, active in the community, created a Civilian Search and Rescue Fund and has received the Simon Wiesenthal Distinguished Community Award. In 1993, he was selected Outstanding Business Leader by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Florida."

Isle of Capri casinos,
Isle of Capri web site (see above)
"Allan B. Solomon has been an executive officer and a member of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. board of directors since its inception in 1992. He presently serves as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for the Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. ... He has served as president of the Florida Association of Jewish Federations and as a vice president of the Council of Jewish Federations."

Leonard Steinberg, chairman,
Gaming Magazine,
"Leonard Steinberg, the founder and chairman of sports betting and casino group Stanley Leisure [in Great Britain], has a big smile on his face. He has much to smile about. Next month, the chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown, is expected in his Budget speech to lift the duty on betting for the first time since the levy was imposed under Stanley Baldwin in 1926. And the bookies are bracing themselves for a bonanza ... There is also good news in the pipeline for Mr Stanley's gaming business. In July, the gaming review body, the betting industry's regulator, is likely to recommend a loosening of restrictions on slot machines - again something Mr Steinberg has been pushing over many years ... Since he started running an illicit betting business from his family-owned Belfast milk bar in the 1950s, legitimacy is something Mr Steinberg - who is from a Jewish family that fled the pogroms of Riga - has striven after with herculean tenacity, and not a small amount of patience. Unable to make a success of the family opticians' business after his father died in 1954, Mr Steinberg found more success in the lower end of the betting shop trade, gradually acquiring 10 shops across Ulster. By the early 1970s, he decided to leave the increasingly violent province behind and expand his business across the Irish Sea - firstly with two shops on the Isle of Man, then four in Yorkshire, followed by 11 in Liverpool and a casino in Stockport. Still mainly focused on areas ignored by the big three - William Hills, Ladbrokes and Coral - Stanley now has an estate of some 645 shops across the UK, and its chairman is regarded as an elder statesman of the industry ... In 1997, he even established a Centre for Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Salford as part of his efforts to bring an air of respectability to the industry. As if to underline Stanley's establishment credentials, in 1999 the company bought Capital Corporation, owner of three prestigious London casinos including Crockfords, the eighteenth century private gaming club in Mayfair."

[Here's the Jewish angle to gambling casinos in Palestine and the implicit degredation of ruined Palestinian culture. Why wouldn't this be so? It's the rape of Palestine. Jews dominate Las Vegas and are instrumental in running many Native American casinos in America, as well as southern Africa.]
PA's partner in the Jericho casino is Sharon's buddy, new report finds,
Ha'aretz (Israel), March 2, 2003
"Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayyad and the rating company Standard & Poor's have traced $658 million worth of the Palestinian Authority's assets and funds, according to a preliminary report issued recently. Among the more interesting details are the PA's part in the Oasis casino in Jericho. The PA owns 23.08 percent of CAP, the company that owns the Jericho Casino. The Oasis is also partly owned by Jewish Austrian businessman Martin Schlaf - a close friend of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon - who also sits on the board of directors. According to the report, CAP is registered in Lichtenstein and most of its owners are not known. Among its registered owners is an Austrian casino company, in which Schlaf is prominently involved. Schlaf last visited Sharon about two weeks ago in Hashikmim farm. The Prime Minister's Office director general, Dov Weisglass, represented CAP in Israel before entering his present office and his former law office still handles the company's business. The Austrian Casino company received, according to the report, a franchise to operate the Jericho casino until 2028, with a 10-year tax exemption from the day it opened, and exclusive rights to operate other casinos in PA territories."

Stop Moskowitz,
A website devoted to activism against Hawaiian Gardens (metropolitan Los Angeles) gambling mogul Irving Moskowitz, a heavy supporter of right-wing activities in Israel.

[The Jewish Conquest of "Working Class Redneck."]
Las Vegas Hosts Country Music Awards, Earthlink (from Associated Press), May 21, 2003
"The show, televised by CBS, moved to Las Vegas this year for the first time in the event's 38-year history."

[Las Vegas has always been a Jewish-created fantasy. Below, both Steve Wynn and Oscar Goodman are Jewish.]
Jackson's Roots Run Deep in Las Vegas,
Earthlink (from Associated Press), December 2, 2003
"Michael Jackson's roots run deep in Las Vegas, his playland away from Neverland, where he holds a key to the city, loves browsing magic shops for a clever card trick and his family owns property in exclusive neighborhoods. In the neon desert, where practically anything goes, there are no warrants for his arrest. No lewd allegations. No "big lie" as the singer proclaims on his new Web site about the child molestation charges he's facing. The ties were apparent when Jackson surrendered Nov. 20 after an arrest warrant alleged he committed lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14. After posting $3 million bail, he shunned his Neverland Ranch in California and flew to Las Vegas. Jackson hopscotched around the city for three hours as media helicopters hovered overhead and giddy fans swarmed to get a peek of the King of Pop ... Gossip columnists report Jackson might be staying at one of his family's redoubts. His parents and sister LaToya Jackson own homes in Las Vegas. But Las Vegas is more than a convenient hideaway that leaves paparazzi and reporters guessing where Jackson has escaped. The city serves up everything the eccentric superstar craves - especially that "glitter" Jackson loves, said Robert Wegner, Jackson's former head of security, who now lives in Reno, Nev. The casinos offer shopping extravaganzas where Jackson can spend while being blanketed in impenetrable security. He was filmed last year in a British documentary during an outrageous spending spree at The Venetian hotel-casino, and reportedly has a $25,000 bill at The Mirage hotel-casino for trashing his villa before returning to Santa Barbara to face the warrant for his arrest. These are places he has been coming for years, ever since the Jackson Five first played the old MGM Grand hotel-casino on the Strip in 1974. He claims friendship with casino developer Steve Wynn and was recently given a key to the city by former mob lawyer-turned-Mayor Oscar Goodman ... A city known for second chances, Las Vegas would probably embrace Jackson, who some critics claim is washed up. Experts say anything is possible in this fantasyland. Everybody gets another shot, no matter how they look. "Elvis bombed here when he was young, taut and ripped," said Hal Rothman, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas history professor. "He succeeded here when he was a blimp."

Peccole Ranch co-developers face lawsuit by Canadian bank. A lawsuit alleges a banking exec took bribes to approve a new loan for the world's largest mall,
By John G. Edwards, Las Vegas Review-Journal, September 16, 1998
"A family of Canadian developers with several major Las Vegas projects is fighting a $297 million lawsuit filed by a Canadian government bank seeking to throw the world's largest shopping mall into receivership. Alberta Treasury Branches, a bank run by the province of Alberta, filed a lawsuit earlier this year that until recently was in large part kept secret. The bank accuses Elmer Leahy, former head of ATB, of accepting bribes from the mall's four owners -- the brothers Nader, Eskandar, Raphael and Bahman Ghermezian, according to the Globe and Mail in Toronto and other Canadian newspapers. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Tuesday acknowledged they were investigating the matter but declined to elaborate. The lawsuit alleges the bribes were made to obtain $279 million in refinancing for West Edmonton Mall in 1994 ... The Canadian lawsuit will have no effect on the $300 million in real estate developments the family plans over the next four years in the Las Vegas area, said spokesmen for Triple Five Nevada Development Corp., the family's Nevada development arm. Nader Ghermezian said the family's developments in Las Vegas and around the United States are held by corporations separate from their interests in Canada ... The Ghermezians own the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., which is the world's second-largest shopping center, and have other interests in San Jose, Calif., Seattle and Phoenix, company executives said. "Vegas is our No. 1 priority across North America," Walrath said. The company has 12 years of developing experience in Southern Nevada, including the Ghermezians' role as co-developers of Peccole Ranch community with the Peccole family. Triple Five will hold grand opening celebrations today for Village Square at Peccole Ranch, a retail center on the northwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Fort Apache Road. The project includes the 18-screen Act III movie theater complex and 60,000 square feet of space including shops, cafes, a hotel, the Sahara West Library and Fine Arts Museum. Also, it has apartments and 50,000 square feet of office space, according to Triple Five Nevada. It will operate 350 apartments. The company also is developing $150 million Boca Park on the northeast corner of Charleston and Rampart boulevards. The 96-acre project will include a Target and other retail outlets as well as offices, condominiums and hotels. It developed Rainbow Sahara & Rainbow Center, Grand Canyon Commercial Center and other projects for a total of 4 million square feet of retail development in Las Vegas. It has two apartment complexes, Wellington Meadows and La Villa Estates. "Las Vegas has gone through a tremendous growth spurt in residences and now we believe it will be going through a tremendous retail commercial growth in the suburbs," Walrath said. The family applied to establish Peoples First Bank in Las Vegas, but withdrew its bank application from the Nevada Financial Institutions Division in August."

Jewish settlers find Las Vegas to be a good bet. Their numbers have doubled in the past decade,
by Steve Friess, San Francisco Chronicle, April 5, 2004
"In fact, southern Nevada has become North America's fastest-growing Jewish community. There are now 18 synagogues in "Sin City," along with a kosher supermarket, a Jewish mayor and a Jewish congresswoman. Two major casino- hotels have added special items to their menus for today and Tuesday, when Jews hold the ceremonial seder, at which the story of their flight from Egypt is retold. "Jews come here for the same reason everyone else does, for affordable housing, great weather, no state income tax, lots of opportunity," said Rabbi Jeremy Weiderhorn of Midbar Kodesh, a synagogue that grew from six families to more than 300 in the past decade. An estimated 80,000 Jews live in the Las Vegas area, about 5 percent of the local population of 1.5 million, double the number from a decade ago, according to a population study by the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. About 10 percent of the 6,000 people who move here each month are Jews, federation CEO Meyer Bodoff said. "What's happening in Las Vegas is part of (the national trend in which) Jews are moving from the Northeast and the North to the South and Southwest and from older regions into the West and South," said Laurence Kotler- Berkowitz, research director for the National Jewish Population Survey, which published a Jewish census last year. For Las Vegas, that's a dramatic shift from the way things were when Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and her family arrived in 1962 from New York. Back then, there was just one synagogue, and the city's most famous Jew was the late mobster Bugsy Siegel. "Even in Israel, when I tell them I'm from Las Vegas, everybody from the taxi driver to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon all know about it and they love it, " said Berkley, who is Jewish. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak starred at last month's annual fund-raising gala for the local Jewish Federation, whose offices are home to a Holocaust museum and a library frequently visited by groups from public schools and churches. Responding to the gambling capital's changing demographic, several supermarkets, including the recently opened Kosher Mart, provide a variety of kosher products. Every Krispy Kreme donut shop in town is kosher, as is a Chinese eatery called Shalom Hunan. Two hotels, the Four Seasons and the Rio, have dedicated kosher kitchens available for private functions and conventions ... Then there's this summer's Kosher Poker, a private poker tournament at the Sunset Station casino put on by the Federation's young adults group. Bodoff admits he hesitated about whether to support Kosher Poker, then decided it was clever in an only-in-Vegas sort of way."

Where did bingo come from?

"One day, Edwin Lowe, a nineteen-year-old toy salesman, was driving back to his New York home from Florida when he happened upon the county fair where beano had become popular. The European-born son of a Polish Orthodox rabbi who had risked his life to come to America, Lowe was part of an American generation determined to succeed ... Lowe had to see what all the excitement was about ... Lowe learned the details of how the game and the beano cards had been discovered at a fair in Germany, and he bought a handful of cards from the operator to bring back to New York. When Lowe got home, he created his own cards, bought some dried beans, and invited over a number of friends ... The most dramatic moment of the evening came when a young woman looked down and saw her five beans in a straight row across her card. Rendered dumb, she momentarily couldn't remember the name of the game. So instead of calling out 'Beano,' she began imitating the sound of a winning slot machine bell, yelling 'Bing, bing, bing, bingo!"

In an interview years later, Lowe recalled that moment: 'I cannot describe the sense of elation which that girl's cry brought to me, all I could think of was that I was going to come out with this game and I was going to call it Bingo.' But before he journeyed off to the patent office to unsuccessfully register the Bingo trademark, Lowe showed his game to the parish priest of a Catholic church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The priest immediately saw the fund-raising prospects for such a game ... With the Catholic Church as a ready buyer, Lowe quit his job and dove headlong into the bingo business. Within a few years, he had 226 presses printing out bingo cards around the clock. By 1934, there were an estimated 10,000 bingo games a week across the United States, and Lowe's firm had 1,000 employees trying to keep up with the demand. He was never able to trademark the word 'bingo,' but he still became the dominant player in the industry and made even more money selling small plastic chess and checkers sets. In 1973, Lowe, had had invented and marketed a dice game called Yahtzee, sold his company to the Milton Bradley company for Springfield, Massachusetts, for $26 million. Lowe later turnd to more adult pursuits, eventually buying the 322-room Tally-Ho Inn in Las Vegas, which later became the Aladdin Hotel."

-from Eisler, Kim Isaac. Revenge of the Pequots. How a Small Native American Tribe Created the World's Most Profitable Casino, Simon & Schuster, New York ..., 2001.

See also the Jews behind the Native American gambling casinos.

[Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is Jewish and lends government sanctioning to the following. (Sanker turns up a Jewish surname. Amiri?)]
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman Welcomes KRAVE, The First Alternative Nightclub on the Strip,
U.S. Newswire, October 7, 2004
"Krave Nightclub, the first alternative club on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip opened this week with all the spectacle the city is known for. Krave owner Sia Amiri, along with event promoter Jeffrey Sanker and producer John Stagliano pulled out all the stops to host a grand opening celebration for this "Omni-Sexual G-spot (Guys, Girls, Gay!). Kicking off the festivities, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman issued a proclamation welcoming Krave to the Strip and officially declared it "Krave Week" in Las Vegas to let the whole world know that "this town welcomes everyone!" At the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Harmon Ave., VIPs and special guests lined up on the red carpet early to catch a first glimpse "THE avant garde gay club on the Strip to bring your metrosexual friends to." Once inside, guests discovered a sensuous playground filled with food, fun and frolicking. Sanker, known as "the high priest of gay parties," seduced attendees with a mind boggling display of showmanship including state-of-the-art lighting and effects, a red-hot armada of pumped up Go-Go Gods and Goddesses and an aura of nocturnal excitement reminiscent of the wild 70's disco era. As the party continued, Stagliano unleashed a preview of his erotic stage spectacle, "The Fashionistas," allowing guests to become voyeurs to a sexually charged fashion and fetish fantasy."

[Spreading decadence via the Jewish Wide Web: Here's a new effort to make Great Britain yet another Jewish casino colony. Who runs the world Las Vegas matrix? Sol Kerzner is an Israeli. Michael ("Lord") Levy was noted by the Daily Telegraph in 1996 as the 'millionaire record producer and philanthropist [who] is the power behind Labour leader [Tony Blair's] throne ... His crucial gift to Labour's war chest will be through fund-rasing, something he is extremely good at." [SYLVESTER , p. 9] Levy, noted the Independent, "owns luxurious homes in north London and Israel." [WOLMAR, p. 3] He "is estimated to have raised some $60 million for Blair, much of it from Jewish donors and much of it channeled through a blind trust to shield the identity of the donors and protect Blair from scandal." [DAVIS, D., 2-10-2000, p. 5].]
Blair Fundraiser Met Casino Boss,
by Andrew Porter, The Sunday Times (London -UK), October 24, 2004
"[British prime minister] Tony Blair's chief fundraiser met a high-ranking executive of the world’s biggest casino firm weeks before the government published plans to allow Las Vegas-style casinos in Britain. The private meeting with Lord Levy in the House of Lords raises fresh questions about Labour’s links to American gambling companies and why the prime minister appears so keen to rush through laws allowing huge casino resorts to be built in Britain. MPs last night said that they would be raising the issue in parliament at the earliest opportunity. The disclosure that one of Labour’s most controversial figures has held a meeting with a senior executive from MGM Mirage occurred after it emerged last week that other American gambling executives had visited Downing Street. Levy, who has raised millions for the Labour party in the past decade and is building up a war chest for next year’s expected general election campaign, met Lloyd Nathan, MGM’s European chief, in the summer. Levy’s spokesman said the appointment was “purely a social meeting” and that the peer “knows zero about gambling and has no connection to the current proposals”. He said that Nathan is the brother of Elliot Nathan who is best friends with Levy’s son Daniel. MGM Mirage is one of the companies that will benefit most from the gambling bill, which is likely to become law next year. Downing Street has been surprised by the adverse reaction to its plans. Ministers, including Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, are trying to convince Labour backbenchers and a wider public that there is a need for new rules that will make it easier to walk into casinos to gamble. MGM predicts that 10% of its profits could come from Britain in the future. The company has confirmed that if all its plans come to fruition it will spend “in excess of £1 billion” building casinos that will contain entertainment complexes as well as 1,250 slot machines with £1m jackpots and numerous gaming tables. Nathan declined to confirm the meeting with Levy. “I have met a lot of people, including lords. But I do not want to go into this,” he said. The encounter is bound to raise questions among Labour MPs and officials about the role of the party’s fundraising operation in the context of the furore over gambling. James Gray, Conservative MP for Wiltshire North, last night urged the Labour party to look at its links with the big American casino firms and “come clean”. He has tabled parliamentary questions asking key ministers, including Blair and Jowell, what their connections are and what meetings they have had with the overseas firms ... The key criticism is over the government’s plan to restrict jackpot machines offering unlimited cash prizes to only the largest casinos. It says that the plans will cause most existing British casinos to suffer. The other overseas corporations lining up to take advantage of the new laws include Las Vegas Sands, Caesars Entertainment and Sun International. Also involved is Kerzner International, the South African casino giant run by Sol Kerzner. Last week Downing Street officials denied that Blair had met Kerzner on a recent trip to South Africa ... Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, claimed that opponents of the new gambling laws were snobs. “There’s a whiff of snobbery in some of the opposition to new casinos: people who think they should remain the preserve of the rich; others who find them gaudy and in poor taste; others who don’t want the big investment that will come from the United States,” she said."

Secret deal to cut casino tax fuels Brown anger,
by Greg Hurst and Sam Coates, Times {UK), October 25, 2004
"The Treasury reacted with fury last night after details of a secret offer by government officials to slash tax on gaming were uncovered by The Times. US casino industry leaders said they had been promised by the Government that tax on gaming in Britain would be cut by more than half to attract large foreign operators. The news dragged Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, further into Cabinet divisions over the Gambling Bill as officials at the Treasury made clear he was unaware of the offer. Yesterday it emerged that Mr Brown is one of at least three senior ministers unhappy about parts of the Bill, which is expected to lead to a dramatic expansion in the size and number of casinos The revelation that non-Treasury officials had been discussing a more generous tax regime has caused anger in the Treasury, where officials said no one had the authority to make statements on the Bill’s revenue implications Frank Fahrenkopf, the head of the American Gaming Association, said government officials proposed to cut tax on gaming from 40 per cent to between 15 and 20 per cent."

[JTR contributor's comment: "Is 'anti-Americanism' becoming a code expression for 'anti-Semitism?'" Our comment about the author below: Lady, blast the British Labor government but name the Jewish foundation behind the gambling industry -- and prime minister Tony Blair.]
I can't vote for Tessa now that she pimps for casino bosses,
by Janice Turner, Times (UK), October 24, 2004
"A LEAFLET from my local MP came through my door this week. There is a picture of jolly Tessa Jowell with a class of smiling seven-year-olds supporting a longed-for new secondary school in my area. Here is warm and understanding Tessa meeting a D-Day veteran. Overleaf is concerned Tessa — “a parent herself” — at a nursery, empathising with child-care problems But none of these Tessas will get my vote again. Because the Tessa I cannot get out my head is the one who has been in every newspaper: the Culture Secretary smiling as she places a chip on a roulette table at a Piccadilly casino. The publication of the Gambling Bill makes me feel I have tumbled into an Alice in Wonderland moral universe where I stand shoulder to shoulder with the Daily Mail and religous leaders against a Labour Government promoting greed, venality and vice. Because gambling is a vice. Why will no one say this any more? Why are Labour ministers so worried about being modern, populist and — to use Tessa’s word “grown-up” — that they must pretend that roulette is a leisure activity like ten-pin bowling, that casinos are no worse than multiplex cinemas, that sitting at a slot machine shovelling in the wage you strived all week to earn is a bit of innocent fun? Gambling is the most heartless and rapacious manifestation of capitalism: it takes money from the poorest and gives them nothing in return. Except the insatiable desire to do it again. Socialism has always offered a route to working-class betterment through education, self-control, by living honourably and working for the common good. What a travesty that under this Labour Government the British have become Europe’s biggest gamblers. Gambling is about living for a ten-million-to-one chance, wealth and glory for zero effort, squandering the present for an imaginary tomorrow. We already have a culture of instant gratification where fame is just a reality TV show away, where a dream holiday is only unaffordable until you fill in a credit card application.Young people are habitually in debt, they struggle to afford mortgages, postpone having children. They can already gamble on the internet, their TV digibox, at the newsagent, on a mobile phone. And yet now the Government wants to create even more outlets for them to squander what they have on the spin of a wheel ... But when they have, the super-casinos will be waiting. Huge US companies have already earmarked sites in run-down areas such as Salford and Hull. How enticing MGM Mirage’s wad must be to hard-up councils. But it will be a short-term gain: political clout transferred from elected officials to almighty, irremovable casino bosses Gambling is a moral issue: gambling revenue is quite simply dirty money. I don’t want our cities regenerated with young couples’ house deposits. I don’t want our new secondary school created with family Christmas funds or pensioners’ gas bills. I voted for Tessa, expecting an MP who would combat the gambling industry, not act as its pimp."

Terrorists could use super-casinos as a cover to channel funds, senators say, MGM Mirage fined for breaching financial rules,
By Sam Coates and Abigail Rayner, Times (UK), October 26, 2004
"Giant casinos present an “unusual opportunity” for terrorists and criminal gangs to launder money, members of an influential Senate panel have claimed. Their comments came after a record $5 million (£2.7 million) fine imposed on MGM Mirage — which has plans for super- casinos in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sheffield and London — for failing to comply with US measures to combat money-laundering. MGM Mirage neglected to submit 14,903 currency transactions to the US Treasury Department for The Mirage casino in the 18 months to December 2002. Casinos are required to report transactions over $10,000 to the Treasury’s Financial Crime Network Service to monitor illegal activity. As well as the record fine from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Christopher Morishita, a former compliance officer at The Mirage, was prosecuted. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years’ probation ... Senator Richard Shelby, the Republican chairman of the committee, asked how it was possible to prevent the abuse of casinos given the recent proliferation, with 600 casinos now in 30 states. “How do we ensure that the explosion in legalised gambling is not abused by those seeking to launder the proceeds of crime or to finance criminal or terrorist activity?” he asked. Senator Jim Bunning concurred, saying that MGM Mirage’s failure to follow anti-money-laundering measures was “very disconcerting” ... Alan Feldman, a senior vice-president of public affairs from MGM Mirage, said that the financial link between terrorism and casinos was “ephemeral” at best. He said: “It is unfortunate that this has come up in election-year politics. That said, we failed to file the reports.” Casinos in the UK have to adhere to the second EU Directive on Money-Laundering, which will mean that gamers will have to show ID. MGM Mirage opposes this directive and has said that itthreatens its investment. Lloyd Nathan, its European managing director, said: “We want a large number of people coming through the doors, but the EU is saying casinos need to identity everyone before they enter. This is impossible if you have 15,000 coming into a casino on a Saturday night.”

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Founder, CEO Receives Award From University of Illinois,
Yahoo! Financial News, November 1, 2004
"Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. founder, chief executive officer and chairman, Bernard Goldstein, was honored Friday with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law. Goldstein, who graduated from the college in 1951 with a juris doctorate, received the award at the university's homecoming and reception dinner ... Goldstein, often referred to as the "Father of Riverboat Gaming," was active in the development of the industry in a number of states and was instrumental in lobbying for the original legislation for riverboat gaming in Iowa. Goldstein is also chairman of the board of the Iowa-based Alter Companies, founded in 1898, which are involved in scrap metal recycling, river freight transportation and affiliated businesses ... Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., a leading developer and owner of gaming and entertainment facilities, operates 16 casinos in 14 locations. The company owns and operates riverboat and dockside casinos in Biloxi, Vicksburg, Lula and Natchez, Mississippi; Bossier City and Lake Charles (two riverboats), Louisiana; Bettendorf, Davenport and Marquette, Iowa; and Kansas City and Boonville, Missouri. The company also owns a 57 percent interest in and operates land-based casinos in Black Hawk (two casinos) and Cripple Creek, Colorado. Isle of Capri's international gaming interests include a casino that it operates in Freeport, Grand Bahama, and a two-thirds ownership interest in casinos in Dudley, Walsal and Wolverhampton, England. The company also owns and operates Pompano Park Harness Racing Track in Pompano Beach, Florida."

Civil servant is 'victim of smear campaign',
By Paul Waugh, Evening Standard (This is London) - UK, November 1, 2004
The senior civil servant in charge of the Gambling Bill is the victim of a "smear campaign", Tessa Jowell said today. Gideon Hoffman, head of gaming at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, sent his CV to bookmakers Ladbrokes just before taking up his current job. Shadow culture secretary John Whittingdale said it was "extraordinary" that Mr Hoffman had applied for the post and said there should be an investigation into a possible conflict of interest. But Ms Jowell hit out angrily at the revelations, adding that it was "nobody's business" if Mr Hoffman had three personal betting accounts as claimed this weekend. She said: "This individual is facing a smear campaign because there are parts of our media that don't like this policy. I say to those people I'm responsible for this policy. Don't attack civil servants who can't go to the despatch."

See also Jewish influence in Indian (from India) owned Casinos & Hotels below:

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INDIANS (i.e., India)

["Behind every successful Indian Hotel Owner ... there's a Jew. That's the intended closure of this headline, folks. And it can't be "anti-Semitic" because this headline comes out of a Jewish ethnic journal.]
Behind Every Successful Indian Hotel Owner ...,
by Max Gross, [Jewish] Forward, November 28, 2003, p. 2 [offline paper version]
"Not too long ago there was story circulating around the Asian American Hotel Owners Association that a petition would be launched to change its president's name. There are approximately 8,400 AAHOA members, all of them Indian or Indian American. And many of them said, albeit in jest, that their president should have a more Indian-sounding name. Fred Patel, perhaps. It would certainly sound more in sync with the organization than Fred Schwatz. Yes, yes. The president of the largest member-based Indian business organization in the country -- and one of the most powerful lobbyists for an Asian American group -- is a Jewish boy from Queens. Schwartz ... is a celebrity in the Indian-American world ... Schwartz is the public face of a significant enterprise of Indian immigants, the hotel business ... Out of 52,000 hotels and motels in America today, roughly 18,000 -- more than one-third of the total -- are owned by Indians ... Schwartz is actually not the first Jew to become a fervent advocate for Indian hoterliers; Henry Silverman and Michael Leven of Days Inns of America, one of the most popular franchises that AAHOA members buy into, were instrumental in establishing the AAHOA. 'They [gave] some of the initial seed money to get the first conference ... off the ground,' Schwartz said ... Leven, the president of Days Inn, lobbied insurance companies aggressively during the 1980s, when many Indian hotel owners had problems getting insurance .. When certain hotel owners in the big franchises began putting signs outside their hotels that said 'American owned,' Schwartz lobbied the franchises to take these signs down.


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