I'll Do My Own Damn Killin': Benny Binion, Herbert Noble, by Gary W. Sleeper

By Gary W. Sleeper

In the early days, sooner than he based the Horseshoe on line casino in Las Vegas and have become the consumer saint of the area sequence of Poker, cowboy Benny Binion was once a horse dealer, a bootlegger, and the "boss gambler" of Dallas and citadel worthy, Texas. This publication strains Binion's upward push to energy within the Dallas underworld in the course of global battle II. by means of 1946, greater than dozen "casinos" operated illegally in downtown Dallas in inn suites, and Benny Binion owned at the least 1/2 them. The cowboy's in simple terms actual rival for playing supremacy in Texas used to be his former accomplice, Herbert Noble. For the 1st time ever, Gary Sleeper unearths the intricacies of the bloody feud among Binion and Noble, and their brutal battle for keep an eye on of Dallas and castle worthy. integrated are info of the 13 makes an attempt on Noble's existence, the tragic homicide of his spouse, and Noble's strange plot to realize revenge via bombing Las Vegas from a personal airplane.

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Binion always claimed that he entered his guilty plea as a favor to District Attorney Bill McGraw, who was about to run for Attorney General and did not want to dismiss a high-profile case. ” Those less charitable toward Binion suggested that perhaps the photos did not depict the knife as clearly as Binion remembered. * Ben Bickers was an especially active sportsman. He frequently won skeet shooting competitions and golf tournaments, and was a much sought-after boxing referee. He died in 1967.

Binion’s personal income from the policy business exceeded one million dollars a year, and his live-and-let-live attitude toward rival gamblers did not extend to those who sought to muscle in on it. He considered any attempt to run a competing numbers racket as stealing, and when he caught someone stealing from him, his blue eyes went hard and cold as tombstones, his disposition turned ugly, and violence almost surely followed. Binion’s breakfast companion on the morning of June 14 was chunky, forty-seven-year-old Ivy Miller, a ranking associate in the Southland Group, as Binion’s gambling syndicate was called.

Last Saturday a prophet [announced] that Jesus Christ would come to Dallas in person in 1939. At the same time a pickpocket was lifting a week’s wages from another guy’s pocket, who stood with his mouth open to hear the prophecy. The police virtually ignored gambling in the black neighborhoods, viewing it as a harmless diversion, an attitude that suited Binion just fine. When the police or the press took notice of black gambling at all, it was with a patronizing sense of superiority, much as a parent would observe the antics of a misbehaving child.

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