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« on: November 04, 2017, 03:10:54 pm »

He was one of New York's most famous gamblers. Although he publicly denied it, by all accounts he fixed the 1919 World Series. He was also one of America's first big time bootleggers, a loan shark, the organizer of one of America's first organized criminal operations, and a mentor to Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. His name was Arnold Rothstein, and on this date in 1928, he was shot at a poker game in a New York hotel. He was found near the hotel's service entrance. His blood trail led back to the game.

Rothstein had been a numbers whiz since childhood. so gambling and loansharking came easily to him. And by 1919, he was in a position, via an associate, to buy off enough of the heavily favored White Sox to have the heavily favored Sox lose the Series. Rothstein made a killing.

But that killing was nothing compared to the fortune Rothstein made importing liquor from Canada once Prohibition started. Rothstein's liquor, being legally bottled in Canada, was far superior to the rotgut and bathtub gin being produced in New York. and while expensive to buy and ship to New York [Rothstein had his own fleet of 'rum runners'], the quality of his booze commanded the highest prices [And Rothstein had the cash to buy in bulk]..

Rothstein put together a Triple A All Star gang of criminals to run the operation. The 'shop foreman' was Jack "Legs" Diamond. The 'help' included a young Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Lepke Buchalter, with Rothstein mentoring all three.

One of the other gamblers, who Rothstein had welched on a 20 grand plus poker loss, was tried for Rothstein's killing, and acquitted [He had invited Rothstein to the game he was killed at]. No one else was ever arrested or tried for the crime. The police seemed to have ignored the possibly it was a criminally related murder. So New York's greatest gambler, and first real crime lord, went out with a bang, and without making a whimper.
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2017, 01:47:06 pm »

He was one of New York's most famous gamblers. Although he publicly denied it, by all accounts he fixed the 1919 World Series. He was also one of America's first big time bootleggers, a loan shark, the organizer of one of America's first organized criminal operations, and a mentor to Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. His name was Arnold Rothstein, and on this date in 1928, he was shot at a poker game in a New York hotel. He was found near the hotel's service entrance. His blood trail led back to the game.

Rothstein had been a numbers whiz since childhood. so gambling and loansharking came easily to him. And by 1919, he was in a position, via an associate, to buy off enough of the heavily favored White Sox to have the heavily favored Sox lose the Series. Rothstein made a killing.

But that killing was nothing compared to the fortune Rothstein made importing liquor from Canada once Prohibition started. Rothstein's liquor, being legally bottled in Canada, was far superior to the rotgut and bathtub gin being produced in New York. and while expensive to buy and ship to New York [Rothstein had his own fleet of 'rum runners'], the quality of his booze commanded the highest prices [And Rothstein had the cash to buy in bulk]..

Rothstein put together a Triple A All Star gang of criminals to run the operation. The 'shop foreman' was Jack "Legs" Diamond. The 'help' included a young Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Lepke Buchalter, with Rothstein mentoring all three.

One of the other gamblers, who Rothstein had welched on a 20 grand plus poker loss, was tried for Rothstein's killing, and acquitted [He had invited Rothstein to the game he was killed at]. No one else was ever arrested or tried for the crime. The police seemed to have ignored the possibly it was a criminally related murder. So New York's greatest gambler, and first real crime lord, went out with a bang, and without making a whimper.

Thanks PzLdr. Another wonderful history lesson. Geeze 20k in the 20's was a massive amount of cash. $279,112.14 in today's dollars.
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