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For decades, Las Vegas has been known for its ties to organized crime. How much do you know about these Vegas mobsters?

What was Benjamin Sigel's nickname?

  • Lefty
  • Mickey
  • Bugsy

Why did Bugsy get into the gambling business in 1933?

  • He was hoping to do something more legitimate.
  • Bootlegging business went bad.
  • He was tired of working so much.

What sort of front business did Herbert Blitzstein run with John Spilotro in the 1990s?

  • video rental
  • jewelry
  • restaurant

Geri McGee was a model who wound up in a relationship with which gangster?

  • Frank Cullotta
  • Frank Rosenthal
  • Bugsy Siegel

What was Murder, Inc.?

  • organized crime's hit list
  • an arms company
  • a new Disney film

Which gangster was nicknamed "The Ant?"

  • John Roselli
  • Frank Rothensal
  • Anthony Spilotro

Why was one Vegas group called the "Hole in the Wall Gang?"

  • They broke holes in walls and grabbed valuables on the other side.
  • They used holes in the walls to spy on their enemies.
  • They pretended to be drywall workers when plotting their scams.

When did the mob first realize the immense potential for profits in Las Vegas?

  • right after Prohibition ended
  • after World War II
  • after the Korean War

Why did the CIA recruit gangster John Roselli in the 1960s?

  • to kill a crime boss
  • to kill Fidel Castro
  • to serve as a witness in a murder trial

In 1997, why was Herbert Blitzstein murdered by members of another gang?

  • He flirted with one of their girlfriends.
  • They wanted his rackets.
  • He'd attacked one of their men.

After the developer ran out of money, Bugsy Siegel stepped in to help finish which casino-hotel?

  • Sands
  • Golden Nugget
  • Flamingo

Before Vegas became a gambling mecca, where did Americans go to lose their money?

  • Cuba
  • Puerto Rico
  • Mexico

In Vegas, what's the "black book?"

  • a book that explains how to scam various casino games
  • a hit list
  • a list of people who were essentially banned from casinos

As more mob families began operating casinos in Vegas, how did they collaborate?

  • They gave each other interlocking shares of their businesses.
  • They threatened police and attorneys.
  • They didn't collaborate.

Which gangster earned the nickname "Lefty?"

  • Frank Rosenthal
  • Marshall Caifano
  • Michael Spilotro

In 1976, where was John Roselli's body found?

  • in the ashes of a firepit
  • a barrel in the ocean
  • a noose hanging in his hotel room

Charles Baron was mobster who was also an official greeter for which hotel?

  • Sands
  • Flamingo
  • Riviera

In the late 1960s, who changed the way business was done in Vegas?

  • Laurence Rockefeller
  • Richard King Mellon
  • Howard Hughes

How did Bugsy Siegel die?

  • hail of machine gun fire
  • car bombing
  • throat slit

Which gangster's life is highlighted by the 1995 movie "Casino?"

  • Bugsy Siegel
  • Frank Rosenthal
  • Gus Greenbaum

How did David Berman die in 1957?

  • surgical procedure
  • gunfire
  • sabotaged car

Which casino did Anthony Spilotro open with the help of Herbert Blitzstein?

  • Gold Rush
  • Circus Circus
  • Riviera

Anthony Spilotro was suspected in how many gang-related murders?

  • 43
  • 22
  • 12

In what year did a special Senate committee first investigate organized crime in Vegas?

  • 1950
  • 1963
  • 1977

What was "The Green Felt Jungle?"

  • a book about Vegas mobs
  • a TV documentary about Vegas
  • a PR campaign against Vegas mobsters

What sort of assassination attempt did Frank Rosenthal survive in 1982?

  • car bomb
  • Molotov cocktail
  • poisoning

Why was the construction of the Flamingo shut down in 1947?

  • threats of violence
  • skimming
  • lack of construction materials

Why did mobster David Berman enlist in the Canadian Army in World War II instead of signing up in the U.S. Army?

  • He couldn't write.
  • He was a convicted felon.
  • He had poor hearing.

Why was Gus Greenbaum murdered?

  • He was skimming from casinos.
  • He was asking too much in street taxes.
  • He ordered hit on a Chicago gangster.

Where were the bodies of the Spilotro brothers found?

  • in the Nevada desert
  • in an Indiana cornfield
  • in an abandoned casino