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Nevada was plagued by teamster financing, hidden ownership, employment of individuals of questionable character and background, and the clear links to organized crime. In this context, organized crime doesn't just mean Mafia. Nevada improved its regulation only under the threat of federal intervention. The federal government believed, with good reason, that Nevada casinos were fueling organized crime throughout the country.
Because of this history, the concern about organized crime usually is raised whenever

legalizing gambling is discussed. Even when New Hampshire began its state lottery in 1964,there was concern that organized crime would take over.

Much has changed since the days when Bugsy Siegel started the first modern casino in Las Vegas. Organized crime has become part of the mystique of gambling but it is without significant influence today. Las Vegas and the Flamingo are part of an historical association with organized crime.




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