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and other media

Some articles, presentation and other media created over the years related to illegal gambling history.

The following articles have been published in the Casino Chip and Token News, the quarterly magazine of the Casino Collectibles Association, and will be added here periodically.  Email me if interested in something sooner.

Omaha: Nebraska's Hidden History

Omaha, NE

Published: CCTN - Spring 2016

Richard Canfield:

The Gentleman Gambler of New York

New York, NY

Published: CCTN - Summer 2017

Green River Island:

Kentucky's No Man's Land

Evansville, KY/IN

Published: CCTN - Fall 2018 (AOTY)

The Many Lives of Ken Eto

Chicago, IL

Published: CCTN - Fall 2018

Alabama's J. J. Connors

Birmingham, AL

Published: CCTN - Spring 2020


Michigan's Poorly Hidden Secret

Hamtramck, MI

Published: CCTN - Summer 2020

Stag Bar: A Family Mystery

Havana, IL

Published: CCTN - Winter 2021

Mike Cunico: Cowboy Gambler

Taos, NM

Published: CCTN - Spring 2021

Bar X & the Dallas Rat

Dallas, TX

Published: CCTN - Summer 2021

On the Run with the Harry Lee Showboat

East Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi

Published: CCTN - Fall 2021 (AOTY)

Bueno Fortuna:

The Case of the Dallas Good Fortune

Dallas, TX

Published: CCTN - Winter 2022

Colonial Club and Beyond

Hot Springs, AR

Published: CCTN - Winter 2022

Sam Hare & the New Dells

Chicago, IL

Published: CCTN - Spring 2022

Montana Mystery Chips

Dallas, TX

Published: CCTN - Summer 2022

El Paso vs. Knickerbocker Club

El Paso, TX

Published: CCTN - Fall 2022

Benny Binion & the Dallas Gambling War
Dallas, Texas

Before he became a Las Vegas icon, Benny Binion was the gambling kingpin of Dallas, Texas.  His war for supremacy tore the city's underworld apart.


Published: CCTN - Winter 2017 (Winner Article of the Year)


Irene Kite and Her Ax
Central Illinois

Social activist Irene Kite uses a hand ax against illegal slot machines in central Illinois in 1937.


Published: CCTN - Winter 2019


Chips from the Pomp Club and Their Second Life
Pompano, Florida & Illinois

A deep dive into a confusing chip record reveals a short-lived club and the life of its chips afterwards.


Published: CCTN - Summer 2019 (Winner Article of Year)

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