True Gambling Stories

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From the bright lights of glittering Las Vegas to Old West gambling saloons, True Gambling Stories brings readers some insight into gambling's great stories and lore. This audible experience includes plenty of cards, cash, dice, and the occasional six-shooter.

Episode Date
4: Phar Lap – Huge Wins, Mysteries, & Assassins
The month of May brings big horse racing. The Triple Crown gets underway with the Kentucky Derby on May 5, and there will be plenty of action. In the spirit of the Sports of Kings, True Gambling Stories brings you a unique story from horse racing's past. Phar Lap was one of Australia's greatest champions, but was surrounded by mystery. That includes an interesting assassination attempt before the nation's biggest races, and then a mysterious death in California that shocked the sports world. sit back and enjoy!
May 03, 2018
6: Betting Behind Bars – The Nevada State Prison Casino
Most people don't think of gambling in prison, but this is Nevada! In our sixth episode, **True Gambling Stories** offers the ins and outs of the history of the **Nevada State Prison Casino**. From sports betting to poker to craps, the prison allowed prisoners to wager and run the casino for 35 years. There are several other interesting notes about the prison that are included in this crazy tale. The episode's guests include **Sena Loyd**, co-author of the book "Nevada State Prison." She offers plenty of interesting footnotes and insight into the facility. Casino memorabilia and chips expert **Howard Herz** also offers insight and has visited the prison. From crazy stories on executions to monster men to plenty of betting action behind bars, you won't wan to miss this one. So put on those headphones, hit play, and enjoy.
Jul 06, 2018
5: Dead Man’s Hand – The Shot in the Back That Killed Wild Bill Hickok
Summertime brings a special event for gamblers – the World Series of Poker. In honor of that event, this month’s episode of True Gambling Stories features one the world’s best-known poker tales. It’s the story of how one of the most famous American lawmen of the Old West met his ultimate demise at the card table. Dead Man's Hand has become synonymous with Wild Bill Hickok, and here's all the card-playing, gun-fighting history. Guests this week include: Jim McManus, author of "Positively Fifth Street" who also has a new story that is part of the new anthology "He Played for his Wife and Other Stories"; Aaron Woodard, author of the new book "The Revenger: The Life and Times of Wild Bill Hickok"; and Louie Lalonde, owner Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood, S.D. Put in those earbuds and enjoy! (Photo courtesy of the City of Deadwood and Historic Preservation Commission, Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply)
Jun 08, 2018
3: Parlays & Paydays – A Small Bet Wins Big Cash
As the debate over sports betting plays out before the U.S. Supreme Court, this episode focuses on a sports bettor’s dream. After moving to Las Vegas, Boston's Tayla Polia overcame extremely long odds – turning one small bet into a gigantic score. How her win came about is quite a tale.
Mar 30, 2018
2: Holdem & Holdups – Gambling on Greenville (with guests Doyle Brunson & TJ Cloutier)
This week’s show focuses on an old Texas underground poker room that featured some of the best players in the game. While there may have been plenty of cash won, it wasn’t always easy to make it home with the winnings. Players traveled the state for action – dodging the law and crooks along the way. This episode also features some insight on the old days from poker legends Doyle Brunson and T.J. Cloutier. Sit back, relax, and take a trip into poker's past.
Feb 28, 2018
1: The Craps King – Stanley Fujitake
Our premier episode tells the story of Stanley Fujitake's astonishing craps roll at Las Vegas's California casino in 1989\. The Cal has always had a unique relationship with gamblers from Hawaii. Stanley was one of those islanders who frequented the downtown property – and its craps tables. His epic roll became a world record and inspired a club devoted to excellence at the dice tables. Learn the inside story of this amazing gambling story.
Jan 31, 2018