LAS VEGAS -- To crack down on unsavory characters in casinos state lawmakers created the List of Excluded Persons, more commonly known as Nevada's Black Book.
For those who value their time in resorts and other licensed gaming establishments, this is the one list worth avoiding. Land on the list and you'll be rubbing elbows with the likes of "The Whale," "Little Frankie," "Ali Baba," "Moose," "The Fixer," "Brother," "Dicky Boy," and "The Pope."
Black Book nominations are made by the State Gaming Control Board and approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission. Anybody in the book who is caught in a gaming establishment is guilty of a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and $2,000 in fines. Casinos that cater to such individuals put their licenses in jeopardy.
The 11 original members of the Black Book, the infamous Class of 1960, were all reputed mobsters mostly from Chicago, Kansas City, Mo., or Southern California. The most notorious of that bunch was Sam Giancana, the late former Chicago mob boss who was tied to John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential election and a CIA plot to kill Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Other notorious former members of the Black Book included the late Anthony Joseph Spilotro, the Chicago mob's enforcer in Las Vegas who was beaten to death in an Indiana cornfield, and the late Frank Larry Rosenthal, a reputed mob associate who was entertainment director of the Stardust resort and an Argent Corp. executive. The two men were depicted under fictitious names by actors Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro respectively in the 1995 movie "Casino."
But as Black Book entrants die off and others are added, the makeup of the exclusion list has gradually changed. There are now more members in the book for slot cheating or other gaming violations than there are those with mob ties.
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