The First Casino Mobsters

Casinos are the perfect place for crimes to happen. They’re filled with rich people, too much alcohol, several beautiful girls for men to fight over and a ton of money too. Casino mobsters were common between the 1920s and the 1960s, particularly in the gambling capital of the world, Las Vegas. Here are some of the original casino mobsters. 

Bugsy Siegal

Bugsy Siegal was a Jewish American mobster. He was one of the first ever mobsters to receive ‘celebrity’ status when his face was splashed on the front page of several newspapers and magazines. Handsome and charming, he could win people over very easily- but destroy them very quickly too. While he is remembered for several dangerous and serious crimes that he committed, such as murdering a fellow mobster, he should also be remembered in some light, as he was the primary developer of the Las Vegas strip, making it what it is today. 

Meyer Lansky

Meyer Lansky was sometimes nicknamed the ‘mob accountant.’ He is said to have been one of the most successful gangsters in history, having never been charged with anything more serious than illegal gambling and having a net worth of $20 million dollars while he was alive. In 2017, this equates to about $165 million. He had a hand in several casinos across the world, indeed building himself a gambling empire, and he was also one of the key developers of the National Crime Syndicate in America. 

Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano

An Italian-American mobster and crime boss, Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano is said to the ‘founding father’ of modern organized crime, making several developments that changed the way mobsters worked quite drastically. He played a vital role in the development of the National Crime Syndicate and was also the first ever boss of the Genovese Crime Family. He was a gambler and made many illegal movements within a variety of casinos to make more money for himself, as well as a ‘pimp’ and also a bootlegger. He was eventually convicted of some of his crimes but didn’t have to live out the full sentence- the US allowed him to live freely outside of their borders after he struck a bargain with them. 

Anthony ‘Tony’ Spilotro 

Sometimes nicknamed Tony and sometimes nicknamed ‘The Ant,’ Anthony Spilotro was an American mobster, primarily remembered for enforcing the Chicago Outfit in Las Vegas. It was his role among his fellow mobsters to oversee each and every illegal activity that occurred in the casino and keep track of all of the illegal profits made. He’s also remembered for starting the demise of Vegas- when he took over as ‘leader,’ things began to go downhill, and mobsters all over weren’t happy about it, so they decided to shoot him to sort things out.