Gardena Poker Clubs: A High-stakes History
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Even in the midst of the Great Depression, gamblers flocked to Gardena. Colorful individuals like Ernie Primm fought for the legalization of commercial draw poker and established six iconic card clubs that thrived for generations. Russ Miller worked his way from Edgemont Club bouncer to owner of the Normandie Club. A criminal group called the Ver-Crans Corporation controlled the Horseshoe Club before being run out of town, selling its interest to Bow Herbert. Rival factions in the city waged war in the courts and the street over the coveted seventh card club license. And Larry Flynt bid his way to owning the Eldorado Club, which he rebuilt as the Hustler Casino. Author Max Votolato reveals the high-stakes stories behind Gardena's famous poker rooms.
The History Press
: 9781467136716
: The History Press
: 06/19/2017
: California
: 75 Black And White
: 160
: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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Max Votolato, born and raised in London, has worked in the Los Angeles film industry for fifteen years, including posts at Paramount, MGM, KingSports and the Fox television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. His 2015 documentary film, Freeway City, introduced the history of Gardena's card clubs, the starting point for this story.
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