Early during the 1960's I lived in Chicago moving from Detroit. I eventually met the still living brother of Al Capone, Ralph who owned the MGM club in Cicero, Illinois and I became a dealer for him, working weekend poker games. This was a learning experience. I earned a very trusted employee relationship. Later working for his bookmaking operation and learned the in's and out's of the business. Being a trusted employee I was given an offer I could not refuse and moved to the desert and sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. With the USA becoming involved in the Viet Nam war skip a few years. I worked at the downtown location(Mint Hotel & Casino). The Teamsters Union built the Circus Circus Casino on the strip. The Teamsters were not really wanting to run the casino they rather oversee operations and the world of skimming profits was growing in the underworld operations of most casinos. An offer was given to the Teamsters to lease the casino for 12k a day and was accepted. I was the first person to wear a mustach that worked at a strip location and this is a fact. Today no such superstitions exist for beards and mustaches are everywhere in todays world at every location. I was a very trusted employee and to this day wear a badge of honor that only few know the meaning of and what it means. To make a very long and most interesting story short I retired from the casino business in 1987-88 and became a sports bettor and was a regular in many newly opened sports books at the strip locations. Shoulder to shoulder with Lefty Rosenthal and Lem Banker and Bob Martin lined up to make wagers on sports. Bobby Martin was the person that every casino looked for when he made the opening lines on professional sports and later on Lefty became the main man after Bob Martin passed. Now Lefty has passed while living in exile, however, Lem Banker still maintains much respect in the industry. You can go to the (about us) link to learn more about me. During my retirement years betting on sports I made a comfortable life for my family. Just about 11+ years ago started the web site (samswins.com) and sold my selections to the smart sports bettors that know who I am. Today currently with about 150 base clients and a few from abroad through the word of mouth growing each year I enjoy playing my selections and giving them out so that everyone can enjoy the lifestyle that I have been privy to since the late mid 1980's.
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