Mob Museum tells Vegas story; Major casino collectibles show in Chicago

Mob Museum tells Vegas story; Major casino collectibles show in Chicago

April 24, 2018 3:08 AM


If you are into casino collectibles as more than a hobby, you may want to check out the upcoming Gambling Memorabilia Sale at Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago on May 19.

There will be more than 500 lots of books, catalogs, cheating devices, poker accessories and gaming rarities from the collection of Bob Rosenberger, who is well-known among serious collectors of gambling paraphernalia.

You will also find a full spectrum of materials from the San Francisco firm of Will & Fink, one of the most important knife makers and gambling supply houses of the American West. Plus there will be over 70 lots of books on poker.

One of the most expensive items for sale is Alfred Trumbles’ “Faro Exposed or The Gambler and his Prey.” This rare book, published in 1882, deals with advantage play, providing the rules and history of the Old West’s most popular card game, and details methods by which unsuspecting suckers and their money could be parted. Its estimated sales price is $20,000 to $30,000.

If you are a poker enthusiast and have $25,000 to $35,000 available to invest, you might be interested in Lot 162, a collection of seven late 19th century poker magazines. The group includes all six “Poker Chips” magazines ever published from June to November, 1896 and the July 1897 issue of “The White Elephant,” its successor periodical.

That is an impressive price. We will be sure to take good care of our old issues of GamingToday and its predecessor Sports Form.

You can get more information on the auction, including a complete list of all items being offered, along with details and pictures, at And if you can’t make it to Chicago, the website also provides information on how to bid by phone, online or via an absentee ballot.

THE MOB: It’s a known fact organized crime played an important role in the history of Las Vegas. Truthfully, the town probably wouldn’t be much more than a watering hole if it weren’t for “the boys.”

It is 71 years since Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in December 1946 and over 30 years since organized crime was driven from the casino business but people are still fascinated by it all; so much so that an entire museum in downtown – The Mob Museum – is dedicated to telling that story.

But soon there will be a fun and entertaining way to learn about Las Vegas’ history. Opening in July at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, “A Mob Story” is an original production that tells the “tale of how the Mob made Las Vegas, and how Vegas took down the Mob,” says the company’s press release.

Created and directed by Jeff Kutash – an Emmy and Golden Globe award winner who also brought us 12-time Las Vegas Show of the Year, “Splash” – the show claims to be the “most realistic portrayal of the mob ever presented on stage, as told by the last Godfather, former Colombo family capo Michael Franzese.” Now that sounds interesting.

With a cast of 25 singers, actors and dancers, and stunning 180-degree visual effects, “A Mob Story” is sure to captivate and fascinate its audience.

Tickets are currently on sale. You can get more information at the hotel’s website,

DRAFT PARTY: Don’t miss the Fifth Annual Pro Football Draft Day Party at Sunset Station’s Club Madrid this Thursday. You will be able to watch all the draft action on three huge HD screens plus have a chance to win pro football caps and more.

Hosted by Brian Blessing, host of Sportsbook radio, 1400 KSHP AM, and Sunset’s top-notch sportsbook guru Chuck Esposito, the first 500 people to arrive will receive a Get Drafted t-shirt, while supplies last.

“The Get Drafted party has turned into the unofficial kick off to football season,” Blessing told us. “It is a fantastic event.”

It’s free, it’s fun and there will be specials on draft beer and shots, with stadium food starting at $2. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

CHEDDAR: No, not cheese. Cheddar as in cabbage, clams, moolah, scratch… yes, money. It’s the new slang among millennials. When we heard VSiN was going to provide sports updates to Cheddar Big News we got curious about the name and did a little research. We think the live and on-demand video news network is aptly named for its target audience.

See you around town.