Rank #1: 3: Parlays & Paydays – A Small Bet Wins Big Cash
As the debate over sports betting plays out before the U.S. Supreme Court, this episode focuses on a sports bettor’s dream. After moving to Las Vegas, Boston's Tayla Polia overcame extremely long odds – turning one small bet into a gigantic score. How her win came about is quite a tale.
Mar 30 2018
Rank #2: 8: SHIP IT: How a Weekend of Vegas Blackjack Saved FedEx
In this month's episode of True Gambling Stories, we take you to the blackjack tables. But this story has a twist. It’s about a global corporation and how a weekend at the blackjack tables in Las Vegas in the 1970s kept the whole operation afloat. There’s a bit of blackjack, big money, business – and a little bit of the sights and sounds of old Las Vegas. This week's guests include the Las Vegas Advisor's Anthony Curtis and business management professor Dr. Bob Collins. So put in the earbuds, sit back, and relax.
Oct 08 2018
Rank #3: 7: Betting It All on Red: A Six-Figure Roulette Wager
This month, True Gambling Stories follows the bouncing ball and turns to the roulette wheel. But this isn’t about a guy who just took a few hundred bucks out of his wallet and bet on his lucky number. This story involves a massive bet that most of us could never imagine. Six figures, one spin of the wheel. That’s it in a nutshell, but there’s so much more.
Sep 05 2018
Rank #4: 6: Betting Behind Bars – The Nevada State Prison Casino
Most people don't think of gambling in prison, but this is Nevada! In our sixth episode, **True Gambling Stories** offers the ins and outs of the history of the **Nevada State Prison Casino**. From sports betting to poker to craps, the prison allowed prisoners to wager and run the casino for 35 years. There are several other interesting notes about the prison that are included in this crazy tale. The episode's guests include **Sena Loyd**, co-author of the book "Nevada State Prison." She offers plenty of interesting footnotes and insight into the facility. Casino memorabilia and chips expert **Howard Herz** also offers insight and has visited the prison. From crazy stories on executions to monster men to plenty of betting action behind bars, you won't wan to miss this one. So put on those headphones, hit play, and enjoy.
Jul 06 2018
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Rank #5: 5: Dead Man’s Hand – The Shot in the Back That Killed Wild Bill Hickok
Summertime brings a special event for gamblers – the World Series of Poker. In honor of that event, this month’s episode of True Gambling Stories features one the world’s best-known poker tales. It’s the story of how one of the most famous American lawmen of the Old West met his ultimate demise at the card table. Dead Man's Hand has become synonymous with Wild Bill Hickok, and here's all the card-playing, gun-fighting history. Guests this week include: Jim McManus, author of "Positively Fifth Street" who also has a new story that is part of the new anthology "He Played for his Wife and Other Stories"; Aaron Woodard, author of the new book "The Revenger: The Life and Times of Wild Bill Hickok"; and Louie Lalonde, owner Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood, S.D. Put in those earbuds and enjoy! (Photo courtesy of the City of Deadwood and Historic Preservation Commission, Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply)
Jun 08 2018