The Last Remnants of the 'Mob Era' in Las Vegas

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What is generally considered the "Mob Era" of Las Vegas ended in the mid-1980s with the death or imprisonment of many key players -- and a corporate culture emerging on the Strip and downtown.

However, it turns out that perhaps the biggest "La Cosa Nostra" name still out there was wetting his beak at a smaller property on Paradise at Flamingo.

In the years after the Continental first opened in 1975, perennial lounge performer Cook E. Jarr became a mainstay at this otherwise unremarkable off-Strip casino.

The Continental made it into the news a few years after it was generally thought that skimming in Las Vegas had been defeated, with the successful prosecution of midwestern crime bosses Frank Balestrieri, Joey "Doves" Aiuppa and others.

Read entire article at News 3 Las Vegas

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