Gambling Ships off Santa Monica

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The new book Noir Afloat takes you to the Santa Monica of 1933 when mobster Tony Cornero brought casino gaming to the bay aboard a fleet of floating gambling ships. The S.S. Rex, and S.S. Tango and S.S. Lux could accommodate thousands making Cornero wealthy enough to eventually invent Las Vegas. The ships operated in what was considered international waters and enjoyed more than a decade-long run before maps were redrawn inviting a showdown between the gangsters and the coppers in 1946. See what all the fuss was about with a reading by author Ernest Marquez at the Annenberg Beach House on April 18th.