In a five-part series writer Christian Henkel digs deep into Las Vegas history to uncover the truth behind some of the gambling world's most notorious figures.
Next up: Major Riddle. Check back regularly for more profiles.
By Christian Henkel
When it comes to poker losses, Major Riddle played in his own league.
In the 1950s/60s there was a whole society of people trying to make money from the pockets of the legendary casino owner.
He opened the first “Topless Cabaret” in Sin City and battled with the authorities. He was the godfather of poker's first “Big Game." He was also its first victim.
He co-owned the legendary Dunes Casino and then lost it piece by piece.
These are the stories of the men who made Las Vegas what it is today – the greatest and craziest city on Earth.