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This story about the era of the gambling boats in Los Angeles in the 1930s – and Tony Cornero, the boss of the underworld at the center of it all – is a portal to another version of the city, a glamorous and seedy one.
Business reporter Daniel Miller spent months chasing history, brooding over FBI records, reading newspaper reports, and interviewing the few living who remember when barges off the Santa Monica coast got the chance of a jackpot splashed by the ocean offered.
He tells us about this world of water cannon gangsters and floating den of vice – which paved the way for the popularity of Las Vegas and which came to a dramatic end this month 82 years ago.
Host: LA Times business reporter Daniel Miller
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