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Bugsy

  The movie Bugsy was released in 1991 and starred Warren Beatty, Barry Levinson and Mark Johnson. Directed by Barry Levinson the movie tells the tale of Benjamin Bugsy Siegel who is a member of the New York mob. In California he meets and falls in love with Hollywood starlet Virginia Hill (played by Annette Bening).

The reason why Bugsy is in California is to relieve Jack Dragna, a gangster from Los Angeles, of the control of the betting parlours. He encounters Mickey Cohen when he finds the latter burgling Dragna's office and decides to go into partnership with him and puts him in charge of the casinos.

While visiting Nevada on business Bugsy dreams up an idea to open a casino in the Nevada desert. In order to finance it he raises $1 million from Meyer Lansky and several of his mob friends. Virginia, his moll, is put in charge of finance and work on building the casino, which will be the Las Vegas Hotel Casino, commences. However the costs escalate hugely, and the soon hit $6 million, though Bugsy tried everything he can to raise the money.

In Los Angeles he encounters an old associate called Harry Greenberg, who is in trouble on a number of counts, namely gambling debts and the law; but eventually he is killed by Bugsy. Arrested for the murder, he gets off through lack of evidence. Meyer Lansky subsequently gives Bugsy a large amount of money telling him that this is the last time he will protect him.

Noting that $2 million is missing from the casino accounts, Bugsy finds out that the money was taken by Virginia, but he tells her to hang on to it. He then advises Lansky to hold on to his casino shares, however that very evening he is assassinated.

In real life, Virginia returned the money though later she committed suicide. Eventually, the $6 million invested in the casino generated revenue of more than $100 billion. The Las Vegas Casino still exists today, though now it is a luxurious hotel casino and there is also an online casino with the same name. In many ways it is a much safer way to play casino games, playing online slots in JackpotCity. In any case you are less likely get in trouble with your slots winnings, and it's always good practice for a career in casino films.

Author: Darren Jones

 

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