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Santa Monica's Old Casino

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The Santa Monica Daily Press flashes back to the 1930s, when Las Vegas mobster Tony Cornero turned a barge into a popular off-shore casino, allowing him to circumvent California's ban on gambling . "On its opening, Cornero bombarded the Los Angeles newspapers and radio airwaves with advertisements, and offered a $100,000 reward to any visitor who could prove any of his games were rigged. He even hired skywriters to spray messages in the skies above Santa Monica enticing locals to 'experience the world's largest and most luxurious casino!'" Eventually, the casino was shut down. [SMDP]