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The last parcel he purchased was in The family sold all the parcels in April to John Hillenbrand. In , Benny Binion regained full control of the Horseshoe after previously selling his interest to cover his legal costs defending himself from tax evasion and other charges.
Since he was a convicted criminal, Benny was no longer allowed to hold a gaming license. His sons Jack and Ted--aged only 23 and 21, respectively — took over the day-to-day operation of the casino, while Benny remained on the payroll as a "consultant.
For the next 30 years, Ted was the face that was most seen during the peak evening hours of the casino operation and became well known as the host of the Horseshoe's poker tournaments.
Binion loved living the high life and partying, schmoozing with high-profile guests of the Horseshoe, and flirting with attractive women. He was arrested in on drug trafficking charges and began drawing attention for his connection to organized crime figure "Fat Herbie" Blitzstein.
From that point on, Binion was in hot water with the Nevada Gaming Commission. Besides his drug problems and association with mob figures, the Nevada Gaming Control Board suspected that he was using his live-in girlfriend, Sandy Murphy, as a bagwoman.
Binion had met Murphy while she was working at Cheetah's , a topless club. His dalliances with her had caused his estranged wife and daughter to pack up and leave for Texas.
In , he was provisionally banned from any management role in the Horseshoe and had to undergo regular drug testing. For the duration of his suspension, he was banned from even entering his family's casino.
In March , after the Commission learned that Binion was associating with Chicago Outfit figure Herbert "Fat Herbie" Blitzstein , it voted unanimously to permanently revoke Binion's license.
Binion was the first person to lose his license for violating a Nevada regulation that bans gaming licensees from associating with known criminals.
Inside the basement of the casino was Ted's silver collection, housed in a floor-to-ceiling vault at the Horseshoe Club.
After Binion lost his license and the family sold the Montana ranch, he became even more involved in drugs, especially marijuana, Xanax , and the street drug tar heroin , which he smoked.
He was known to " chase the dragon " inhale the smoke. The dealers knew when he was around due to the telltale odor of marijuana smoke whenever he used the eye in the sky to keep an eye on the action.
Binion was once the target of a near-kidnapping, a dramatic attempt that left bodies strewn across the desert. He was an avid reader of magazines and books.
He was a history buff, particularly American Civil War history, and enjoyed watching History Channel and Discovery Channel programming.
In addition, he was mathematically gifted - easily able to mentally calculate odds or the "house take" in gambling transactions with no aid.
He was known to help people he knew to be in difficult financial straits. The Pahrump underground vault would play a major role in the investigation into Binion's death.
After Ted Binion was banned from the casino, he contracted construction of the underground vault with MRT Transport, a trucking company owned by Rick Tabish.
MRT trucks were used to transport the silver to the vault, and the only two people who had the combination to the vault were Binion and Tabish.
The vault was discovered two days after Binion died, whereupon Nye County sheriff's deputies arrested Binion's associate Rick Tabish and two other men unearthing the silver.
Binion hid millions in and around his Las Vegas home, all of which went missing after his death. It is rumored to be buried on the property under odd mounds in the front and back yards.
After the trial much of the silver was given to his daughter, who had some of it offered for sale to the public. A large portion still remains unclaimed at the courthouse.
Ted Binion was found dead on a small mattress on the floor of his Las Vegas estate home, Palomino Lane near Rancho Drive and Charleston Boulevard , on September 17, Empty pill bottles were found near the body, and an autopsy and toxicology report revealed that he died of a combination of the prescription sedative Xanax and heroin , with traces of Valium.
The day before, Binion had himself purchased 12 pieces of tar heroin from a street drug dealer, and had earlier gotten a prescription from his next-door neighbor, a doctor, for Xanax, and evidence introduced at trial showed that Binion personally took the prescription to a local pharmacy to be filled.
Binion's death was initially treated as a probable suicide. His live-in girlfriend, Sandy Murphy, said that Binion had been suicidal ever since losing his gaming license a few months earlier.
However, his sister Becky discounted any talk of suicide, saying that in her conversations with him he did not sound despondent. Las Vegas homicide detectives suspected that the scene had been staged, as his body did not show the typical signs of a drug overdose.
Also, the stomach contained heroin and the police thought that neither an addict nor a suicide would take heroin in that manner.
However, despite the urgings of Becky Behnen and Jack Binion, they refused to open a full-scale homicide investigation.
Six months later, chief medical examiner Lary Simms ruled Binion had died of a heroin and Xanax overdose. After six months, however, the Clark County Coroner 's office reclassified Ted's death a homicide on May 5, Although there were no specifics, law enforcement sources cited evidence that the death scene had been staged, as well as witness statements implicating Murphy and Tabish.
Detectives had suspected for some time that Murphy and Tabish had been romantically involved, and had learned that Binion suspected Murphy was cheating on him.
In June , Sandy Murphy and Rick Tabish were arrested for Binion's murder, as well as for conspiracy, robbery, grand larceny and burglary.
The prosecution contended that Murphy and Tabish had conspired to kill Binion and steal his wealth, drugging Binion into unconsciousness and burking him, a form of manual suffocation.
The suffocation, in this theory, which was presented at trial by forensics pathologist Michael Baden , who testified for the prosecution,  was done because the overdose was taking too long, and the pair feared discovery.
They were each charged with murder and burglary charges connected to the removal of his fortune from the vault on the desert floor in Pahrump. A police report that was not used in the first trial by Rick Tabish's first attorney Louie Palazzo revealed that a drive-by shooting occurred on June 5, , in front of Ted Binion's Palomino Lane home.
Included in the police report about the late night incident is a statement by Ted Binion alleging that Chance LeSueur and Benny Behnen were the shooters.
The case attracted national media attention. After two months of trial, Murphy and Tabish were found guilty, after nearly 68 hours of deliberation.
Tabish was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, while Murphy received 22 years to life. Later that year, David Roger , who prosecuted the case, was elected Clark County district attorney, and David Wall, who second-chaired the prosecution, was elected district judge.
However, in July , the Nevada Supreme Court overturned the murder convictions, ruling that Clark County District Court Judge Joseph Bonaventure erred in deliberation instructions to the jury.
The justices found that Tabish should have received a separate trial for the assault and blackmail of another businessman. While the prosecution was never able to prove a link between this crime and Binion's murder, the justices said, testimony regarding the separate assault prejudiced the jury against Tabish.
His parents initially kept him out of school due to poor health. His father, a horse trader , let him accompany him on trips.
While the outdoor life restored his health, Binion never had any formal education. Binion's FBI file reveals a criminal history dating back to , listing offenses such as theft, carrying concealed weapons, and two murder convictions.
Binion moved to El Paso when he was 18, where he began moonshining during the Prohibition Era. In , Binion was convicted of shooting and killing an African American rum-runner , Frank Bolding, "cowboy style.
In , Binion established a network of private dice games at several Dallas hotels, including the Southland Hotel in downtown Dallas. This came to be known as the Southland Syndicate.
In , Binion and a henchman killed a numbers operator and competitor, Ben Frieden, emptying their pistols into him. Binion then allegedly shot himself in the shoulder and turned himself in to police, claiming that Frieden had shot him first.
Binion was indicted, but the indictment was later dismissed on the grounds that Binion had acted in self-defense.
Binion was never indicted for this murder, and charges were dropped against his henchmen. By the early s, Binion had become the reigning mob boss of Dallas.
He then sought to take over the gambling rackets in Fort Worth. The local mob boss of that city, Lewis Tindell, was murdered shortly afterwards.
The Chicago Outfit made a successful move into Dallas after World War II. With the election of a Dallas County Sheriff Steve Gutherie, Binion lost his fix with the local government and fled to Las Vegas.
While in Dallas, Binion had begun a long-running feud with Herbert Noble, a small-time Dallas gambler, which continued after Binion moved to Las Vegas.
Binion demanded that Noble increase his payoff to Binion from 25 to 40 percent, which Noble refused to do. In November , Noble's wife was killed in a car bombing intended for him.
Binion lost his gambling license in , and was sentenced to a five-year term in at Leavenworth federal penitentiary for tax evasion. In Las Vegas, Binion became a partner of the Las Vegas Club casino, but left after a year due to licensing problems.
In , he purchased the Eldorado Club and the Apache Hotel, opening them as Binion's Horseshoe casino, which immediately became popular because of the high limits on bets.
Additionally, the Horseshoe would allow a bet of any size from a player as long as the bet was no larger than the player's initial bet. Binion was in the vanguard of Las Vegas casino innovation.
He was the first in the downtown Glitter Gulch to replace sawdust-covered floors with carpeting, the first to dispatch limousines to transport customers to and from the casino, and the first to offer free drinks to players.
Binion said he followed a simple philosophy when serving his customers: "Good food, good whiskey cheap, and a good gamble.
Binion was known to be generous to patrons. The Horseshoe is also believed to be the first major casino to offer times-odds at craps a patron with a bet on the pass or don't-pass lines could take or lay up to times their bet in odds.
After his trial and conviction in , to cover back taxes and legal costs, Binion sold a majority share in the Horseshoe to fellow gambler and New Orleans oilman Joe W.
Instead, his son Jack became the licensee, with Benny assuming the title of Director of Public Relations. Binion styled himself a cowboy throughout his life.
He almost never wore a necktie, and used gold coins as buttons on his cowboy shirts. Despite being technically barred from owning guns, he carried at least one pistol all his life, and kept a sawed-off shotgun close by.
His office was a booth in the downstairs restaurant, and he knew many of his customers by name. He was, however, inducted posthumously, in , into the Poker Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game.
Binion and his wife, Teddy Jane, had five children: two sons, Jack and Ted , and three daughters, Barbara, Brenda and Becky. Jack and Ted took over as president and casino manager, respectively, in Benny's wife, Teddy Jane, managed the casino cage until her death in In , Binion's daughter, Becky, took over the presidency after a legal battle, and Jack moved on to other gambling interests.
Becky's presidency saw the casino sink into debt. Ted was under nearly constant scrutiny from the Nevada Gaming Commission from onwards for his involvement in drugs and associating with known mob figures.
His gaming license was revoked in , and he died in mysterious circumstances about a decade later. Ted's live-in girlfriend Sandra Murphy and a man with whom she was having an affair Rick Tabish were charged and convicted of his murder, but the verdict was later overturned.
They were retried and acquitted. In January , Binion arranged for Johnny Moss and " Nick the Greek " Dandalos to play a head-to-head poker tournament which ended up lasting five months, with Nick the Greek ultimately losing a reported two million dollars.
The year-old Moss had to take breaks to sleep occasionally, during which the Greek, then 57, went over to the craps table and played.
After the final hand, and losing millions of dollars, Nick the Greek uttered one of the most famous poker quotes of all time, "Mr.
Moss, I have to let you go. Binion didn't operate a casino until in Las Vegas. In , after years of arranging heads-up matches between high-stakes players, Binion invited six players to compete in a tournament.
Johnny Moss, then 63, was voted champion by his younger competition and received a small trophy. Binion's creation of the World Series helped the game of poker spread and become popular.
Binion himself greatly underestimated how popular the World Series would become. In , he speculated that eventually the tournament might have 50 or so entrants.
Benny never forgot his Texas roots and was a key player in getting the National Finals Rodeo to move to Las Vegas.
He never forgot the cowboys after they arrived; he always paid the entry fees for all of the cowboys for their championship event. When the casino closed, Boyd Gaming took up the tradition that Binion started by continuing to pay all the entry fees.