In 1980, a bankrupt gambler came up with a plan to get his money back. He built an incredibly complex bomb, one that was impossible to defuse and that only he knew how to move, and snuck it into a Lake Tahoe casino with an extortion note demanding $3 million. Part of the plan worked. Part of it did not.Hear Higginbotham discuss this story on the Longform Podcast.
How David Milch, the creator of NYPD Blue and Deadwood, blew his $100 million fortune at the track.
The inside story of the megadoner and the Chinese casino money flooding our elections.
Paul Phua rose from a Borneo numbers runner to being the biggest bookmaker in the world. Then he found poker.
The men who say they’ll try to save the once-bustling gambling resort town.
How Billy Walters, the world’s most successful gambler, keeps winning.
The strange, gun-filled life of the “King of Instragram,” a failed NAVY Seal trainee turned poker-playing playboy with an exiled fraudster for a father and two heart attacks already under his belt.
Nearing the end of his career, a Canadian tycoon named Michael DeGroote went for one last deal, investing $100 million to build a Las Vegas in the Dominican Republic. His partners? Two brothers with a criminal past, a con man and an old friend with close ties to the mob.
Deep in debt, a man makes a large racetrack wager and recalls his history of gambling.
"I lean in to the betting window and tell her I want a grand on my horse. She looks shocked at first. She knows it’s a bet I shouldn’t be making, a bet I can’t afford, but she doesn’t know I’m running out of options. If I can’t come up with some serious cash soon, my number’s up. She types in some information but it seems to take her longer than usual."
The dark secret life of The Great Zucchini, Washington D.C.’s most sought after children’s birthday party entertainer.
A pair of gamblers and a glitch too good to last.