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The American Mafia bets on the world and wins big

By David Amoruso

Gambling has always been the American Mafia’s “bread and butter.” After controlling illicit gambling across the United States, the mob upped the ante by turning Las Vegas into Sin City, a gambler’s paradise. But in true gambling spirit: It was never enough. In the decades that followed the mob expanded abroad and set up casinos across…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 22, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Violent New York Asian gang hit with racketeering charges

By David Amoruso

Eight members and associates of the Zheng Organization were charged with crimes including racketeering, narcotics trafficking, extortion offenses, illegal gambling, and soliciting assaults on Tuesday. Qian “Cash” Zheng, the gang’s leader, faces a maximum sentence of 164 years in prison if convicted.

Zheng’s organization…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 17, 2015 at 9:23am — No Comments

Court Report: Goodfellas mobster Vincent Asaro not guilty!

By Robert Sberna (He followed Vincent Asaro's trial for Gangsters Inc. This piece was written on 11-12-15. You can find his…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 13, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

The Rockford mob’s takeover of the Negro Policy Racket

By Gangsters Inc’s editors

The “Negro Policy Racket” in the 1940s-1960s in Rockford was not unlike the one in Chicago, only on a smaller scale. The policy racket gave some hope to poor blacks at the time that they would “hit it big” if they bet as little as a penny on this gambling operation. But odds were always in favor of the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2015 at 2:37am — No Comments

Court Report: All wiseguys and goodfellas hate Henry Hill

By Robert Sberna (He will follow Vincent Asaro's trial for Gangsters Inc. This piece was written on 10-27-15. You can find his…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 28, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Court Report: Mobster Vinny Asaro’s golden years pure hell

By Robert Sberna (He will follow Vincent Asaro's trial for Gangsters Inc. This piece was written on 10-24-15. You can find his…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 26, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Court Report: Gambling main theme in Goodfellas heist trial

By Robert Sberna (He will follow Vincent Asaro's trial for Gangsters Inc. This piece was written on 10-22-15. You can find his…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 23, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The Rise and Fall of the Boardwalk Empire

By David Amoruso

During the Roaring Twenties Atlantic City was the centre of gambling, boozing, and licentious behaviour in America. Whatever you wanted, you could get it at the boardwalk. Of course, you all know that now thanks to HBO’s Emmy…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 15, 2015 at 2:19am — No Comments

A Chicago Mob Story: The Man who loved being a Gangster

By Thom L. Jones

I have struck a city-a real city-and they call it Chicago... I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages.

- Rudyard Kipling

In Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s there was enough crime to go around. Plenty to satisfy everyone.

As one journalist put it, "In all the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 25, 2015 at 3:45am — No Comments

Genovese capo Pagano hit with racketeering charges

By David Amoruso

Genovese captain Daniel Pagano (above) was hit with racketeering charges in early August of 2014. Authorities alleged he participated in a racketeering conspiracy in which he committed extortion, loansharking, and operated an illegal gambling business. It was the latest bust in a long mob career for the 61-year-old Pagano. In 2015, he…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 11, 2015 at 6:04am — No Comments

TRAILER: Tom Hardy plays Kray twins in crime epic Legend

By David Amoruso

Ever since they came on the scene in the 1950s, Ronnie and Reggie Kray, known as the Kray twins, have dominated the London crime scene and the public’s fascination as well. And they continue to do so. This year, actor Tom Hardy will play both brothers in the epic gangster flick Legend.

Based on John Pearson's book…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 1, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments

Profile: Bonanno crime family capo Jack Bonventre

By David Amoruso

“What the fuck is there? Everybody runs to the law. Everybody’s a fucking rat. Everybody, they’re fucking horrible.” – Bonanno gangster Jack Bonventre

Bonanno mobster Jack Bonventre knows all about “the life” and its many hardships. Bonventre was convicted of a federal charge of illegal gambling in 2007, for which he…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 17, 2015 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

Profile: Colombo family capo Pasquale Amato

By David Amoruso

Colombo crime family captain Pasquale Amato died Friday, March 13, at age 80. He was serving a life sentence at a federal prison in Florida when he passed away. Though Amato was by no means an innocent man, there are some who say he did not commit the murder that sent him away to prison for the rest of his life.

Pasquale Amato…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 17, 2015 at 10:55am — No Comments

Profile: Macau Triad boss Tong Sang Lai

By David Amoruso

No matter how hard Tong Sang Lai (photo above) ran, his past eventually caught up with him. As a leader of the Shui Fong Triad in Macau he fled to North America after a violent war over the island’s gambling riches drew too much heat. Yesterday, the Federal Court of Appeal in Canada upheld a ruling that he was a Triad boss and therefore…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 12, 2015 at 8:54am — No Comments

Italian Organized Crime

Profiles and articles below introduction



By Angelo Carmelo Gallitto



Italian organized crime, divided in Cosa Nostra, ‘Ndrangheta, Camorra and Sacra Corona Unita, is a rich and powerful criminal enterprise…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 28, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments

Spotlight on Tampa Mafia with tour and magazine

By David Amoruso

When it comes to the mob in America everybody knows about the five families in New York or Al Capone in Chicago. But what about a smaller city? Like Tampa, Florida. A city that has a long and colorful history of violence filled with gangsters from Italy, Spain, Cuba, and the U.S. itself. A brand-new magazine and tour shine a…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 15, 2015 at 5:16pm — No Comments

The Truth Behind Movie Classic Casino

By David Amoruso

Hollywood loves gangsters. Not because film makers condone their crimes, but because their stories make them lots of money. It’s difficult to name any other genre that has so many titles based on a true story. Yet, despite this label, the true story often gets twisted to fit the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 10, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Genovese crew charged with multi-million dollar scheme

By David Amoruso

Eleven members and associates of the Genovese crime family were charged with racketeering charges for allegedly reaping millions of dollars in criminal profits in New Jersey through loansharking, unlicensed check cashing, gambling and money laundering, including laundering of proceeds from narcotics trafficking. Using…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 22, 2014 at 2:09pm — No Comments

James Gandolfini’s final farewell in true gangster style

By David Amoruso

James Gandolfini made an everlasting impression on millions of people around the globe with his iconic role as mob boss Anthony Soprano in television series The Sopranos. His unexpected death on June 19,2013, came too soon. But through his roles on television and in movies Gandolfini lives on. His last movie, The Drop,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 8, 2014 at 8:35am — 3 Comments

Triad gangster accused of running gambling empire

By David Amoruso

50-year-old Wei Seng Phua was known as a high roller around the world. The Malaysian played poker at the highest stakes and was known for his huge bankroll which was labeled as “a bottomless pile.” According to his own testimony he is worth between $300 and $400 million dollars. According to authorities he is worth much more. And, worse,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 7, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

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