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Born in Sicily, the Maceo brothers began work as barbers, but the lure of easy money soon led them to a life of crime serving the vices of Texans looking cattleya blackjack a stiff drink during Prohibition.

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I watched for about three years before I played any poker. Men wore coats and ties, and women wore dresses.

Bespectacled Bobby Baldwin might be firing at a pot on the well-worn green felt, ringed with poker greats. Booze Brothers As far back as the earlys, a few underground gambling establishments in dance halls and saloons were offering a chance to wager some cash.

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I sold chips and did just whatever anyone needed. Hidden panels in walls could hide equipment quickly and craps tables converted to billiards tables. But the poker club's days were numbered, and it eventually closed.

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I'll Do my Own Damn Killin': The powerful water and waves, which rose above the seawall, was too much for the almost year-old structure. A respected poker player and bookmaker at the time, Dick Carson played at the Dallas club and won a WSOP bracelet in in no-limit ace-to-five draw.

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This new owner would become a major name in poker throughout the s and s. Troy passed away several years ago, and Cory looks back fondly on the club and characters who played there. The first structure was originally built on the property by Beulah Marshall in the early s as a fine dining establishment for wealthy patrons, offering dinner and afternoon tea in its lovely tea garden which offered a fantastic view from its 1, foot high vantage point.

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The property had an excellent business location with easy access to the rich who could drive from either Fort Worth or Dallas on the Bankhead Highway. It met its demise in the lates after a raid by the storied Texas Rangers lawmen.

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We felt like it was the last day of our lives. Dallas' Greenville Avenue is bustling on a June afternoon as busy afternoon traffic flows along the street. They visited the club three times in May on fact-finding missions.

The historic Hotel Galvez, which is still in operation and where Sam lived for a time in the penthouse suite, was a symbol of luxury on the coast of the Lone Star State.

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The action is in full swing and everyone's having a good time. With no real written history, why the club shut its doors is unknown.

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The club attracted some of the biggest names in entertainment and became one of the most popular destinations in the country. I have tried to find as many relevant facts as possible about the club and to be as accurate as possible.

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