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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Women in Gaming: A Challenging Proposition

Wanna know more about the ever-changing gambling world from 3 of the industry's top experts? Check out the "once-in-a-lifetime" event featured below. If you happen to be in La Vegas on February 19, you won't want to miss "Courtroom Conversations of Women in Gaming."
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Patricia Becker, Jan Jones Blackhurst, and Elaine Wynn, three of the most significant and best-known women in the gaming industry, will provide a rare perspective on the challenges and successes faced by women in this important aspect of the Las Vegas economy as part of The Mob Museum’s third Courtroom Conversation set for Wednesday, February 19, in the Museum at 7 p.m. Seating for this once-in-a-lifetime event is extremely limited.

Patricia Becker: President of Patricia Becker & Associates, former Executive Director of UNLV International Gaming Institute, and the first and only woman to be appointed to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Jan Jones Blackhurst: currently serves as Executive VP of Communications and Government Relations for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, served as first female Mayor of Las Vegas serving two terms, and was the first woman to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award in Gaming Communications by the American Gaming Association.

Elaine Wynn: currently serves as Director of Wynn Resorts, is president of the Nevada State Board of Education, is a Trustee of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is a founding and current chairman of Communities in Schools of Nevada.

Seating for this once-in-a-lifetime event is extremely limited. The panel discussion will also be streamed live on the website. It will also be shown at the UNLV Student Union starting at 6:30 p.m., courtesy of the UNLV Womens’ Research Institute. (Tickets are free but you must reserve one of the 150 seats by calling 702-895-4931.)There is also an invitation-only event hosted at the Mob Bar for Global Gaming Women, a subgroup of the American Gaming Association.
VIP tickets are $250 and Preferred tickets are $125.
Both include a private reception prior to the event.
General admission tickets are $40.
Dessert and refreshments will be available following the event for all attendees.
To make reservations, please call (702) 229-2734.

Monday, January 20, 2014

New Book Chronicles the Gangland Mystery of Legendary Labor Leader Jimmy Hoffa’s Disappearance


At his zenith as a Teamsters union leader, Jimmy Hoffa was reputed to be more powerful than the President of the United States.  But on July 30, 1975, nearly 40 years ago, Hoffa vanished from the face of  the Earth, Today, his disappearance remains one of the most mysterious, fascinating and intriguing cold cases in crime history.

​Now in his book, Vanished: The Life and Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, William Hryb chronicles the story of one of Gangland's biggest mysteries. The author painstakingly takes the  reader behind the scenes of the man who dominated the American labor movement and made the Teamsters the most formidable labor union in America. Hoffa was alleged to have close ties with organized crime, becoming the target of sensational congressional hearings into labor racketeering, spearheaded by Robert Kennedy.  Hoffa and Kennedy were bitter enemies who engaged in a boiling turf battle, until the blood feud ended with Robert Kennedy's assassination in 1968.

​James Hoffa's story comes alive in this one-of-a-kind narrative, making William Hryb's book a must read for unsolved crime aficionados.

Based in Thunder Bay Canada, William Hryb is a contributing writer to various publications, including Canadian Sailings/Transportation & Trade Logistics, Bayview, Thunder Bay Experience, Cruise Ship North America, On the Level and the Ukrainian Weekly. He has also contributed to the anthology, Movers and Mavericks. Since January 2010, he has been the co-producer and co-host of Crime Beat, the popular weekly

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For interviews or to request copy of the book e-mail: or phone: 803-366-5440