Black Market Bets: The Mob and Illegal Gambling in America

Black Market Bets: The Mob and Illegal Gambling in America

Date: November 3, 2018
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free for Members or with Museum admission

Las Vegas is a strictly controlled and monitored gambling mecca with casinos playing by the rules. However, illegal wagering is still a multimillion-dollar business, especially online, and organized crime is heavily involved. Illegal gambling is fraught with cheated customers and unpaid taxes, not to mention that its earnings often fund other criminal enterprises. Organized crime expert Jay Albanese says the Mob is still active in illegal gambling rackets, and federal law enforcement is struggling to keep up.

The Mob Museum is hosting a program giving participants an intimate opportunity to learn from Albanese, a renowned expert on organized crime and illegal gambling. Educate yourself on what is happening in the ever-changing gambling landscape outside Nevada.

Free for Museum Member or with Museum admission.

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Featured Speakers

Jay Albanese  

Jay Albanese


Jay Albanese is a professor and criminologist in the Wilder School of Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and served as Chief of the International Center at the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was the first Ph.D. graduate from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. Albanese has made invited presentations in 20 countries, and written and edited 17 books. He is recipient of the Elske Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award and Outstanding Teacher Award from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Scholar Award in Criminal Justice from the Virginia Social Science Association, and the Gerhard Mueller Award for outstanding contributions to international criminal justice. He is a past president and fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and is currently a member of the Executive Board of the American Society of Criminology. He is a founding member of Criminologists Without Borders.