Las Vegas Goes Straight


As the casino industry grew and law enforcement scrutiny intensified, the Mob found it increasingly difficult to operate in Las Vegas. Running big resorts required skills and capital on a scale the Mob could no longer provide. In the late 1960s, Howard Hughes bought several formerly Mob-infested casinos, and mainstream companies took notice. Nevada lawmakers changed casino ownership rules to encourage corporate investment. A new generation of gaming entrepreneurs, led by Kirk Kerkorian, Steve Wynn and Bill Bennett, changed the face of Las Vegas.