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Mobbed Up: The Fight for Las Vegas

26 EpisodesProduced by Las Vegas Review-Journal | The Mob MuseumWebsite

Mobbed Up chronicles the rise and fall of organized crime in Las Vegas through the eyes of those who lived it: ex-mobsters, law enforcement officials, politicians and journalists. From back alleys to bank vaults, dimly lit basements to the neon glow of the Las Vegas Strip, the Review-Journal's Reed … read more

26 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Bonus: Season 2 Epilogue

September 15th, 2021


Longtime gaming executive and consultant Ed Nigro was in the middle of the battle between Wayne Newton and Johnny Carson to buy the Aladdin Hotel …

Bonus: Stories from the Steer

August 17th, 2021


A bonus episode for Season 2 of Mobbed Up. Jeff German, Review-Journal investigative reporter and host for Season 2, interviews longtime Golden Steer …

Aladdin‘s curse | S2E8

August 2nd, 2021


On the evening of April 27, 1998, there was an almost festive atmosphere on the Las Vegas Strip. Television news helicopters were hovering and an estimated 20,000 onlookers gathered on the streets. At 7:30 p.m. the …

A judge falls from grace | S2E7

July 26th, 2021


Federal judge Harry Claiborne frustrated federal prosecutors hunting the mob in Las Vegas - he was not afraid to block efforts if he thought they …

Wayne Newton’s ‘nightmare’ | S2E6

July 19th, 2021


It’s a moment of jubilation for Wayne Newton in September 1980 as he appears before the Nevada Gaming Commission. He has just been approved as the new co-owner of the Aladdin. But he and his attorney are confronted by …

Threats, Bombs and Stings | S2E5

July 12th, 2021


Armed with a mass of FBI wiretap transcripts, newly sworn-in Nevada governor Robert List was embarking on one of the most critical tasks in the history of the state - breaking the mob’s grip on the world-famous Las …

Wayne Newton vs. Johnny Carson | S2E4

July 5th, 2021


Wayne Newton and Johnny Carson, two of the biggest stars in the entertainment world, both set their sights on buying the Aladdin after regulators …

BONUS: Introducing Mafia

June 30th, 2021


Mafia is an Audioboom Original that delves into the criminal underworld, exploring the lives and careers of America’s most infamous gangsters. This season will cover mafiosos from around the US; including LA’s Aladena …

‘Close the Place Down‘ | S2E3

June 28th, 2021


The Nevada Gaming Commission voted unanimously to close the Aladdin’s mob-controlled gaming floor in August 1979, but colorful federal judge Harry …

Introducing Mobbed Up: The Fight for Las Vegas. Season 2

June 14th, 2021


Season 2 of “Mobbed Up: The Fight for Las Vegas,” an eight-part, true-crime series, takes you to the late 1970s and early 1980s, an unforgettable era in the battle against organized crime in Las Vegas. Mafia families …

BONUS: Mobbed Up (Almost) Live

August 7th, 2020


This week, Mobbed Up host Reed Redmond and Mob Museum VP of Exhibits of Programs Geoff Schumacher hosted 'Mobbed Up Live,' which aired on the Las Vegas Review-Journal website and Facebook page. The livestream included …

Implosion | S1E11

July 28th, 2020


"I'm probably the only guy standing right now." 

Decades after it was at the center of a federal racketeering case, the aging Stardust hotel-casino is imploded to make way for a new resort project. Meanwhile, Frank …

BONUS: Stories from the Steer

July 23rd, 2020


"They didn't care if you were a mobster or a corporate executive or a politician or a federal agent." 

When Frank Cullotta arrived in Las Vegas in …

Family Secrets | S1E10

July 21st, 2020


“He always said if you pull a gun on somebody, you finish it.” 

Tony Spilotro goes missing in June of 1986, last seen driving away from his …

Dirty Laundry | S1E9

July 14th, 2020


"You never become a rat."

Following their arrests for attempted robbery of a home furnishings store in Las Vegas, Frank Cullotta and five other …

Strawman | S1E8

July 7th, 2020


"Las Vegas was the last thing on our mind."

In the spring of 1978, the FBI’s Organized Crime Squad in Kansas City placed microphones in a restaurant, hoping to pick up information about local mob activity. Instead, …

Hole in the Wall | S1E7

June 30th, 2020


“This was the end of organized crime in Las Vegas.”

In 1978, mob-connected thief Frank Cullotta moves from Chicago to Las Vegas to work alongside …

Cleanface | S1E6

June 23rd, 2020


"Now I’m getting this directly from, you know, Cleanface. You follow me?"

In 1977, future Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was appointed chairman …

The Argent Empire | S1E5

June 16th, 2020


"You don’t buy Mr. Spilotro drinks. He buys you drinks." In 1971, Tony Spilotro moves from Chicago to Las Vegas to look after the mob's interests, alongside a longtime oddsmaker named Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. A few …

Open City | S1E4

June 9th, 2020


“The mob had been, of course, heavily integrated in the casino industry here from day one.”

To understand the city of Las Vegas as it existed in the 1970s, we have to back up to Dec. 26, 1946: opening night at the …

Claim to Fame | S1E3

June 2nd, 2020


"It supersedes family." 

Tony Spilotro always dreamed of becoming a ‘made’ man—a full-fledged member of the Chicago Outfit—according to his …

The Family Business | S1E2

May 26th, 2020


"And I said, 'What's your name?' And he says, 'Tony Spilotro.'" 

As a kid, Frank Cullotta’s first job was stealing. His second job was shining shoes …

Our Religion | S1E1

May 26th, 2020


“You never become a rat. That’s against our religion, let’s say.”  Thursday, October 11, 1979. Around 4:30 a.m., a woman returns to her home in Las …

Introducing Mobbed Up

May 5th, 2020


'Mobbed Up' chronicles the rise and fall of organized crime in Las Vegas through the eyes of those who lived it: ex-mobsters, law enforcement …

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