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Gangster’s death prompts consideration of removal from Nevada’s ‘Black Book’


Steve Marcus

A Black Book, a State Gaming Control Board list of people that should be excluded from Nevada casinos, is displayed at the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. At right is a page on Tony “The Ant” Spilotro.

CARSON CITY – Louis Tom Dragna, one of the original 11 people included in Nevada’s “Black Book” in June 1960, has died and his name is now being removed from the list of those banned from casinos in the state.

The “Black Book” said Dragna was considered to be a boss of the Los Angeles organized crime family and had an arrest record dating to 1946.

He died Nov. 16, 2012, in Los Angeles, at age 92.

The “Black Book” was created in 1960 to keep organized crime figures out of Nevada’s casinos. There are 33 people, including Dragna, listed in the “Black Book,” which is officially known as the Gaming Control Board’s “Excluded Person List.”

The state Gaming Commission meets Thursday and will consider the removal of Dragna’s name from the list.

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