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Available for questioning by the Kefauver Senate Crime investigating committee in Los Angeles, Calif. Feb. 28, 1951 are Moe Dalitz, left, head of a Cleveland, Cincinnati and Kentucky gambling syndicate and Sam Tucker, northern Kentucky gambler and associate of Dalitz.

Available for questioning by the Kefauver Senate Crime investigating committee in Los Angeles, Calif. Feb. 28, 1951 are Moe Dalitz, left, head of a Cleveland, Cincinnati and Kentucky gambling syndicate and Sam Tucker, northern Kentucky gambler and associate of Dalitz.

Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel had been at the helm of the Flamingo for only six months in June 1947 when he was killed in a hail of gunfire at his girlfriend’s Beverly Hills, Calif., home.

But his vision for the Flamingo, the first resort-style hotel on the Strip, was the beginning of a 50-year relationship between Las Vegas and traditional organized crime that helped define “Sin City”and turn it into one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

read rest by Jeff German, Las Vegas Review Journal