Back in the Twentieth Century, there was what is called a ‘golden age’ of big American mobsters like Al Capone. This was the same period that gave birth to modern casino gambling. Those two forces (mobsters and casinos) were closely related, of course.
The question is, Are there active connections between that history and contemporary online casino entertainment?
History and Now
Modern casinos, the likes of which appeared in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, first caught on in the USA but went global on the heels of the much-loved ‘Vegas’ image and brand.
Vegas probably has been more celebrated or otherwise featured in pop culture (especially American films) than the great gambling citadels of Monte Carlo or other European hot spots. Today, some Continental online casinos even borrow that conveniently effective ‘Vegas’ branding when useful.
For that reason — and because of the rest of this well-known cultural history — we could claim the broadest sort of link between golden age of land-based casinos and the current golden age of online and mobile casinos across the UK and the EU.
Legalisation of online gambling (at least limited access to it, such as Web-based Poker) is also catching on in many of the United States and other formerly anti-gambling places, mostly for fiscal objectives.
What People Think
There have been at least a few waves of thinking or perception about casinos since Bugsy dreamt up his adult playground in the middle of a Nevada desert. At first, casinos and gangsters were absolutely fused in popular or common knowledge. That link was plain for everyone to see.
But the whole situation was so new that, evidently, the mafia was allowed to grow deep roots in the industry before being detected and weeded out. (Many would not believe that the mafia was every eliminated from land-based casinos.)
In more recent years, we saw the star-players and co-owners of two big online casinos, PokerStars and Full Tilt, embezzle from company tills and bring down their businesses in scandal. Otherwise, where do we see big-scale crime these days, and is the mafia ever clearly involved?
It appears the mobsters have become invisible, and probably because they’re so sophisticated and skilled at playing on the fringes of the rules (and anyway, they’re presumably pursuing lucrative e-crimes now). Meanwhile, other types of criminals have emerged in the 21st Century.
Few mobsters could have imagined what traders at the biggest Western banks have managed to accomplish (steal). The golden age mobsters and these berserk bankers shared a certain disregard for rules and nonchalance towards the applicable laws.
The Current Situation
Today, for your peace of mind, most online gambling is operated as far as we know by the game studios creating the titles. They license these game titles, and their underlying financial machinery, in nonexclusive contracts with casino websites. Some sites host more than one system. Both parties must be certified and authorized by a certain pro-gambling locale, such as the Channel Islands, Malta or Gibraltar.
The banking and winnings are handled by the gaming-system networks, which have been created by big firms like Microgaming, Playtech and IGT. We suppose that those companies’ boardrooms or back-records would be the best places to look for goons. We have not heard of any lurking there.