New York City became ground zero for the slot machine racket in America, and although many racketeers of all ethnicities and Italian mafiosi alike would profit from slot machines, the biggest and most important mafioso of all had to be Francesco (Frank Costello) Castiglia, the longtime “consigliere” and later “acting boss” of the most important Mafia Family in the nation, the Luciano Family.
One of the easiest and most profitable “semi-legitimate” businesses the mob ever developed was the coin-machine industry. Starting right after the repeal of the alcohol Prohibition in 1931, racketeers of all stripes started looking for other revenue streams now that bootlegging liquor was a thing of the past.
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