The True Story of Benny Binion 'Cowboy, Gangster, Killer' Being Adapted for TV
Benny Binion, the infamous gangster cowboy who created the World Series of Poker tournament, is now getting his story told in the form of a scripted series. The show will be based on the biography Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion. Blood Aces had been set for a film adaptation in 2015, but that fell through, so we are now looking at a series.
The 2015 book “tells the true story of Binion, who emerged as a founding father of modern Las Vegas. He was a racketeer, a family man, a killer, a philanthropist, a friend to the downtrodden and an enemy to be feared. His rise to power, and his ability to stay there, is unmatched in the American underworld. Though he could barely read or write, Binion used native intelligence, personal charm and innate ruthlessness to build a gambling kingdom. After a bloody criminal career in Depression-era Dallas, he left Texas one step ahead of the sheriff. With a million dollars in cash and a couple of machine guns in the trunk of his Cadillac, Binion headed for Vegas.”
This sounds like it will be a wild ride! Are you excited for this series? Who would you like to see play Benny Binion?