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Benny Binion

Benny BinionAKA Lester Ben Binion

Born: 20-Nov-1904
Birthplace: Grayson County, TX
Died: 25-Dec-1989
Location of death: Las Vegas, NV
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Bunkers Eden Vale Cemetery, Las Vegas, NV

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder, World Series of Poker

Opened Binion's Horseshoe in 1951. He sold his share of this casino several years later to pay for legal expenses due to tax evasion, but the Binion family reacquired ownership in 1964. It was later lost in 2004 after another problem with tax evasion. Binion founded the World Series of Poker in 1970, a brand now owned by Harrah's Entertainment.

Wife: Teddy Jane (two sons, three daughters)
Son: Jack
Son: Ted Binion (casino operator, b. 28-Nov-1943, d. 17-Sep-1998 murder)
Daughter: Barbara (d. 1977 suicide)
Daughter: Brenda
Daughter: Becky Binion Behnen

    Poker Hall of Fame 1990
    Gaming Hall of Fame 1990
    Murder 1931 of Frank Bolding (convicted, 2-1/2 year suspended sentence)
    Tax Evasion Incarcerated (1953-57)
    Inmate: Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary



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