In 1931, Frank Costello quickly became one of the biggest earners for the Luciano family and began to carve his own niche in the underworld. He controlled the slot machine and bookmaking operations for the family.

Costello placed approximately 25,000 slot machines in bars, restaurants, cafes, drugstores, gas stations, and bus stops throughout New York.

In 1934, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia confiscated thousands of Costello’s slot machines and dumped them into the river.

Costello’s next move was to put slot machines throughout Louisiana for 10% of the take. Costello had the assistance of New Orleans mafioso Carlos “Little Man” Marcello. Costello brought in millions of dollars in profit from slot machines and bookmaking to the Luciano family.

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