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VIDEO VAULT: Tony 'The Hat' Cornero and The Stardust

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VIDEO VAULT: Tony 'The Hat' Cornero and The Stardust

VIDEO VAULT: Tony 'The Hat' Cornero and The Stardust

Anthony Cornero Stralla (a.k.a.

"The Admiral" and "Tony the Hat") was already adept at catering to people's vices by the time the 1930s rolled around.


VIDEO VAULT: Tony 'The Hat' Cornero and The Stardust

Week's edition of the video vault.

>> tom: last months we talked about the valley's first carpet joint.

The meadows in 1931, you can signed is in the video vault section of

It was run by frank and louis cornero, with backing by their brother who is the one we are talking about today.

Anthony cornero, also known as the admiral and tony the hat was already adept at catering to people's valleys and i.e.s by the time the 1930's rolled around.

>> cornero who had a lot of experience in los angeles, was going to bring some of that trade up here, but he didn't stay for long, because he ended up going back to l.a.

And resuming his boot legging.

>> tom: and operating gambling boats off the cools of l.a., according to unlv gaming director, david schwartz.

>> one of cornero' ships was the s.s.


>> tom: but the governor of california shut the gambling ships down, which is when cornero returned to las vegas.

>> when he came to land, named it after his boat, so people would make no mistake this was tony cornero's place.

>> the rex operated for a number of years.

>> tom: the mob museum's jeff schumacher says the rex is in a building still familiar today.

>> which became the horseshoe.

>> tom: cornero was not a member of any organized crime family but he survived an attempted mob hit and he knew people.

>> i don't think you get to run gambling boats in southern california without having some kind of connection and he also had a pass from the boot eggers, so he would be part of that conversation.

>> in the early 1950's, cornero began development on a new type of las vegas property.

>> the stardust concept to appeal to middle income gamblers and to offer rooms, very cheaply, massive number of rooms, that became the model really more for most of the resorts built in vegas there after.

>> but cornero never saw his stardust open.

>> he was shooting craps at the desert inn, had a heart attack and died.

>> tom: it was eventually the height of organized crime's power here and the centerpiece of its fall.

We've covered parts of that in previous stories and we'll get to the rest in future stories, kim and dana.

>> dana:

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