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Doresa Banning

Author / Blogger / Copywriter / Copyeditor



Author / Blogger


These are the kinds of stories you’ll find in Doresa’s blog, It Really Happened!

Tuition-needing, California opera student, Susan Wallace, and her horse, Lucky, took their chances on roulette in the casinos of Reno, Nevada in 1950. It really happened!

London gangsters and twins, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, muscled their way into a gambling house in the early 1960s, only to abandon it a few years later. It really happened!

After decades of racketeering and underworld crime, Meyer Lansky, the accountant for American mobsters, tried to “retire” in Israel in 1972. It really happened!

In 1913 Warsaw, people believed that a segment of rope used in a hanging brought them gambling luck. It really happened!

The aftermath of gambling junkets from Japan to Las Vegas led to discord between the Land of the Rising Sun and the Silver State in the early ’70s. It really happened!

In ’46, ex-cons or Capone soldiers kidnapped Edward P. Jones, 25-year kingpin of a lucrative policy racket in Chicago, likely for a payout or control of his empire. It really happened!

Featuring 100-plus stories that highlight gambling and casinos of yesteryear (1800-2000), this blog is:


saloons, sidewalk games, card clubs, grind joints, luxury resorts…


celebrities, mobsters, owners, players, regulators, law enforcement officers…


murder, extortion, robbery, bombing, assault, you name it…


laws, regulations, courts, prisons…

The gambling history spans the globe, with an emphasis on Nevada and California.

It Really Happened!


Doresa is in the progress of getting her nonfiction book, A Bold Gamble at Lake Tahoe: Crime and Corruption in a Casino’s Evolution, published. It chronicles the rocky development, from concept to stability (1960-1975), of a hotel-casino on the shore of Big Blue — what today is the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino.

A Bold Gamble


Copywriting / Copyediting

Doresa writes various copy and content on diverse topics for publications and businesses. For her clients, she turns ideas into well-researched, polished pieces that are crafted specifically for the intended audience.

Although she specializes in wordsmithing material for company Web sites, she’ll entertain any prospective writing project.

Her services also include copyediting of small- to medium-sized projects, from individual articles to entire magazines/journals.

Clients include U.S. News & World Report,, Nevada Business, NEVADA, Nevada in the West, University of Nevada, Reno’s Latino Research Center, Edible Reno-Tahoe, Edible Monterey Bay, Affirm and U.S. Ordnance.


She’d love to hear from you. Feel free to connect with her via social media, e-mail, text or (gasp!) even the phone.

O: 775.825.0329
F: 775.825.0389
C: 775.232.1867