National Affairs: Bets Off

It was a bleak week for New York bookmakers:

¶ Gambler Harry Gross, 34, decided the jig was up. His old employees had spilled details of his $20 million-a-year bookmaking business (TIME, Oct. 9), were beginning to tell all about his tie-up with New York cops. (Semimonthly protection payments were so big "it took two men to carry the money.") In a Brooklyn court, dapper Harry Gross pleaded guilty to 66 counts of bookmaking and conspiracy for which he could be fined $33,500, thrown into jail for 68 years. Said one of Harry's boys...

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