Episode 1 – Jan 4, 2019: Robert Asiel – Casino Crossroader
Robert Asiel left his home in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1962 as a sixteen-year-old seeking adventure and a new life. He boarded a Greyhound bus for Las Vegas where he worked as a pool attendant for several months then moved into the fast lane as a 21 dealer using a fake ID. He soon became a successful crossroader beating casinos until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After a tour in Vietnam, he returned to a long crossroading career. Robert was featured on Fox Network’s America’s Most Wanted for failing to appear in federal court for a mob-connected scam he was alleged to have masterminded. The show’s host John Walsh said, “Look for him in casinos and on cruise ships,” while all the while he worked under their noses for four years until he surrendered to the U.S. Marshals Service. Robert began writing his memoirs while a fugitive in Europe waiting for his attorney and a federal prosecutor to reach a deal that was acceptable to him. His book, The Unexpected Gambler: A History of Casinos the Public and One Gambler’s Revenge came out in April 2018.