Word about Dallas’ “wide open zone” reached the ears of one Lester Ben “Benny” Binion, a thirty-two year old gambler with a notable past history. Benny would soon become the King in the Zone.
Born in Grayson County, Texas in 1904, Binion was the son of a horse trader and he spent his sickly youth traveling with his father. His schoolhouse was the campgrounds where horse traders gathered to awat market days. The subjects he studied were how to judge the age of a horse by looking at his teeth and gambling with cards and dice. He earned an “A Plus” in both courses. He nevere darkened the door of a church or a real schoolhouse.
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