Gambler parts covoluted


Abe Attell proposes to Arnold Rothstein about the fix, Arnold brushes him off he's uninterested, Abe tells Burns and Maharg Rothstein will go with it, Sullivan convinces Rothstein to go with it, Monk is a third party telling Sullivan Rothstein in in and throws him money, Rothstein makes sure about the mistake by Ciccotte the first game the fix is in, then until near the end, they disappear. Can anybody clear this up?

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You arent far off. Its was as clear as mud. The movie actually SIMPLIFIED the process for the viewers.

You have a group of gamblers Attell, Bill Burns, and Maharg who tried to fix it. But they werent very good at it, stiffed the players and ran out of money. Rothstein suspected they were morons who had a great idea but he knew they wouldnt execute. He quietly put his money down and then stepped in more later after the gamblers got stiffed.

To further complicate matters, some of the gamblers used aliases. Maharg is Graham spelled backwards. Billy Graham was a mediocre boxer from New York. There was another guy who used a fake name- the name of another gangster who was in NY at the time. All this is done to confuse law enforcement and anybody else who didnt belong in the process.

Yes its confusing as hell and some of my details are probably off a tad but thats how it was.

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I'm just wondering how Rothstein, Sullivan, and Attell profited from it. I know Burns and Maharg put up 10,000 for game 3 loss and it didn't happen. Rothstein put up $80,000 for the fix, some of the players got money, and part of the money was betted elsewhere by Sullivan

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Let me clarify what you are asking.

Are you asking how did Rothstein et al make money of the scheme given the overhead?

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Yes! He and Sullivan

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The $80k number has been questioned in the past. Some people think it wasnt nearly that high. In short, even if that $80k number is accurate, he would definitely make money off of it. If you know the outcome and have at least 4 games to work with (which he did- the reds won the series 5-3) you can bet big on the fixed games (which he did) and come out way ahead. Some people think he may have bet as high as $100k per game or even higher by spreading money around to a large number of bookies.

In short, Rothstein was good in securing the fix and bet accordingly. I dont know what Sullivan did but it can be safely assumed that he did something similar but with lesser amounts.

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Many thanks for helping clear it up. Forgot about the bookkeepers.

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