Buy a Texas gambling den that even Doyle Brunson wouldn’t touch
A former mob boss’s Texas gambling hideaway is up for sale
If you have an extra $11.95 million lying around, perhaps from some really deep runs at the poker tables, this is your chance to pick up a one-of-a-kind hideaway that will forever be on the map for hosting some of the most exclusive poker games in history. The Texas property is up for sale that has ties to Benny Binion, so it has strong connections to the poker world, but also has another unique feature. It used to be owned by mobsters.
Fincastle Estate was built by Ivy Miller, a Texas mobster known to run in some of the same circles as Binion, who also happens to be considered the last true Vegas gangster. He also ran the mob scene in Dallas in the 1940s before ditching the Lone Star State for the lights on Vegas, opening the Horseshoe casino in 1951.
Fincastle offers 1,369 acres of land that embraces a huge mansion spanning several thousand square feet. In Binion’s days, it was also home to a large number of mob-run high-stakes poker games. Living legend Doyle Brunson was around back then, but even he – with all his poker prowess – avoided the place. He says of Fincastle, “Dallas was the one town in Texas that I tried to avoid. It was dangerous because there were so many ‘bad guys’ that played and would actually force players to take actions to defend themselves. Ivy’s place was top of the list for those kinds of games.”
After Miller passed away, the property changed hands and was used for a while as a wildlife sanctuary and a private retreat. Given its size and its colorful background, the price actually seems relatively tame.