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"No investigative reporter has a shrewder grasp of Louisiana politics than Tyler Bridges. Bad Bet on the Bayou is a riveting saga of political corruption run amok when it interfaces with the shadowy world of casino gambling. With journalistic exactitude Bridges traces the doomed fate of Governor Edwin Edwards as he overreached for a cut of the high-stakes action in a state that operates like a Banana Republic. This is a deviating study aimed at exposing the dark underbelly of the American Dream."

Douglas Brinkley, Director of the Eisenhower Center and Professor of
History at the University of New Orleans

NCALG Executive Director Tom Grey, author Tyler Bridges and
Mark Andrews, Chairman of CasiNO Watch

TYLER BRIDGES is a reporter for The Miami Herald, where he was part of a team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He covered the 1990s legalization of gambling in Louisiana as a reporter for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and has won numerous awards for his work. He is the author of the The Rise of David Duke.

BATON ROUGE, La. Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $250,000 Monday for racketeering and extortion. Sentenced with Edwards were his son Stephen, 7 years and $60,000; former aide Andrew Martin, 5 years-8 months and $50,000; long-time friend Cecil Brown, 5 years-6 months and $50,000; and long-time Edwards crony Bobby Johnson, 5 years-4 months and $50,000. The colorful former four-term governor was convicted in May of extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen applying for riverboat casino licenses during and after his final term in office.
January 8, 2001 Fox News.com

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Players International, accused of paying extortion money to get a casino license, agreed Wednesday to get out of the Louisiana gambling business and pay a U.S. record gambling industry fine of $10.2 million. Federal prosecutors claim Players executives funneled money to former Gov. Edwin Edwards and his son, Stephen, through consultant Ricky Shetler, to get a license and protection during Edwards' last term from 1992 to 1996.
Las Vegas Sun/ December 2, 1999