I was raised in Lakewood/Cleveland Ohio when I was 6 we moved to Northern Kentucky. My Grandfather was part of the Jewish Mob in Cleveland. He was Irish and in the Jewish under world. The family lore is. Bugsy Segal wanted him to go into the desert and open a club with him. In other words, a gambling joint. My Grandfather told Bugsy he was out of his mind, he was not going to go out in the middle of the desert and open anything, His name was Thomas Ward he stayed in Cleveland. Bugsy went to Las Vegas and eventually opened The Stardust. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stardust_Resort_and_Casino with Moe Dalitz.
My Father Bob Ward was grandfathered in to this group. When we moved to Kentucky in 1954 he worked for the Yorkshire Restaurant /Club in Newport, KY. http://www.bugsysiegel.net/yorkshire.html. It was many years later hat I grew to understand what the “back room” was. People from all over were coming to Newport to gamble in the back room. Such as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra. It was referred to as Sin City.