Tampa, Florida Italian and Cuban Mafia Gambling and Political Corruption
by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr
Salvatore Red Italiano headed a Italian mafia outfit that centered around Bolita, a Cuban lottery game played with 100 balls. It became a lucrative racket for Tampa organized crime. Italiano's men worked with a corrupt Hillsborough County sheriff who enriched himself and distributed the large profits among city, county and state agents. The crisis was exposed in 1951 by a U.S. Senate inquiry.