London, Oct 7: American Mobster John Gotti's addiction to playing games of skill and chance with huge sums of real money has been revealed in a new book.
According to 'Sinatra Club', which has been written by former Gambino family boss Sal Polisi, made his henchmen pay a 2,000-pound "buy-in" fee to play Monopoly with him and also insisted fellow mobsters bet 400 pounds a time if they challenged one of his words in Scrabble.
"He also loved chess and said all gangsters should play it because it makes you think like a boss," the Daily Star quoted Polisi as writing in the book.
"Even though John loved playing cards and going to casinos he was a lousy player and hardly ever came out ahead. He rarely even picked a winner at the race track," Polisi wrote.
Polisi, also known as Crazy Sal in his mob days, disclosed that Gotti played marathon sessions of Monopoly and Scrabble with mobsters that only ended when he had won piles of their cash.
The former mafia associate also admitted that Gotti, who died in 2002 aged 61 while serving life in prison, admired chess champ Bobby Fischer, who he described as "the Al Capone of chess". (ANI)