"He has a knack for knowing where the money is," says Annabelle Stanford, a friend and former Republican Party events chairwoman in Las Vegas, where Galardi started his T&A enterprise. "He's very savvy."

A native of Trinidad, Colorado, who served in the Korean War as a Navy submariner, Galardi had his first brush with the law in 1971, when he was convicted in California of stealing bank money orders from two post offices. He and a friend had cooked up a scheme to send money orders to Vietnam, where they would command a high price on the black market, according to a 2004 Las Vegas Sun story.

After earning an early release six months into a five-year prison term, Galardi settled with his new wife and stepson Michael in Las Vegas, where he opened his first club in the mid-'70s. In 1981, Galardi took out a $50,000 loan to buy the topless bar the Crazy Horse Saloon. The purchase came shortly after police searching the desert found the severed head of Tony Albanese, a former Galardi business associate whom Las Vegas police suspected had mob ties. Cops concluded the murder wasn't connected to the Crazy Horse, and Galardi told the Sun that the mob left him alone.

Drake greets WorldStarHipHop founder Lee O'Denat, AKA Q, at King of Diamonds.
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Drake greets WorldStarHipHop founder Lee O'Denat, AKA Q, at King of Diamonds.

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The Crazy Horse thrived on the revitalized Las Vegas Strip, but Galardi kept an unusually low profile for a club kingpin. Stanford, who owned an embroidery business, first met him when he came in to get his bar's logo on T-shirts. She never suspected he was a strip club magnate.

"I didn't pay much attention to what he was doing until I asked him one day about what he did for a living," she says.

By the late '80s and early '90s, Galardi expanded into Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas. He also became a major donor to Nevada's Republican Party. Stanford could always count on him to provide kegs of beer and hard liquor for her fundraisers. Once, she was Galardi's date to a lunch featuring Senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Dole.

Yet Galardi's public successes were matched by seedy accusations.

In 1997, he was a judge for the Miss Nude World International pageant at his Atlanta club. One contestant, Vanessa Steele Inman, later alleged in a lawsuit that Galardi rigged the event so she'd lose, in retaliation for refusing to be auctioned off to a group of drunken golfers. She also balked at allowing him to lick whipped cream off her naked body.

She sued Galardi in Fulton County, and in 2000 a jury awarded her a $2.4 million judgment. On appeal, the award was later lowered to $3,500 — Steele's attorney fees. (Galardi's attorney in Atlanta, Aubrey Villines, and his lawyer in Miami, Howard Brodsky, declined to speak to New Times.)

Then, in 2003, Galardi's stepson and business partner Michael pleaded guilty in a federal public corruption probe. Michael was busted for bribing local cops and politicians to warn him of raids and to change local laws that prohibited physical contact between customers and dancers. Galardi vehemently denied any involvement in his stepson's crimes.

"I couldn't understand it because it was totally unnecessary what he did," Galardi told the Las Vegas Sun in 2004. His friend Stanford supports that claim. "Jack only gave to the party," she says. "He never gave money to individual politicians."

A year later, Galardi went further: He sued Michael, alleging his stepson embezzled $530,000 from their club Cheetah's. Galardi also had to pay a $1.1 million fine to the city for his stepson's criminal misdeeds. While Galardi fought to save his Vegas outpost, things weren't going smoothly in Florida either.

In Tampa, police raided and shut down his four strip clubs. The cops claimed his managers had repeatedly ignored warnings about prostitution in the champagne rooms. According to a search warrant, strippers offered undercover police officers sex for up to $200. Managers would also tell the DJ to use the code phrase "Will Smith is in the house" to let the dancers know when the vice cops were coming.

Galardi told the Sun he had no knowledge of what his stepson and managers in Tampa were up to. He explained he was not a hands-on businessman, preferring to let others deal with the day-to-day management: "I wasn't paying attention."

Despite the turmoil in Vegas and Tampa, Galardi survived and expanded. He'd been operating in Dade since 1992, when he opened Doral's Pink Pony. In 2002, he paid $3 million for a nearly five-acre site near Miami Gardens; five years later, he opened the cavernous Crazy Horse Saloon, named for his very first strip club.

The Crazy Horse was supposed to compete head-to-head with the then-brand-new Tootsie's Cabaret, another massive club near Miami Gardens Drive. Owned by the publicly traded Rick's Cabaret, Tootsie's boasts more than 75,000 square feet. The Crazy Horse couldn't compete. Less than 12 months later, Galardi scrapped it and reopened as Club 112, a regular nightclub catering to a hip-hop crowd.

That venue failed in mid-2008, but it sparked one of Galardi's best innovations yet: He decided to combine his strip club know-how with Miami's booming hip-hop culture.

At the time, the 305 was poised for a rap renaissance thanks to the rise of Rick Ross and the relocation of Cash Money and Young Money records from New Orleans. Galardi renovated his Miami Gardens space to include a tattoo parlor, a barbershop, a sex toy store, and a basketball half-court. He smartly hired Terry Elliott Sr. and Charles "Pop" Young — rapper Trick Daddy's father. Elliott and Young had been managing Diamonds, a hole-in-the-wall strip club in North Miami, where Disco Rick sometimes threw parties hosted by local NFL stars such as former Miami Hurricanes standout Willis McGahee.

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Ja'Mookus Shabazz
Ja'Mookus Shabazz

I love dude's leopard-skin cane! Got to get me one of those pimp sticks ASAP!

Rockkakashiboy
Rockkakashiboy

the owners, managers and people that goes to these clubs should at least support their kids before they just throw away money.most of the people that participate in these activities are deadbeat fathers.. it's ashame how they will neglect their own kids and disrespect their baby mothers and lie about having no money. but then be at the strip club spending every dime they have when they avoid childsupport

Buckames5695
Buckames5695

I guess you have to be black to find the fat chicks hot.

Lucile
Lucile

my roomate's aunt makes $60/hour on the computer. She has been out of work for 5 months but last month her pay was $13291 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more on this site lazycash42.c()m

Lb13b
Lb13b

FANTASTIC ARTICLE THANKS! ! !

Christopher Anderson
Christopher Anderson

What I would love to know is how did Will Smith get to be code for five-o:)

Gunner
Gunner

That "stuff" looks like a grizzly bear with its' throat cut....

Davillus Hynzerelli
Davillus Hynzerelli

I'm glad the bro's have a place where they can smoke their chronic & throw bills at ho's.I just wonder why we have to read about it?? It should have been named the missing link or the jgabo junction.

Rioguy7
Rioguy7

The sad part is not the girls dancing. The sad part is that American males are so conditioned and controlled by the carrot Of possible sex that they will throw millions at a woman in a bikini to validate themselves. Its like a bunch of morons at an auction bidding on a turd. One guy bids a hundred and the other guy's ego won't let him be out bid so he bids two hundred. The real players are the guys banging these chicks for little to no money. These other guys are just followers who waste money at kod because they see Wayne doing it.

ADVISOR
ADVISOR

If these women were smart they would stash that money, and when it's all said and done they should be sitting on millions. But no REAL WOMAN would ever lower her standards to this type foolishness.

ADVISOR
ADVISOR

It's very sad that these young girls would low-rate themselves that's all these guys see a hoochie mamma they will never marry them. Frankly I say go and work hard, set your standards high and you will get a good man that will take care of you. I refuse to lower my standards for a few dollars. What these women are failing to realize they are going to get old, and stripping does not draw a pension, 401k plan, nor retirement most of them are running to get the C-230 Mercedes Benz and designer pocket books, they are not saving that money. What idiots. Thank God for Class, Morals and Dignity!!

Steve Cody
Steve Cody

Frank, you get all the toughest writing assignments. :P

Franklin
Franklin

I am not a racist, but I do harbor some resentment of black guys who seem to want all women for themselves. When I was young and in college, I had black girlfriends and was beaten up rather badly on two occasions by gangs of black men who claimed to be protecting their womenfolk from exploitation by white men. You are never fighting just one guy, but all his homies at the same time. Blacks can go to any strip club and drop all kinds of cash on white women; Hispanic women; Asian women and no one can say anything. What would happen however, if a white guy entered this King of Diamonds club and focused his attention on one or two naked black babes? He might not make it out alive. That is what I would call unfair.

Jarjar
Jarjar

he made the Bad Boyz movies with Martin Lawrence where they both played Miami Cops.

Ron
Ron

Why don't you go to KOD and suggest the name change? Oh I know why - Because you're another pathetic loser who gets cheap thrills from writing things on the internet he wouldn't dare say face-to-face. Enjoy the rest of your sad life.

ADVISOR
ADVISOR

Amen now ya talking these whores aren't getting paid. Look at the picture Lil Wayne is worth millions and he's throwing dollar bills just what these whore are worth. Dollar Bill whores.

chris n
chris n

Advisor is an a fattie that no one would pay to see naked. The REAL women I know that strip feel empowered by men throwing money at them. Clearly, you will never know what that feels like. So, you marginalize them by saying they have low standards. Just an FYI, the porn biz is a BILLION dollar industry but, I bet you hate that also. Someone please look this chick up and knock the dust off her pussy.

chris n
chris n

Myself, my girl and my friend all went to the Blue Flame outside Atlanta and left with three Black girls. We were the only Whites there, purchased rounds, had rounds purchased and had a ball. Been to plenty of "Black" bars without any trouble. The only color the strippers care about is green and all the guys are hoping to pull some ass. Ive dated more Blacks and latinas then White girls and no one is beating me up. So, your either full of crap or did something stupid.

KMAN
KMAN

Thats not true, Im white and I would roll up in there no problem. You act like an idiot ,you get treated like one. Go in there scared and acting stupid your an idiot. Walk up in there, mind your business and do your thang. No one will bother you.

Davillus Hynzerelli
Davillus Hynzerelli

I'm in S FLA u want to meet me some where I'll say some thing to your face & then I'll kn0ck your punk 4ss out. It was a joke, Chris Rock can say what ever he wants about whitey & biaaaatches like u would hoot & holler but if I say some thing your panties are in a bunch. Unlike your anonymous silhouette there's my name & pic. Get a clue m4ggot.

ADVISOR
ADVISOR

Because porn is a billion dollar business makes it ok, the richest woman in the world is Oprah Winfrey, you don't see her shaking her butt to get bucks, it's clear that you are clueless, a REAL WOMAN does not have to be validated by men throwing money at her, that's a slut, a whore, a woman with no morals and no values and certainly low self-esteem. Your mother must be on a pole you're taking such an offense. Beyonce shakes her butt but she gets paid, and has a rich man taking care of her so do your homework you idiot. Put your 5 year old daughter out there and let her strip.

Davillus Hynzerelli
Davillus Hynzerelli

Again, Any time, any where,pathetic punk.You're right I do get a cheap thrill from making smart 4ss comments just like any other comic. U really are making something out of nothing?? It was a joke kinda like u & your long convoluted diatribe. By the way just like u, New Times sent the article to my e-mail I opened it & made a dopey bigoted comment which it looks like a few folks thought was funny. No sense of accomplishment taken jack4ss(where do u come up w/ this garbage?) As for my death bed I'll be thinking about all the kick 4ss times I've had in my life growing up outside of DC & in S FLA. I won't be giving a second thought to internet commenting tomfoolery, u or the mulignans who are smokin their dope & smoozin the ho's at the titty bar.By the way it has nothing to do w/ being cowardly going there & making a racist comment it would be idiotic unless I had my thirty-aught-six w/ me & was ready to go to jail for a long time. It's funny u were so concerned u doubled back & when u were disappointed I hadn't responded u added a P.S. Hmmmm, speaking of internet trolling???U also claim u don't give a second thought to racial issues but I see u want Zimm fried even though it still isn't clear if he killed dude in cold blood or if the thug attacked him, which is called assault,so I guess we know who your voting for .Since your such a paragon of virtue judge my bad behavior all u want I don't care & piss off before I give u a bitch slap.

Ron8888
Ron8888

Davillus I think you have me confused with someone else. I never even said what race I am. I could care less about what Chris Rock has to say about "whitey" just like I could care less about what you have to say about "the blacks". I just think it's extremely pathetic for a 43-year old man to have such a loser life that his only sense of accomplishment comes from being a cowardly internet troll. I know just as well as you do that you don't have the heart to walk into KOD or anywhere else for that matter and say what you typed face-to-face so just STFU.

Unlike people such as yourself, I don't feel the need to define myself by a race that I didn't even choose. I am an individual and my sense of pride comes from what I have accomplished on my own terms. People like yourself who have pride in things they took no part in, such as race, are truly sad to me.

At the end of the day, regardless of race, you face an inevitable death like everyone else. You're not special. You're just another anonymous idiot who's going to be on your deathbed, looking back on life and wishing you could get back the time you wasted worrying about the actions of a group of people who could care less about what's going on in your own life. Believe me I have seen plenty of people like you go through this and although it may be heartbreaking, it doesn't stop the eventual flatline. Then it's over forever.

The people who you have such an issue with are enjoying life without care or concern about what you feel about it and will continue to long after you're nothing more than a skeleton in a box. And with that I again say enjoy the rest of your sad life and I'm done with this silly internet argument.

A shepherd among sheep
A shepherd among sheep

You pretty much proved the point about being a coward who gets cheap thrills from writing things on the internet. I bet your little peen got rock hard while you were angrily typing that response. Hilarious.

Bebep
Bebep

Now THAT'S rage.

ADVISOR
ADVISOR

It's not rage it's a fact. You choose to respond, you're forgetting this is a free country. If you like trash, that you Trash + Trash = Trash. Don't hate on Oprah she's rolling in the dough, it's not being throwed at her either. Like Khandi from the Housewives of the ATL she has fame & fortune and she's earned it. Keep going to see those dollar whores.You are what you feed your wasteless empty mind.

Bebep
Bebep

Oprah isn't even in the Top 20 of the richest women in the world, I'll quote you here "it's clear that you are clueless".

A real woman is allowed to do whatever she wants. You choose to rage on an internet comments section, more power to you.

 
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