A new television show based on former Clark County Sheriff Ralph Lamb debuts Tuesday night on CBS. "Vegas" looks at the battle between organized crime and law enforcement in the 1960s and 1970s.
Lamb was the real-life sheriff at the time and went up against the mob and the Hell's Angels on the streets of Las Vegas.
In an interview with 8 News NOW anchor Paula Francis, Lamb recounts the toughest scrape he ever experienced.
"At the Sands Hotel, I guess," he said. "I was in the Sands alone and there were… they had a big craps game going on there. Some of the biggest guys in the country were shooting craps, and one guy was keeping score on a piece of paper. He'd bet him $50,000, I'll bet you 100. I didn't have any help and no help down there, but the office and the fight broke out. I got a guy named Joe Bernstein, who you know. I drug him kinda' over to the cage and was trying to reach for the phone in there. He was a big bruiser from San Francisco, a big strike breaker, you know. He went to whippin' on me while I had the phone in one hand, and I hit him with the telephone and knocked him down. But, it got pretty hairy there before I got any help."
Lamb says he's amazed he's still alive.
"I've been very lucky... had some close calls, and I've just been blessed with being lucky and knowing what I was doing and watching out for things," he said.
Station Casinos is holding a "Vegas" premiere party Tuesday night. 8 News NOW Chief Investigative Reporter George Knapp is attending to introduce his story on Ralph Lamb. In honor of the show, Governor Brian Sandoval proclaimed Sept. 25 as "Sheriff Ralph Lamb Day."
"Vegas" premieres Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Chicago Time on CBS.
Thanks to KLAS.