According to Deadline, Tate’s TateMen Entertainment and Fisburne’s Cinema Gypsy Productions will present Policy Kings, a 10-episode audio drama that follows Chicago’s “policy” numbers games of the 1940s and the top players. The audio series will also highlight the African-American community of Bronzeville.
Policy racket or the numbers game is an illegal method of the lottery that is often played in poor African-American neighborhoods. Normally, it follows the idea of amounts (or handles) racetrack bettors would place on a race day. Players would follow racing journals or newspapers, and meet private areas to take part in the game.
It was later taken over by the Italian mafia, but the game has continued despite the low ratio for wins. Ironically, the idea of gambling was prohibited in the 1800’s but legal notions like state lotteries reinstated after New Hampshire (a tax-exempt state) pushed it in 1964. Other states caught on and rose winnings to gain popularity, hence Powerball games and those pesky office lottery pools.
The audio series will be released to the masses this fall.