|Birth: ||Jun. 12, 1929|
|Death: ||Oct. 13, 2008|
Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, immortalized in the motion picture "Casino" by Robert De Niro, died of a heart attack in his Florida home on October 13, 2008. Rosenthal was a successful bookmaker and gambler in Chicago and Florida. Following an arrest for attempting to bribe a college basketball player to fix a game, Rosenthal pled guilty, a decision that he would come to regret during his license hearings in Nevada. Following his Florida conviction, Rosenthal relocated to Nevada. Due to his connections with Chicago Organized Crime, he was put in charge of running the casino at the Stardust hotel, recently purchased (along with the Hacienda, Marina and Fremont hotels) by Argent Corporation. It was during this time that Rosenthal introduced the sports book to major casinos, laying the groundwork for all major casinos on the Las Vegas Strip to build their own race and sports books. The Stardust point spread became the defacto official "Line" for sports betters across the country.
Rosenthal's relationship with Chicago enforcer Anthony "the Ant" Spilotro is well documented, both in print and in film. Spilotro, portrayed by Joe Pesci in the Martin Scorcese film "Casino", was alleged to be involved in numerous murders from Chicago to Las Vegas. It was thought that Spilotro was also involved in a 1982 attempt to kill Rosenthal by planting a bomb in Rosenthal's Cadillac. Due to his association with Spilotro, and alleged involvement with Chicago Organized Crime figures, as well as his earlier Florida conviction, Rosenthal was denied a gaming license by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and ultimately banned for life from all Nevada casinos by virtue of being places in the "Black Book". Following his banishment from Nevada, Rosenthal retired to California, and ultimately returned to Florida where he managed a sports handicapping website.
Frank Lawrence "Lefty" Rosenthal was 79.
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Created by: Jeff Thomson
Record added: Jan 01, 2009
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