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Vegas casino boss Lefty Rosenthal dead at 79

Oct 15, 2008 8:17 PM

Staff & Wire Reports | Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, the former Las Vegas casino boss who inspired the character Sam "Ace" Rothstein in the movie "Casino," has died. He was 79.

Rosenthal, who was eventually banned from Nevada casinos through the state’s infamous "black book," died Monday at his Miami Beach condo, according to a Miami Beach fire-rescue spokeperson.

Rosenthal, a one-time Chicago hot dog stand owner, ran the Stardust, Fremont, Hacienda and Marina casinos in the 1970s. Rosenthal was a renowned sports handicapper and was also well known for his alleged organized crime ties.

He left Las Vegas after an attempt on his life in October 1982 and eventually wound up on Nevada’s list of excluded persons, mostly unsavory types banned from the state’s casinos.

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